The final lap – that’s how Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan describes their final Super League matches against PKNS (Saturday) and Perak (June 25).
He concedes Pahang should be challenging for the title but for a drop in league form last month.
A winless May saw the Elephants drop from top of the league to third place with a four-point gap with leaders Johor Darul Takzim (JDT).
Mahematically, Pahang could still lift the Super League trophy – a feat that would see them hold all M-League trophies – but Zainal believes its a far shot.
Pahang won the Malaysia Cup last November, the Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup (Charity Shield) in January and the FA Cup, which Zainal won for the second time as Pahang coach.
“There’s a glimmer or hope and we hold on too it. Funny things have happened in football. But realistically we are looking to cement the third place,” said Zainal.
“PKNS and Perak are battling relegation and would strive to be on top of their game. We have to be cautious and not take take them easy.
“The final few matches are when teams make a desperate attempt collect points so the form book rarely applies,” he added.
Bottom-placed PKNS defeated defending champions LionsXII 2-1 at the Shah Alam Stadium last Tuesday to give them a slight hope of staying in top flight but could get relegated should suffer a defeat to Pahang at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday.