A trophy for his cabinet
PAHANG captain Matthew Davies has achieved a lot with his club and the national team.
The only thing missing is a trophy in his cabinet.
Saturday’s FA Cup final against Kedah will give the Australian-born a chance of attaining his first success as a footballer.
Capped 13 times for Malaysia since becoming a citizen in 2015, the rightback is determined to regain Pahang’s glory days and also win the title on Saturday.
“It feels very good to be in the final. I have never won a trophy in my career and I hope to do it in my first final appearance.
“I do not want to return from Saturday’s final disappointed,” said Davies yesterday.
“For Pahang, it is an achievement to reach the final but we cannot celebrate yet as there is one more hurdle left to overcome.
“It is nice to play in the final but you know, now the focus is to complete the job successfully.”
After a mediocre 2016 season, the 22-year-old believes that his team would do better this year following the arrival of coach Dollah Salleh.
“When I saw the signings we made in the pre-season, I knew it was definitely possible to have a good year with this team.
“Dollah was hired and he brought in several players to beef up the team. It is now evident as we are challenging for trophies,” he said.
Davies, who has scored one goal this season, rates Kedah highly and expects a keenly contested final.
Pahang, however, may have to reshuffle their defence as Heo Jae Won is down with a hamstring problem, sustained in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final return leg match against Negri Sembilan in Paroi.
Pahang captain Matthew Davies