KUALA LUMPUR – Pahang qualifies for the second round (last 16) of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup tournament despite a scoreless draw against Global FC from the Philippines in the last group G match at the Philippine Sports Stadium in the Philippines Wednesday night.
The score is good enough for the Tok Gajah squad to accompany group G champion, South China from Hong Kong, which maintained a clean slate in six matches after winding up their final encounter with Yadanarbon FC, from Myanmar, 3-0.
South China emerged group champion with maximum 18 points, while Pahang garnered eight points from six matches.
In tonight’s match, which was telecast live by a local pay television station, Pahang dominated almost the entire first half, but failed to find the finishing touch.
In the second half, the opponent returned with an aggressive attacking style, but thanks to Pahang goalkeeper, Mohd Khairul Azhan Mohd Khalid, the match ended with a scoreless draw.
Pahang is expected to face severe challenge when the take on group E champion, Persipura Jayapura, from Indonesia in a knock-out tournament on May 26.
Another Malaysian team, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), who emerged group F champion, will entertain second place group H team, Ayeyawady United FC from Myanmar, at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium in Larkin the following day.