PETALING JAYA: Pahang coach Dollah Salleh hailed Namibian striker Lazarus Kaimbi’s performance as he starred in the 4-1 win over Melaka in their final Super League match.
Kaimbi helped himself to a brace (first and 69th minutes) at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday.
Mohamadou Sumareh (40th) and Saddil Ramdani (90th) were also on target as Melaka earned their consolation goal through Luka Milunovic (58th).
The 30-year-old striker, who joined the Elephants at the end of the second transfer window in May, had a slow start scoring just a goal in seven matches.
Dollah said the team’s win in their last two matches and Kaimbi’s form augur well for their Malaysia Cup campaign which will begin on Aug 3.
“Lazarus seems to be doing what we expect from him in the last two matches. You can see that he’s working for 90 minutes. I hope he can continue his form in the Malaysia Cup,” said Dollah.
“Now that the league is done and dusted, we are aiming to lift the Cup. It will, in a way, ease the pain of our FA Cup semi-final defeat. Dickson (Nwakaeme) is also back from injury and we’re looking forward to our Cup campaign.”
Melaka coach Zainal Abidin Hassan said his players’ lack of focus cost them the game.
“The early goal affected them. Every time we tried to mount a comeback, we make another mistake and we concede,” said the former international.
“This is only the second game for goalkeeper Ahmad Solehin (Mamat) but I see our own mistakes causing us more problems than his inexperience.”