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Zesh Rehman insists Pahang not panicking after winless MSL start

Pahang captain Zesh Rehman says there's no need to panic, despite a poor start to the Malaysia Super League season that sees the 2014 Malaysia Cup champions without a victory.

The Elephants followed up a 2-2 home draw against newly promoted T-Team last Saturday with a disastrous 4-1 defeat at Penang on Tuesdaynight.

Rehman has taken over the captaincy at Pahang after a mass exodus of players from the 2015 squad, including forwards Dickson Nwakaeme and Matias Conti and four local stars to rivals, Selangor.

"It's too early to call it a rocky start and there's no panic stations within the camp," Rehman told ESPN FC.

"The spirit is still high and there's no need for big recruitment in the next transfer window."

2014 Malaysia Cup champions Pahang are still looking for their first victory of the season. (Photo credit:

Pahang also lost coach Zainal Abidin Hassan to Selangor before the season. Giving long-time assistant coach Ahmad Shaharuddin Rosdi, a nightmare start in the top job.

Not helping the cause has been costly red cards to Pahang in both opening games.

They were never in Tuesday night's match after going 2-0 down within 10 minutes and falling victim to a contender for goal of the season by Faiz Subri. A wickedly swerving free-kick put Penang 3-0 ahead in the second half.

"He could be trying for the rest of his career and I don't think he will achieve that again," Rehman said.

The former Premier League defender added that he believe that Pahang still have the players to turn around their fortunes.

"Patience, trust and belief in the current squad and coaching set up is required," he said.

"We are realistic about the challenge ahead but also positive the young players will benefit from their baptism of fire in the Super League. Rome wasn't built in a day."

Pahang will host T-Team in the second round of the Malaysia FA Cup on Saturday, just a week after the sides played out a 2-2 draw in the MSL. Pahang lifted the FA Cup in 2014 as part of trophy-double winning campaign.


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