Do not underestimate your opponents.
That is message Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan has given his players ahead of their Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup season curtain raiser against Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) at the Larkin Stadium.
The records show, JDT have not had their way against the Elephants in recent times. The team met five time last year but the Southern Tigers failed to win any of it.
Pahang ran winners three times while the other two games ended in draws.
“Football is about looking forward. We have to think of what is ahead instead being satisfied with what we have,” said Zainal.
“Last season was good… good results against Super League winners JDT also. But we start from scratch now. We want to keep improving on our achievements and having won three trophies last year, the Super League is missing.”
Pahang are without suspended defender Saiful Nizam Miswan and injured national winger Azamudin Akil, who has still not fully recovered since limping off in the AFF Suzuki Cup final between Malaysia and Thailand.
The match also serves an the opening Super League match.
Coincidentally, Pahang and JDT’s last M-League match was against each other. Then, Zainal’s charges edged JDT 5-3 on penalties after the teams drew 2-2 to lift their consecutive Malaysia Cup trophy.