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M’sia Cup: Winning Start For Defendeng Champs Pahang

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KUALA LUMPUR – Defending champions Pahang edged Police 4-3 in their opening match
in Group D in the Malaysia Cup tournament at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan last
night.

Mohammad Azamuddin Mohammad Akil opened scoring for The Elephants as early as
the 2nd minute before rounding off a hattrick with his other goals coming in the
34th and 64th minutes.

‘The Cops’ were not ones to throw in the towel easily and neutralised
Pahang’s advantage through Malian import, Dramane Traore in the 12th minute,
Ashfaq Ali (71st) and Jaime Celestino Dias Braganca (74th) but it all came to
naught when Pahang’s Nigerian import Dickson Nwakaeme clinched the winning goal
in the 79th minute for the hosts to collect three full points.

In another Group D action, PKNS FC romped home to a 3-0 victory against Penang
at the City Stadium in George Town.

The hosts had the misfortune of playing with 10 men from the 21st minute after
referee Ku Alauddin Ku Muhammad gave Hilton Mauro Moreira the marching orders
for a terrible tackle on PKNS FC striker P. Gunalan.

PKNS FC’s goals were netted by Mohd Nazrin Syamsulbahri (17th), Gabriel Miguel
Guerra (18th) and Mohd Nizam Abu Bakar (54th).

In group C action, Kelantan thrashed Selangor 3-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium.

The Red Warriors’ goals were scored by Brazillian import Gilmar Da Silva in
the 26th and 53rd minutes while Nigerian import, Austin Amutu found the
net in the 49th minute.

Super League representatives Felda United FC (FUFC) also blasted T-Team in a
similar scoreline at the Selayang Stadium in another Group C match.

Australian import player, Ndumba Makeche opened scoring for the hosts in
the 35th minute before Indra Putra Mahayuddin added another goal from a penalty
three minutes later.

In the 70th minute, Makeche scored his second goal to give The Settlers a
3-0 victory.

In Group A, four teams shared a point each when both matches ended in draws.

Current FA Cup champions, Lions XII failed to capitalise on their homeground
advantage when they were tied 1-1 with Kedah, the 2015 Premier League champions,
at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

Kedah went ahead in the 16th minute via Brazillian Sandro da
Silva Mendonca before the hosts equalised through Shahdan Sulaiman two minutes
later.

At the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium, Terengganu playing without their
two top import strikers, Paulo Rangel and Issey Farran Nakajima after being
suspended by FAM, were held to a goalless draw by Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT
II).

In Group B, Sarawak edged Armed Forces 1-0 at the Sarawak Stadium in
Kuching with Joseph Kalang Tie scoring the solitary goal in the 90th minute.

In another Group B match, last year’s runners-up Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT)
beat Perak 2-0 at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium in Larkin from goals netted
by Mohd Safee Sali in the 17th minute and S.Chanturu in the 21st minute. – Bernama

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