Nafuzi all smiles after victory but wants to work on finishing

Petrus Shitembi

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu coach Nafuzi Zain could afford to grin from ear-to-ear after seeing his Turtles wake up from their slumber to beat Pahang 2-1 in a Super League match at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan on Sunday.

It was the east coast side’s third straight win and it snapped Pahang’s five-match unbeaten run.

Namibian Petrus Shitembi was the hero for Terengganu when he assisted the first goal for Habib Haroon in the 73rd minute and scored the winner in the 87th minute.

Pahang drew first blood through Argentinian winger Manuel Hidalgo in the 47th minute.Before the Pahang win, Terengganu had beaten Selangor 2-0 at the Petaling Jaya Stadium and Sarawak United 1-0 at the Sultan Mizan Stadium in Gong Badak.

Nafuzi was obviously over the moon with the Pahang win but rued the lacklustre finishing of the players.

“Injured players have returned. The team are getting back into the right groove and all are showing character. They fought from the first until the last minute and never gave up even when they were 0-1 down,” said Nafuzi.

“The players enjoyed their football and the result came. Not easy to play against a side who are unbeaten in five games.

“Performance-wise, I cannot fault them at all, but finishing was a problem. The chances we create are breathtaking but we have to work on our finishing,’’ said Nafuzi.

Terengganu are fourth in the league with 26 points from 16 matches.

Meanwhile, Pahang coach Datuk Dollah Salleh was disappointed that the team’s five-game unbeaten run ended but admitted they lost to a better team.

“They were on a different level. Terengganu played well and were deserving winners. We were just too cautious and defended a lot. Steven (Rodriguez) lacked support in attack, so that’s why we were unable to conjure attacks,” said Dollah.

“Even when we scored the first goal, we just decided to be cautious and not get another goal. That’s when our rhythm fell.”

Pahang remain fifth in the league with 21 points from 17 games.

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