Football

Published: Friday May 9, 2014 MYT 7:31:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 9, 2014 MYT 10:00:54 PM

Veenod out to plot Pahang downfall

Selangor midfielder S. Veenod believes his team can beat Pahang in Kuantan in their Super League match on Saturday. - Filepic

Selangor midfielder S. Veenod believes his team can beat Pahang in Kuantan in their Super League match on Saturday. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Selangor midfielder S. Veenod is all fired up to architect Pahang’s downfall in their top-of-the-table clash at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan on Saturday night.

The Elephants lead the 12-team Super League standings with 28 points and are ahead of Selangor with a better goal difference. A win will propel the Red Giants to the top of the table.

Veenod, who has made the central midfield role as his own following regular K. Gurusamy’s long-term knee injury, is confident the Red Giants can smash the Elephants’ unblemished seven-match unbeaten home record.

The 26-year-old pointed out that Selangor were 1-0 winners over Pahang at the MBPJ Stadium in the reverse fixture and there is no reason why they can’t repeat their winning ways in Kuantan.

“There are no big stars in our team any more and it has turned us into a much more hardworking side compared to last season. I believe our hardwork will yield us the result,” said Veenod, who joined Selangor in 2013.

“We are desperate to end our trophy drought and this game can make or break our season. Pahang are flying high now but they are not invincible.”

The Red Giants, who arrived in Kuantan on Friday, will be boosted by the return of Brazilian defender Evaldo and injured Australian Steve Pantelidis.

Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic is also expected to field new signing Nazmi Faiz Mansor after the youngster made his debut from the bench against Terengganu on Monday.

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