JOHOR BARU: Kelantan cannot expect to get any favours from Pahang in their bid for a place in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals from Group A at the Sultan Mohamad IV Stadium in Kota Baru tonight.
Pahang are already through to the quarter-finals with maximum points from four matches, including two wins over the much touted Kedah.
And coach Yunus Alif said from Kuantan before leaving for Kota Baru yesterday: “There is no question of throwing away our match against Kelantan.
“We have made it to the quarter-finals and we have to continue building on our mental strength. I want the team to go all out and the players have to continue to show the hunger and determination to win matches.”
Former international Zuraimi Hassan will retain his place in the starting line-up because Iqbal Suhaimi is still away to prepare for his SPM examinations.
Zuraimi, who was relegated to the bench after a series of poor performances, warmed Yunus' heart with an encouraging show in the 1-0 win over Kedah in Kangar on Sunday – a win which guaranteed Pahang a place in the quarter-finals.
However, internationals Rosdi Talib and Subri Sulong are doubtful starters.
Rosdi did not see action in Kangar because of fever while Subri is nursing a hamstring injury. A groin injury could also see Brazilian defender Christiano Da Silva on the sidelines.
Kelantan face the prospects of playing the match with a depleted side because almost half of their players are down with viral fever.
Among them are goalkeeper Azuan Othman, striker Adamec Martin and midfielders Sharul Azrin, Rozmin Musa and Arman Zairi.