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by k. rajan
Mohd Fauzi Roslan says a chance to play in the Malaysia Cup final is surreal. He hopes to be picked for the Pahang team in the final against Kelantan on Sunday. – Bernama Photo
PETALING JAYA: Pahang striker Mohd Fauzi Roslan was nine years old when the Elephants entered their last Malaysia Cup final in 1997.
And the Pekan local clearly remembers the excitement of the final although he just watched the match on TV, when Christopher Kiwomya scored a golden goal for Selangor to edge Pahang 1-0.
The 25-year-old striker who has hit 11 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for the east coast side has vowed to give his best for the team if picked to play in the final against defending champions Kelantan at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday.
The 25-year-old striker started off his campaign this season with a bang, scoring 10 goals before suffering a slump in April. The arrival of Argentinian hitman Matias Conti in the second transfer window pushed him down the pecking order.
The former Shahzan Muda player who came in as a substitute for the injured Conti in the Malaysia Cup semi-final second-leg scored for Pahang with his first touch to hold Sarawak 1-1 and advance to the final on a 4-2 aggregate last week.
“I still remember the 1997 final defeat but the 1992 final win (1-0 over Kedah) is vague because I was a toddler then. Now, it’s my turn to help the team win the final and it is surreal,” said Fauzi.
“Every player dreams of winning the Malaysia Cup and we are just a step away from it. I’m happy to be in the final after a 16-year hiatus but the target is now to win the Cup.”
Fauzi, who is fondly called Kojie in Pahang, said that he was baffled by his sudden loss of form but a long talk with coach and former national striker Dollah Salleh has put him back on track.
“Conti is the main striker now but he’s injured and it gives me a good chance to get back into the team. I’m really glad to find my scoring touch again after a long spell but I need to work harder,” said Fauzi.
“I’m grateful for coach Dollah’s guidance. I now know my weaknesses and I’m working hard to overcome them. It’s up to the coach to pick the team but I’m ready to give my best if picked to play in the final.”
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football, Malaysia Cup, Kelantan, Pahang, Elephants, Kojie, Mohd Fauzi Roslan, Matias Conti, Dollah Salleh
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