The Pahang players celebrate Dickson Nwakaeme's winning goal against Felda United in the FA Cup final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday. - BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: Pahang skipper Mohd Razman Roslan admitted that he was worried that the FA Cup was slipping away before they staged a fightback to beat Felda United 2-1 in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
Felda raced ahead through Edward Wilson Junior in the 22nd minute but Pahang fought back with substitute Mohd Faizol Hussain equalising in the 79th minute before Dickson Nwakaeme struck the winner in the 89th.
“We were feeling down after going a goal down early in the match. I was worried that the Cup was slipping away from us,” said the 29-year-old after the match.
“We took our opponents easy and were punished in the first half ... we also struggled to play our normal game. I’m glad the tactical changes in the second half got us back in the game and eventually the win.”
The former Selangor player praised midfielder Faizol for turning the final into Pahang’s favour.
“We have a good squad of players but the coach can only pick 11 players for a match. Faizol is a perfect example. He came in as a substitute and scored a great goal for us.”
Razman added that it was an amazing experience to lift the Cup as the team’s skipper.
“I was a part of the Pahang squad who won the Malaysia Cup last year. Then, I wasn’t the skipper. Now as captain, it proved to be an unforgettable moment for me.
“We will now shift our focus to the Super League. There are five more matches to play and we are looking at winning all five to be in contention for the league title.”
Pahang are fourth in the 12-team Super League standings. They have 29 points after 17 matches to trail leaders Selangor by five points.