November 23, 2015
The Elephants were urged to put aside their not so impressive group stage campaign ahead of the quarter-final tie against LionsXII at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Tuesday.
The defending champions finished second in Group D, behind Premier League side PKNS, and have to play at home first in the last eight at consequence.
“There was nothing to shout about in the group stages but that is past now,” said Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan.
“Being defending champions, everyone wants to beat us. We must work even harder. Defending the title last year was tough, this year I expect an even tougher challenge.
“We have players to win the Cup. I don’t doubt that but the lack of concentration at the back is a concern. We conceded too many goals already and need to tighten up if we want to win a hattrick of Malaysia Cup titles.”
LionsXII are a tough nut to crack at the Jalan Besar Stadium and Zainal knows the Elephants must take an advantage to Singapore for the second leg on Nov 28.
The 2015 FA Cup winners finished top of Group A, which included Terengganu and Premier League champions Kedah.