Turtles eyeing final berth in FA Cup


BY ERIC SAMUEL

KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu feel they may have done enough to oust Super League champions Pahang from the FA Cup competition. 

The Turtles take a 2-0 lead from the first leg semi-final match to Kuantan on Sept 11 for the return match at the Darulmakmur Stadium. 

Coach Mohamed Nik said that his charges had the ability to pull off another surprise if they maintained the same kind of fighting qualities showed at home on Wednesday. 

“Yes, we can qualify to the final. It is possible if the players put their hearts and souls into it again,” said Mohamed Nik yesterday. 

On Wednesday, Brazilian Dos Santos was a constant menace to the Pahang defence and he netted the two goals. 

But Mohamed Nik saw it necessary to remind his team ahead of the return match of the potent Pahang attack, which include Golden Boot winner Indra Putra Mahayuddin, Australian international Anthony Milicic, Senegal's Diallo Mamadou, Mohamed Fadzli Shaari, Hairuddin Omar and Azizul Kamaluddin. 

“Pahang have one of the strongest set of forwards. We have to be disciplined in our defence to cut off their raids. It is going to be tough. This is our last chance to finish the season with something to cheer,” said Mohamed Nik, who took over the side from Tajuddin Nor after two matches into the Premier League this season. 

Terengganu finished one rung short of making the Malaysia Cup competition, They were fifth in Group B with 35 points – three points fewer than fourth-placed Negri Sembilan. 

A visibly upset Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan slammed his players for their complacent approach against Terengganu. 

“They paid the price for taking it easy.  

“I have warned them time and time again against letting their guard down because all the team will go all out to beat us,” he said. 

“The team also failed to take their chances at goal. Terengganu did their job right and we were punished for our own mistakes. Now, we have an uphill task in the return match in Kuantan.” 

Pahang are chasing a treble this season.  

They won the Super League last month and started well in the Malaysia Cup competition – beating PKNS (4-1) and MK Land (3-0) in Group A. 

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