Pahang FA

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FA Pahang
Pahang FA Logo.PNG
Full name Football Association of Pahang
Nickname(s) Tok Gajah, The Elephants, Elephant Army
Founded 1959
Ground Darul Makmur Stadium
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Tengku Abdul Rahman
Manager Zainal Abidin Hassan
League Malaysia Super League
2013 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

The Football Association of Pahang is the professional body responsible for governing football in the state of Pahang, the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. It is based in Kuantan, the coast-capital city of Pahang. The team is under the supervision of Pahang State Football Association. The team was founded in 1959 as Persatuan Bolasepak Negeri Pahang to represent the state itself and has traditionally worn a yellow home kit since. In the beginning, their early home match is being held around the city public fields and outside Kuantan, predominantly around districts of Pahang. In August 1970, the city municipal has handed the new stadium known as Darul Makmur Stadium to the club. The Darul Makmur Stadium was once known in the 70s–80s as the most advanced stadium in Southeast Asia.

Pahang is one of the great powers in Malaysian football history. Known as the "Tok Gajah" or "The Elephant", Pahang FA is considers as the East Coast giant as they possessed greater histories of football in the country than its neighbours, Kelantan FA and Terengganu FA. The lowest point of the club was in 2012, as the club had been relegated to the 2nd division of M-League. With the collective morale support from the players, management and the fans, Pahang FA came back from the abysmal to the 1st division of M-League in 2013 after winning the play-off match against Kedah FA, just one season after being relegated.


The club has been established after the great support from locals who require a football team to represent Pahang in HMS Beagle. As the initiatives to the request, Sultan Abu Bakar has established a club known as Pahang FA. In the next year, the club begins with the preparation against another states before taking part for the first time in the HMS Beagle Cup. After a long time looking for the homeground, the Council of Kuantan announced the construction of a new stadium, Darul Makmur Stadium in 1970.

Led by legendary Jamal Nasir, Pahang FA won the first cup in 1983 when they won the Malaysia Cup, the most prestigious tournament in Malaysia football after a win over Selangor FA in the tournament, breaking the long duopoly of Selangor FA and Singapore FA and also became the first East Coast team to win it. Nonetheless, the most successful era was in 90s, when the club successfully entered the final of Malaysia Cup 4 times eventhough they only succeed once in 1992. The 1992 was the best year when the club won the double, the Malaysia Cup and the league. Pahang FA in that year was touted as the Dream Team when several high profile players played for the club with the like of Dollah Salleh, Zainal Abidin Hassan, Khairul Azman Mohamed, Abdul Mubin Mokhtar, Ahmad Yusof, Australian football legend, Alan Edward Davidson and Singapore football legend, Fandi Ahmad. The club successfully defeated Kedah FA in final stage to win the Malaysia Cup, thanks to the fastest goal ever in Malaysia Cup history by Zulhamizan Zakaria. Pahang FA was also the first winner of the newly formatted M-League in 2004. As one of the most successful football team in Malaysia from 1980–2007, Pahang FA had successfully produced many talented local players from the academy such as Khairul Azman Mohamed, one of the best goal keeper in Asia in 1990s, the prolific striker, Azizul Kamaluddin, Mohd Fadzli Saari who played in SV Wehen Wiesbaden in Germany and Muhammad Juzaili Samion who was also played for the 4th division of Ligue 1 club, FCSR Haguenau in 2000.

In 2008, many players from talented young Shahzan Muda F.C. were absorbed into Pahang FA. In 2012, Pahang FA was playing in 2nd division of M-League. While in the Premier League, Pahang FA showed great improvement in the 2012 season as they qualified for the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals. Pahang FA was also a Premier League runner-up in 2012, thus enable the club to play in the "play-off" matches for the promotion to the Super League. Pahang FA beat Kedah FA in the final of the "play-off" and had been promoted to Super League in 2013. In the year 2012, the club had to play in Temerloh Mini Stadium as the homeground for the first time after the Darul Makmur Stadium was put under renovation for the organisation of Sukma 2012. A year later, the club returned to Kuantan to play in newly renovated Darul Makmur Stadium and in the same year the lifted the Malaysia Cup for third time. Led by loyal serving captain, Jalaluddin Jaafar, they ended 21 years cup drought. By winning the cup, Zainal Abidin Hassan and Dollah Salleh had cemented their status as central figure of club history, as they won it as a player and as manager and coach respectively, while Zainal involved in all triumphs in 1983, 1992 and 2013.



