Things have changed since Pahang’s first round defeat to South China last month and coach Zainal Abidin Hassan wants to turn the tides around when the two teams clash again at the Mong Kok Stadium on Wednesday.
Then, Pahang fell to a 1-0 defeat in Kuantan and were in scoring crisis. Since, the Elephants won all four of their matches. They have also found the net nine times in four matches as compared to the previous poor efficiency of seven in nine outings.
“It’s great we are scoring and winning matches now. Each win brings more confidence to the players and I looking to keep that going,” said Zainal.
“South China are different material than our last few domestic matches but it’s not impossible to get a result. We only had ourselves to blame for not winning the earlier group match.”
Pahang are second in Group G on four points but Myanmar’s Yadanarbon is within striking distance as only one point separates them. But with Yadanarbon yet to travel to Kuantan, Pahang have an advantage.
Furthermore, Pahang defeated Yadanarbon 3-2 in Mandalay in February.
“I want us to avoid leaving till late to qualify. Second place will take us through but finishing top would be better as we could get a better draw in the next round,” said Zainal.