KUANTAN: Pahang revived its AFC Cup hopes after a 7-4 victory over Myanmar’s Yadanarbon FC in a high scoring Group G match at the Darul Makmur Stadium, here last night.
The win saw Pahang move up to second spot in the Group with seven points after five matches.
Pahang’s Nigerian import Dickson Nwakaeme gave his team a flying start in the 6th minute when he slammed home a pass from Azamuddin Akil before Matias Conti made it 2-0 in the 18th minute while Dickson again came on board to strike his second goal of the night and Pahang’s third in the 32nd minute after a brilliant solo effort.
The Myanmar side managed to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half time when Djeje Maximin Djawa struck before the break to make it 3-1.
The start of the second half was a different ball game as Pahang quickly stamped its class with substitute D. Saarvindran adding the fourth in the 48th minute but Yadanarbon FC refused to surrender when Hlaing Bo Bo struck their second goal in the 58th minute to make it 4-2.
However, Dickson made sure the margin remained intact when he completed his hattrick a minute later to score Pahang’s fifth goal.
Not to be outdone, Bo Bo was again on target in the 68th minute before Pahang added two quick goals through Mohd Hafiz Kamal (85th) and Saarvindran (87th).
Yadanarbon FC however, had the final say when Win Naing Soe made it 4-7 in the final minute of play.
In another Group G match at the Mongkok Stadium in Hong Kong, Group leader South China stretched their 100 percent unbeaten record to five matches after beating Global FC from the Philippines 3-0.
Pahang will now require only a draw against Global FC in their final group match at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Manila on May 13 to join South China into the second round of the competition.