  • Runners-up (1): 2005



  • Winners (5): 1987, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2004
  • Runners-up (3): 1991, 1998, 2005
  • Runners-up (1): 2012


  • Winners (3): 1983, 1992, 2013
  • Runners-up (4): 1984, 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Winners (2): 2006, 2014
  • Runners-up (1): 1995
  • Winners (3): 1992, 1993, 2014
  • Runners-up (4): 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007
M-League/Malaysia Super League Golden Boots Awards

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1989: Semi-final League (Group B)
1994: withdrew in qualifying – 1st round
1996: Second Round
2005: Group stage
2007: Group stage
2005: Runners-up


The Presidency of the association is held by Y.A.M. Tengku Muda Pahang Tengku Abdul Rahman Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, who replaced his brother K.D.Y.T.M Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah for 2007–10 session. Meanwhile, Pahang State Finance Officer, YB Datuk Ahmad Suffian was elected to the vice-president position. Both the president and his deputy won their posts uncontested, after the previous president, K.D.Y.T.M Tengku Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah decided not to run for re-election.

The general secretary, Mr. Fuzzemi Ibrahim (2010–present), was appointed by committee.


Main article: Darul Makmur Stadium
Darul Makmur Stadium
ستاديوم دار المعمور
Darul Makmur Stadium.jpg
Darul Makmur Stadium.
Location Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Coordinates 3°48′53″N 103°19′26″E / 3.81472°N 103.32389°E / 3.81472; 103.32389Coordinates: 3°48′53″N 103°19′26″E / 3.81472°N 103.32389°E / 3.81472; 103.32389
Opened 1970
Renovated 1995 / 2011
Owner Darul Makmur Stadium Corporation
Operator Association Football of Pahang
Surface Grass pitch
Scoreboard Olympex
Construction cost RM 7,000,000 plus
Architect Liew Kok Hee BArch (Melbourne) Pahang State PWD Architect
Capacity 40,000
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Pahang FA (1970–present)
Sukma Games (1996/2012)

Pahang FA are currently based at Darulmakmur Stadium in Kuantan, Pahang. The capacity of the stadium is 40,000. This has been Pahang FA's ground since 1970. The Stadium was built in 1959 and aims to provide a venue for sports activities from Pahang, especially as a soccer field. It was built on the site of a football field of Pahang Football Association.

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Malaysia Dato' Che Nasir B Salleh
Head Coach Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan
Assistant Coach Malaysia Ahmad Shaharuddin Rosdi
Goalkeeping Coach Malaysia Mudzar Mohamad
Fitness Coach Malaysia Mohd Kaizai Zainuddin
Physiotherapist Malaysia Adam Zuhairy
Kit man/Equipment Malaysia Abdul Razak B Akil/ Abdul Rahim Kadir Ku Jambu
Media Officer Malaysia Fuzzemi Ibrahim
Safety Officer Malaysia Zolkefli Ibrahim
Reserve Team Manager Malaysia Datuk Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah
Reserve Team Head Coach Malaysia Azaruddin Aziz
Reserve Team Assistant Coach Malaysia Fahim Kow Abdullah
Reserve Team Goalkeeping Coach Malaysia Syed Nasir Akil
Reserve Team Physiotherapist Malaysia Hafizan Abd Hamit

2014 squad[edit]

