Sukma champs Pahang aim to bag another double at Razak Cup

Time to rejoice: Pahang won the men’s hockey gold after edging Johor 1-0 in the final. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Pahang are eyeing another double delight, this time at the Razak Cup to cement their status as the new hockey powerhouse.

In the Malaysia Games (Sukma), the east coast side captured the men’s crown after edging Johor 1-0 on Friday and won the women’s gold with a 2-1 win over Selangor.

Pahang coach Mohd Sufian Mohd dedicated the rousing success to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for his continuous support for the game in the state.

“This is the result of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s idea in establishing the Pahang hockey academy in 2013, with Tuanku setting a target for us to win all age-group tournaments including Sukma,” said Sufian.

“These players have been with me for 10 years. I’ve managed the core group since the start and we have proven that Pahang are now a dominant force in the sport.

“And the next aim is to capture another double at the Razak Cup. Last year, both teams finished as runners-up.”

The Razak Cup will be held at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Oct 6-16.

Commenting on the men’s final, Sufian admitted that they wanted to avoid the penalty shootout which cost them the gold against Sabah in the 2018 Sukma final in Perak.

“I didn’t want to go through that episode again and had stressed to the players that we need to finish off the match in regulation time,” added Sufian.

They waited until the last minute to execute the plan when Idris Samad scored the winner in the 59th minute.

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