Pahang doesn’t want to be labelled as favourites in the Malaysia Cup.
The Elephants coach Zainal Abidin Hassan insist their goal was to retain the trophy they won after 21 years last year but does not want his side to be pressured.
Five of the previous winners failed win successive title with the last consecutive winners being Kedah in 2007 and 2008. Prior to that, Selangor’s hattrick on win from 1995-1997 were the back-to-back winners in the last 25 years.
“On paper we may be the favourites but I have seen so many favourites or even defending champions struggle to retain the trophy. I don’t want my team to be distracted by that.
“Yes, we want to win the Malaysia Cup again but let’s take one game at a time.
“We still have hopes of finished top of Group A but it’s not in our hands. We need do our part and hope LionsXII could get something out of Felda United,” said Zainal.
Felda lead Group A 10 points with Pahang on nine. Both team have already qualified for the quarterfinals but the final round of group matches will determine who finishes top, for arguably an easier tie against Sime Darby or Selangor. Group A runners-up will meet Premier League winners Police, who have yet to be beaten in the competition.
Pahang defeated Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) II 4-0 in the opening match but Azmi Mohamed’s side has grown since. They Johorean have already defeated one Super League side at home and will look to add Pahang to the list at the Pasir Gudang Stadium on Tuesday.