KUALA LUMPUR – Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) Head Coach, Bojan Hodak urged his backline to keep tab on Pahang’s strike force when both teams meet in the Malaysia Cup Final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, tonight.
The 43-year old Croatian-born coach said, Pahang’s twin strikers Dickson Nwakaeme from Nigeria and Matias Conti from Argentina would be able to score if his players were careless.
“Pahang is quite strong in the attacking department…besides these two players, both their wingers, R. Gopinathan and Alex (Azamuddin Mohd Akil) will be a threat,” he told reporters after attending the team managers meeting at the venue, here, yesterday.
Hodak said, his players will go all out to win the match despite already having clinched the Super League title, this season.
“For me, winning one trophy is less pressure than winning nothing. When playing under pressure, someone can make a mistake. So far, I’m quite happy that my boys have played well,” he said adding that he already had his starting line up in mind.
Meanwhile, Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan was also in high spirits and oozing with confidence.
Zainal, a former international believes his boys would be able to dish out a spirited performance to win their second consecutive Malaysia Cup title.
“To me, every player in Pahang has a pre-set task and they will have to work closely,” said Zainal.
JDT made it to the final after beating Felda United 6-5 on aggregate while Pahang overturned a 1-3 deficit to advance with a 6-3 aggregate score against Kedah. – Bernama