New Straits Times
Kedah and Pahang to relive FA Cup final battle
hope history will repeat itself after landing an FA Cup rematch with Pahang in the thirdround clash.
The Darulmakmur Stadium clash will stir memories of the 2017 final when Kedah edged Dollah Salleh’s side 3-2 for the title with Baddrol Bakhtiar scoring a brace.
Pahang assistant coach Datuk Che Nasir Salleh said his side hold no grudges but admitted that they cannot bear another defeat to the Northerners.
“We lost in the final last year but now we are meeting them in the third round. Both teams know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It will be an interesting game,” said Che Nasir.
“There are no grudges in sports but we will motivate the players to win this.”
Four-time winners Kedah, under coach Ramon Marcote, edged Negri Sembilan 1-0 in the second round while Pahang overcame FAM Cup side Armed Forces 2-1.
Reigning Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim are expected to ease past Premier League’s Universiti Teknoloji Mara (UiTM) in the third round.
Former champions Selangor face a tricky match against inform Terengganu while PKNS play Kelantan.
Felda United, who lead the Premier League, face Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Jengka.