Faizol may return to be substitute

June 5, 2014

Faizol Hussin may have put Pahang in the FA Cup final with a stunning goal but it is uncertain he would remain in the starting line-up against Felda United on Saturday.

However, the 28-year-old understands that Pahang have a group of talented players and that some would have to sit out of the starting eleven.

Faizol, who replaced suspended Azidan Sarudin in the starting eleven in the FA Cup semifinal second clash against Johor Darul Takzim (JDT), may return to bench as the latter has formed a good understanding with national midifelder Hafiz Kamal.

“I want to play…. no footballer would say otherwise. But I understand that we have many options,” said Faizol.

“Against JDT, we had three players suspended… all of them were key to us reaching the semifinals, but we showed that the replacements that came in were equally as good.

“We have several players who could play in different positions, allowing us to have several quality players for each role. This helps Pahang a lot,” he added.

Pahang are gunning for their second M-League trophy in as many years. The Elephants won the Malaysia Cup for the first time after 21 years last year, a game in which Faizol came on a second half substitute.

He expects another tough game against Felda, who have already scalped Super League sides Sime Darby. Sarawak and JDT to reach the final.

“Felda have showed they can’t be brushed aside. We need to respect them for that but at the same time we must not be too cautious as that would let Felda control the match,” said Faizol.

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