Life at the top of the table is only going to be more difficult for Pahang. Coach Zainal Abidin Hasssan believes the real test for this team begins now as they top the Super League.
Zainal, who took over from Ron Smith last month, wants his players to double up their efforts as every team would be out to dislodge them.
Pahang moved two points clear of Selangor and Terengganu after their 2-0 win over Perak last weekend with 19 points. Selangor and Terengganu both have a game in hand against each other.
After recording four consecutive wins in their last matches, Zainal hopes the Elephants would record yet another win over T-Team at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Stadium on Saturday.
“Getting to the top was not an easy task. The players gave everything they could and commitment is unquestionable.
“But the players have to realise that it is only going to get more difficult now that we are leaders in the table.
“Everyone wants to catch up on us and would be doubly motivated to do well against us.
“The time has come for us to face the real test and show our true and steely character. It is always more difficult to remain on top than to try and reach the top.
“Although we have achieved the results to top the table our performance could have been better. I don’t think we were impressive in our last outting (despite defeating Perak 2-0 in Kuantan).
“We need to continuously raise our game and set new standards, if we want to b championship material,” said Zainal.
Pahang play T-Team again on April 12 at home in the reserve League fixtures before visiting defending champions LionsXII three days later. They host Sime Darby on April 19, before the league takes a two week break for the national team.