Pahang winger R. Gopinathan believes his team's winning mentality will see them through to clinch the FA Cup title on Saturday against Premier League side Felda United.
PETALING JAYA: Last year’s Malaysia Cup triumph has got Pahang thirsting for more honours.
Winger R. Gopinathan said the team are inspired to go for more glory after the historic win seven months ago – when they edged Kelantan 1-0 in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Nov 3.
“We’re still in a triumphant mood ... the stadium is full for all our home matches and there’s this special feeling once again. The atmosphere is still there and it’s good for the team,” said Gopinathan from Temerloh on Thursday.
However, the 24-year-old Gopinathan said they will have to remain focused when they take on Premier League outfit Felda United in the FA Cup final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
“The final is always a 50-50 game. Felda will be no pushovers as we saw how they beat defending champions Kelantan in the semi-finals (on away goals rule after a 5-5 aggregate),” warned Gopinathan of the ‘Fighters’, which is now Felda’s official moniker.
Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan has an established set of players, led by skipper Razman Roslan. He also has Jamaican Damion Stewart in defence, the fleet-footed Azamuddin Akil and Gopinathan on the flanks and Mohd Faizol Hussain and Mohd Hafiz Kamal pulling the strings in the engine room.
In attack, Argentine Matias Conti and Nigerian Dickson Nwakaeme should be a handful for the Felda defence.
Gopinathan singled out Felda striker Edward Wilson Junior as the dangerman that they should pay extra attention on.