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Tuesday, September 25, 2001

M-Cup - Pahang: We are going into war zone vs S'wak

JOHOR BARU: Pahang have likened their Malaysia Cup Group B match against Sarawak at the Sarawak Stadium in Kuching tonight as one that will be played in a “war zone”.

In the biggest upset in the competition thus far, Sarawak were crushed 0-4 by Premier II’s club side Negri Sembilan Chempaka in Seremban on Saturday. And Pahang coach and manager does not cherish his team taking on a wounded Sarawak tonight.

“We will be entering a war zone (the Sarawak Stadium),” said Yunus in a telephone interview from Kuantan before leaving with the team for Kuching yesterday.

Yunus also has another battle on hand. The team have been depending too much on striker Azizul Kamaluddin for goals and this has not worked well for them.

Azizul, the joint Golden Boot winner last year, is a marked man and the goals have dried up for Pahang.

“The team must stop depending on Azizul alone to win matches for Pahang. Sarawak will mark him out again and the others have to shoulder the burden to deliver the goals,” said Yunus.

“Sarawak’s pride has been hurt (by Chempaka) and I expect them to take it out on us with vengeance. They have an experienced side and they are capable of rising to the occasion. We could face a backlash.”

The Elephants top the group with four points – one point more than Chempaka. They beat Chempaka 2-1 at home in the first match and then drew 0-0 with Kelantan.

Sarawak started off on a bright note, beating Kelantan 2-0. But they were brought down to earth by Chempaka last Saturday.

“We are bracing ourselves for a torrid time at the Sarawak Stadium. I can feel the heat even before the match is played. Sarawak have the players to turn the match in their favour and I have been telling this to my players,” said Yunus.

Meanwhile, Sarawak coach Jalil Ramli, stunned by his players’ insipid performance against Chempaka, is expected make changes to the line-up.

“We have the tendency to lose possession of the ball easily. We have to cut this out and have more share of the ball,” he said.

Source: The Star

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