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Sarawak will be glad to see the return of Ronny Harun from injury when they face Pahang in the second leg of the Malaysia Cup semi-finals. – Bernama Photo
KUCHING: Premier League champions Sarawak will be back at full strength for the return-leg of the Malaysia Cup semi-finals against Pahang following the return of seasoned hands Ronny Harun and Joseph Kallang Tie from injury and suspension respectively.
Sarawak coach Robert Alberts said that the presence of the two former internationals will give him more options and put them in a good position to qualify for the Malaysia Cup final despite trailing Pahang by two-goals after losing the first-leg 3-1 in Kuantan on Saturday.
“Our confidence level is high and we are all set to turn the tables on Pahang,” warned the Dutchman ahead of the return leg at the Sarawak Stadium in Kuching on Saturday.
“We have the resources to beat Pahang in front of our home fans. We lost the battle but not the war. It’s going to be tough but we have come this far and will not give up without a fight. Mind you, we also have an away goal. All we need is a 2-0 win to qualify on the away goal rule.”
Asked about his game plan, the Dutchman said: “We need to play aggressively and not rush for goals because it will only put undue pressure on the team.
“When we have the opportunity, we will score. We have always played that way because we do not depend on certain players to get the goals.”
Alberts also pointed out that Pahang “are dangerous in their attacks and in the box”.
“Pahang are a good team ... if you give them half a chance, they will score,” he said.
Pahang will also have two key players – centreback Razman Roslan and midfielder Mohd Amirulhadi Zainal – back from injuries.
Sarawak football legend Awang Mahyan Awang Mohamad is optimistic that the Crocs will make the final provided they display the same kind spirit which saw them dispose of Kedah 4-0 and Perak 6-1 in the group matches at home.
“Bring home the Malaysia Cup to the land of the Hornbill. Although, I’m no more the state football coach, it is my sincere hope and dream to see Sarawak win the prestigious Malaysia Cup,” said the 63-year-old Awang Mahyan.
In 1989, Awang Mahyan inspired by the Ngap Sayot battle cry to whip the whole of Sarawak into a frenzy by leading an all-local line-up to qualify for their first ever Malaysia Cup semi-finals. They lost to Kedah.
Sarawak last entered the Malaysia Cup final in 1999 but lost 2-1 to Brunei.
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