Pahang not giving up yet despite slim hopes

PENANG: Pahang’s Malaysia Cup campaign could come to a premature end but the East Coast giants are not about to throw in the towel. 

Even if Pahang beat Sarawak in their Group C clash at the Stadium Darulmakmur tonight, they may still miss out on a last eight ticket as they currently have only four points from four outings. Perlis lead the group with 10 points while Sarawak are second with nine points. 

Coach Zainal Abidin Hassan said they still have a chance of making the last eight. 

“I am fully aware that our chances of making the quarter-finals is awfully slim, especially after our defeat to Perlis in mid-week,” said Zainal in a telephone interview from Kuantan yesterday. 

“To further compound our already delicate situation, we have to depend on favours from the other teams. A win tomorrow (tonight) will not help us unless results from the other matches are favourable to us.”  

If Pahang win the remaining two preliminary round matches it will not guarantee them a place in the last eight. They must hope for Perlis to beat Sarawak in the last Group C tie at Kangar on July 29 to secure a berth. 

“I may not be a firm believer in miracles, but the unthinkable can still happen. As such we must first have the ability to help ourselves. No matter how slim our hopes may be, we must fight on,’’ said Zainal.’’ 

In another Group C tie, which will only be played at the MPPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya on Tuesday, Perlis will be out to cement their place in the last eight with victory over pointless Selangor PKNS.  

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