HEAVY rain 45 minutes before the kickoff saw the Group A opening Malaysia Cup match between Pahang and Johor at the Darulmakmur Stadium delayed by forty minutes.
Referee Muhd Nazmi Nasaruddin and his assistants after inspecting the pitch which was waterlogged in certain parts of the field and only drizzling at kickoff time at 8.45pm, he decided to delay the kickoff indefinitely.
The officials came out again at 9pm to inspect the field where the water was subsidising – thanks to a good drainage system – and decided to start the game at 9.40pm.
Both Pahang and Johor had earlier warmed up in the heavy rain before deciding to return to their dressing rooms as there was no signs of the raining letting up,
Pahang loyal Elephant Army kept their Pahang team company by signing songs in the heavy rain.
Both teams at the start of the game settled down quickly and created chances to grab an early lead with Pahang’s Azammuddin Mohd Akil and Johor’s Mohd Aznie Taib having clear chance but saw the custodians safe.
But it was Pahang who was successful with a totally “foreign touch” goal from a corner which went to the other corner for defender Damion Stewart to send a tricky cross which Matias Ruben Conti picked up to slide to Dickson Nwakaeme to slot it home.
Pahang were in total control after that, but simply could not increase their lead until Matias found the net in the 38th minute.
The Elephants goal woes continued to only return to the dressing room with a two advantage when they should have piled up the goals.?