A tro­phy for his cab­i­net

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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