Pahang need a comfortable win against Penang in the FA Cup quarterfinal first leg in Kuantan on Tuesday or risk facing a tricky second leg
at the island.
Coach Zainal Abidin was wary over Penang’s unbeaten run in the Premier League and wants his boys to get the job done at the Darul Makmur.
“We must win… travelling to Penang will not be easy considering Penang is high in morale. They top the Premier League and are unbeaten. This gives any team confidence,” said Zainal.
“I expect them to do well even in Kuantan but we have to stop that. We are slowly getting into rhythm and need another good performance to keep morale high.”
Pahang enter the match at the back of a 3-2 win over Singaporean development side LionsXII on Saturday.
The result pushed the Elephants just four points behind early league leaders Police. Prior to that, Pahang had only collected five points from five matches and had difficulties finding the back of the net.
“It was a relieve to get things going. I saw improvements in game play, finishing and teamwork as compared to before the international break.
“But work is not done yet. We have to keep improving if we were to challenge for titles,” said Zainal.
Pahang, who defeated Johor Darul Takzim and MISC-MIFA to reach the FA Cup quarterfinals, have a near full squad to choose from. Right winger Azamuddin Akil is back in training after a long spell in the sidelines while D. Saarvindran is still on the recovery road.