Home > Sport > Football
Friday October 18, 2013 MYT 8:38:00 PM
Friday October 18, 2013 MYT 8:39:45 PM
by eric samuel
Pahang is counting on Argentine hotshot Matias Conti to get the goals when they meet Sarawak on Saturday at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan.
PETALING JAYA: The Elephants are aiming for a big win at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan on Saturday.
Pahang head coach Dollah Salleh expects his men to run riot and pile up the goals when they host Premier League champions Sarawak in the first leg of the Malaysia Cup semi-finals.
“Don’t get me wrong for being bold. We are not underestimating Sarawak. It’s just that we need a comfortable cushion for the mammoth task in Kuching for the return leg next Friday,” said a concerned Dollah on Friday.
The East Malaysians boast the best home record this season – with 11 wins, a draw and a defeat. This statistic alone should serve as a warning to Pahang to make the best of their home game.
“I expect nothing less than 200% from my boys. Everyone knows how it is like to play in front of the passionate Sarawak fans. They have won all their four home matches in the Malaysia Cup competition, including the 6-1 thrashing of Perak in the group match and the 3-1 triumph over Sime Darby FC in the return-leg of the quarter-finals,” said Dollah.
“I told my boys that we need more than a two-goal cushion to take to Kuching if we are to book a place in the final. It’s not going to be an easy task but we have to make the chances count in front of our home fans.”
Dollah will be counting on Azamuddin Akil and Argentine hotshot Matias Conti to get the goals and speedy flankers R. Gopinathan and R. Surendren to provide the ammunition.
Sarawak head coach Robert Alberts admitted that the pressure will be on Pahang to deliver in front of their home fans in the first leg.
“It’s good that they acknowledged our strength at home. But, to be honest, we are also not too bad in away matches either,” warned the Dutchman, who has transformed the East Malaysian outfit into a feared side.
Cameroon midfielder Guy Bwele and Bosnian striker Muamer Salibasic have been a revelation for the Crocs.
Alberts has done a good job in getting them to gel with locals Ronny Harun, Bobby Gonzales, Junior Eldstal, Mafry Balang and Zamri Morshidi.
Sarawak are looking to make their only second final in the history of the Malaysia Cup competition after losing to Brunei 2-1 in 1999.
The only setback for Alberts is the absence of skipper Joseph Kallang Tie with injury.
Tags / Keywords:
football, Malaysia Cup, Matias Conti, Pahang, Elephants, Sarawak, Dollah Salleh
Copyright © 1995-2013 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)