Pahang - Johor Darul Takzim Preview: Big spending Southern Tigers seeking a good start to the season
All eyes will be on the star-studded Johor Darul Takzim FC who will be eager to start the season on the right foot against Dollah Salleh's Pahang
By Falah Abdullah
Jalaluddin - Zaiza - Razman
Amirulhadi - Azidan - Hafiz - Gopi
Azamuddin (c) - Borji - Fauzi
JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM
Tharmini - Aidil - Muslim - Azmi
Azwan - Safiq (c) - Del Nero
Safee - Guiza
Last season’s Premier League runners up, Pahang will have the unfortunate task of stopping the "Paris Saint Germain" of Malaysia, Johor Darul Takzim FC.
The Tok Gajah will yet again depend on their talisman and skipper, Azamuddin Akil to provide the ammunition to break down a defensive unit led by national defender, Aidil Zafuan. Azamuddin or Alex as he is known will be ably supported by nippy flankers, Amirulhadi Zainal and R.Gopinathan.
Former Perak custodian, Nasril Nourdin is expected to be in goal and the defence will be marshalled by veteran defender, Jalaluddin Jaafar and their assistant coach, Zainal Abidin's son, Zaiza Zainal.
On the other hand, Darul Takzim FC's coach Fandi Ahmad is expected to field a potent strike duo of Safee Sali and Dani Guiza partnership ably supported by Norhshahrul Idlan Talaha. On the wings, they will have another former Kelantan hero, Nurul Azuan Roya and the ex-Lazio star, Simone Del Nero.
A lot has been said in the media about the big spending Southern Tigers and they will surely be eager to live up to the expectations after a surprising 2-1 defeat to Johor in their last pre-season match.
This match will surely fascinate not only the fans of the respective teams but also the local football ethusiasts who will be able to watch a plethora of national and international stars making their debuts.
The match will be played at the Darul Makmur Stadium and is slated to kick-off at 8.45pm.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Pahang hold a formidable record at the Darul Makmur Stadium in the Premier League last season, losing only once.
- They did not retain their two foreign imports from last season, Boris Kochkin and Maycon.
- Their foreign striker, Mohamed Borji played in the CAF Champions League with FAR Rabat.
- Johor Darul Takzim's last silverware was in the year 2001; the Malaysian Premier League.
- Fandi Ahmad worked as a scout for Italian club, Vicenza in 2011.
- Their theme song "Kita tetap menang" was sang by Johor born superstars; rock legend Amy Search and hip hop star Joe Flizzow.
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Top 3 Predictions
Pahang FA 1-3 Johor Darul Takzim
- 14.1 %
Pahang FA 0-3 Johor Darul Takzim
- 14.1 %
Pahang FA 1-4 Johor Darul Takzim
- 7.69 %
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Jun 1, 2013||Pahang FA 2 - Johor Darul Takzim 1|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||May 25, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 1 - Pahang FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Apr 19, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 1 - Pahang FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 8, 2013||Pahang FA 3 - Johor Darul Takzim 2|
|Nov 3, 2013||Kelantan FA 0 - Pahang FA 1||MC|
|Oct 26, 2013||Sarawak FA 1 - Pahang FA 1||MC|
|Oct 19, 2013||Pahang FA 3 - Sarawak FA 1||MC|
|Oct 4, 2013||PKNS FC 1 - Pahang FA 2||MC|
|Sep 27, 2013||Pahang FA 3 - PKNS FC 2||MC|
|23||Mohd Nasril bin Mat Nourdin||Goalkeeper|
|13||Mohd Razman Bin Roslan||Defender|
|3||Mohd Saiful Nizam bin Miswan||Defender|
|2||Jalalludin bin Abu Jaafar||Defender|
|8||Azidan bin Sarudin||Midfielder|
|11||Mohd Faizol bin Hussien||Midfielder|
|21||Mohd Hafiz bin Kamal||Striker|