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Tengku Abdul Rahman believes Pahang do not need to search for a new coach as Zainal Abidin Hassan has been doing a good job

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Pahang Football Association (PBNP) President, Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah, has insisted that he has a lot of faith in Zainal Abidin, and he is satisfied with the performance shown by the former international thus far.

The Elephants, who parted ways with former coach Ronald Smith after just three months, were heavily linked with World Cup winner Marco Materazzi, who was tipped to replace Smith as the head coach of Pahang.

However, Tengku Abdul Rahman stated that Zainal’s achievements in the Super League this season have been impressive and he has no doubt that Zainal can lead the team very well.

According to Harian Metro, Tengku Abdul Rahman said “We all can see what Zainal has achieved so far and I hope he can maintain this top form, especially when we want to retain our Malaysia Cup trophy this season.

“I hope they can keep the winning momentum because there is still a long way to go until the end of the season,” he added.

Rumours surrounding the Pahang job came a few weeks back when pictures of Materazzi and Tengku Abdul Rahman together in Kuala Lumpur were uploaded on social media, with many suggesting that Materazzi would replace Ronald Smith.

Tengku Abdul Rahman however told reporters that Materazzi was in Malaysia to see whether there is an opportunity for him to open up a football academy for the youth in the region.

Pahang are currently leading the MSL despite their inconsistent performances early in the season, but Terengganu and Selangor are following closely behind them.