KUALA LUMPUR: The FA Cup has taken an interesting turn as contenders Kedah and Pahang have been drawn to face each other in the third round in what will be a repeat of last year’s final.
Pahang assistant coach Datuk Che Nasir Salleh, whose charges lost 3-2 to Kedah in last year’s final, 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 in-form Terengganu in Cheras while PKNS play Kelantan.
Felda United, who lead the Premier League, face Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Jengka.