Pahang too dependent on Nwakaeme – Dollah

KUANTAN, Pahang are too dependent on their foreign striker, Dickson Nwakaeme, so much so that his absence affected their opportunity to create victory, admits coach Dollah Salleh.

He said this was also the reason why The Elephants squad was held to a goalless draw by Perak in the Super League match on their own turf at the Darul Makmur Stadium, here yesterday.

This should not be allowed to prolong as it does not reflect Pahang as a team that comprises professional players. I have often reminded them, but the players still expect Nwakaeme to create goals.

They need to realise that they are not playing as an individual, but as a team of 11 main players on the fieldI have tried numerous ways to tackle this issue, including by putting Mohamadou Sumareh to play forward, said Dollah in the post-match press conference.

The coach also admitted that the change in Sumareh’s position had begun showing positive results.

In fact, Dollah said Sumareh seemed comfortable playing a forward, but the team had yet to find the most compatible partner for him. It is different when Sumareh plays with Dickson (Nwakaeme) as their combination and performance are more steady, he said.

Meanwhile, Perak coach, Mehmed Durakovic admitted that The Boss Gaurus performance was not so good as several new players were not so fit to face Pahang.

Our players play in a different class and our game structure is good. Although the match ended with a draw, it is still good as we still get one point in away game, he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)