Voice Of Pahang

May 29, 2014

Let us gather in full force at the Darul Makmur Stadium tomorrow night to give full support to our team with the hope of making the FA Cup final.

It is not going to be an easy battle against an equally formidable and determined team in Johor Darul Ta’zim.
That matches against both teams have always been close affairs further underlines a long battle is on the cards.
Although, the Elephants have a slight advantage with an away goal from the first leg 1-1 draw, it will really mean nothing with Johor DT riding high with their up tempo performance and victories over Lions XII and Selangor in Super League matches.
For Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan, he has his own problems with suspension to key players, skipper Razman Roslan, Saiful Nizam Miswan and Azidan Sarudin, while Dickson Nwakaeme is doubtful starter because of injury.
It has been Zainal’s woes for the last few matches, and although he has tried his best to cope, the team has not been at full strength and that they have slipped from Super League table toppers to fourth place, clearly underlines the problem the team is facing.
But Zainal is determined to overcome the setbacks and hopes to see the players motivated with a place in FA Cup final at stake, to raise their performance to overcome JDT’s challenge.
 However, Zainal knows that it is easier said than done.
He will really have to dig deep into his reserves and experience to reach the FA Cup final.
The fans will certainly play a big role in motivating the Pahang players especially since it is home ground.
But it is hoped that the fan support turns out to be an advantage for Pahang and not a burden with an equally strong support coming from the JDT fans.
Pahang FA match management committee chairman Raja Mustafa shah Raja Jalil Shah has already pleaded to the fans to come in numbers to support the team, but to be in their best behaviour.
He has strongly reminded Pahang fans not to be involved in any trouble with visiting fans or let out firecrackers, smoke bombs or flares.
Generally, Pahang fans have been very sporting and have stayed out of trouble.
But sometimes, in the heat of the game, there is a possibility of getting carried away.
It is hoped that emotions are kept in check and a high level of sporting spirit is displayed.
Although there were media reports saying that there was fans trouble in the first leg of the FA Cup semi finals in Larkin, but it was not true.
There was no untoward incidents and in fact fans from both sides were seen mingling with each other in a friendly atmosphere.
It is great to see fans support in the rise in numbers not only for Pahang, but for most teams this season.
But we are Malaysians and do not get involved fan hooliganism. That is not our culture.
Let us enjoy the game, and no matter who wins the game, let us walk out of the stadium safe and entertained.
Let us also not forget that the Pahang FA president, Tengku Muda of Pahang, Tengku Abdul Rahman, supports the fans club fully and is part and parcel Elephant Army.
Any untoward incidents from the fans, will only tarnish the good name of Tengku Muda who has done so much for Pahang football.
While we hope to see Pahang in the FA Cup final, let us not mar the night with any moment of silly behaviour which we will only regret later.
Onwards to victory Pahang!

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