Despite their troubles last season, Pahang have completely turned things around and are currently doing well in the Super League as well. At the heart of the changes that were made prior to the start of the 2017 season, was the hiring of Dollah Salleh as head coach.
In his second stint at the helm, Dollah has reinvigorated the team to not only challenge Johor Darul Ta'zim in the league but on Saturday, they will have a chance to claim one of the big prizes in Malaysian football - the FA Cup.
However, the experienced Dollah is still demanding more from his side but remains hopeful that the likes of Matheus Alves, Mahamadou Sumareh and Joseph Kalang Tie can rise to the occasion and help Pahang to bring the cup back to Kuantan.
"Pahang is a new team, only 5 months I’m here. We are still not consistent yet but I believe with the players that we have, we can do something tomorrow," said Dollah.
Despite needing to integrate the aforementioned players with newcomers like Syamim Yahya, Wan Azraei, Faisal Rosli and Nor Azam Azih - Dollah is keeping his faith in the quality of his players and Pahang will do their best to win the final.
"Why not [win the final]? We have many youngsters but individually we have players who can play high level of football. These players are mentally strong and I’m sure we can give a good performance," added Dollah.
Earlier in the week, Pahang have added Argentine Yamil Romero to their fold, with the release of Bright Dike. The forward is available for selection for the cup final but Dollah remains guarded with his decision whether to field Romero, given his lack of recent competitive fitness.
"He’s ok. He’s here almost two weeks with us. He’s got the skills, he’s very talented. The only thing is his match fitness but based on his experience of high level football, maybe he can do something tomorrow," explained Dollah.
Dollah is aiming to repeat what his former team mate and good friend Zainal Abidin Hassan did when he led Pahang to FA Cup triumph in 2014. Given the remarkable job that he has done thus far with Pahang, there won't be many who will doubt Dollah's ability to lead the Elephants to their third ever FA Cup win.