As of 1 May 2014

No. Name Nationality Position
1 Khairul Azhan Khalid Malaysia GK
22 Muhammad Saufie Mohamad Malaysia GK
23 Mohd Nasril Nourdin Malaysia GK
2 Jalaluddin Jaafar (captain) Malaysia RB, LB
3 Mohd Saiful Nizam Miswan Malaysia CB, RB, LB
4 Damion Stewart Jamaica CB
6 Zesh Rehman Pakistan CB, DM
13 Mohd Razman Roslan Malaysia CB, RB
14 Mohd Faisal Rosli Malaysia LB
16 Mohd Hazri Rozali Malaysia RB
17 Mohd Zaiza Zainal Abidin Malaysia CB
18 Muhd Syawal Norsam Malaysia CB, DM
20 Mohd Shahrizan Salleh Malaysia LB
7 R. Surendran Malaysia RM, RW
8 Azidan Sarudin Malaysia CM
15 Abdul Malik Mat Ariff Malaysia RM, RW, LM, LW
11 Mohd Faizol Hussien Malaysia CM
21 Mohd Hafiz Kamal Malaysia CM, AM
24 R.Gopinathan Malaysia LM, LW
9 Matías Conti Argentina ST
10 Dickson Nwakaeme Nigeria ST
12 Mohd Azamuddin Md Akil Malaysia ST, RM, RW
19 Mohd Fauzi Roslan Malaysia ST
27 Mohd Shafei Zahari Malaysia ST


2014 Transfers (In)

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 Pakistan DF Zesh Rehman (from Kitchee SC)
10 Nigeria FW Dickson Nwakaeme (from Kelantan FA)
No. Position Player
22 Malaysia GK Muhammad Saufi Mohamad (from Pahang U21)
2014 Transfers (Out)

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
5 Malaysia MF Mohd Amirul Hadi Zainal (to Johor Darul Takzim F.C.)
15 Malaysia MF Hazuan Daud (to PDRM FA)
No. Position Player
22 Malaysia GK Rosfaizul Azuar Ali (to Kuantan FA)
Malaysia MF Muhd Nur Azam Abdul Azih (to Harimau Muda B)

President's cup squad (under-21)[edit]

The Pahang President's cup team or Young Elephant is a part of the President Cup Malaysia league team. The President Cup Malaysia is the football competitions in Malaysia for under-21 players. Since its inception, the President Cup Malaysia has been the major tournament for under-21 and under-23 players. In 2009, the format of the competition changes which only under-21 players are eligible for the tournament.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Malaysia GK Muhammad Saufi Mohamad
2 Malaysia DF Muhammad Zakwan Harun
3 Malaysia MF Mohd Nur Raimin Abd Rani
4 Malaysia DF Isskandar Zulkarnaen Ibrahim
5 Malaysia DF Mohd Yusrizal Che Usop
6 Malaysia MF Shahrul Azwan Ariff
7 Malaysia DF Mohamad Firdaus Anuar
8 Malaysia MF Muhammad Shahrul Nizam Mohd Nadzir
9 Malaysia FW Mohd Shafei Zahari
10 Malaysia FW Mohd Azrul Firdaus Kamaruzaman
11 Malaysia MF Mohd Sharul Aizad Zukufli
12 Malaysia DF Mohd Shafiq Mat Isa
13 Malaysia MF Mohd Shafizi Mohd Zain
14 Malaysia MF Mohamad Ridhwan Maidin
No. Position Player
15 Malaysia MF Mohd Rizua Shafiqi Kamarulzaman
16 Malaysia FW Muhamad Amirul Kasmuri
17 Malaysia FW Muhammad Aliff Amin Basri
18 Malaysia MF Ikmal Hakim Hamizat
19 Malaysia DF Mohamad Amin Mozri
20 Malaysia FW Mohd Faizal Abdul Rani
21 Malaysia DF Mohd Hilmi Husaini Asmadii
22 Malaysia GK Khairul Nidzam Md Noor
23 Malaysia DF Mohd Azlye Hafizee Mohd Yatim
24 Malaysia DF Muhammad Nur Zhafri Zaini
25 Malaysia MF Muhammad Zikri Zainal Abidin
26 Malaysia MF Muhammad Ashar Al-Aafiz Abdullah
27 Malaysia GK Muhammad Nur Kamarullah Khairul Saidi
28 Malaysia DF Muhammad Affizan Azzuddin


Team managers[edit]

Year Manager
1999 Tok Muda Talib Sulaiman
2000–03 Datuk Jamal Nasir Abdul Nasir Ismail
2004–05 Dato' Hajji Shahiruddin Abdul Moin
2006–07 Zainal Abidin Hassan
2008 Dato' Omar Othman
2009–now Dato' Che Nasir Salleh


Year Head Coach
1994–96 Malaysia Ahmad Yunus Mohd Alif
1997–98 Denmark Jorgen Erik Larsen
1999 Australia Alan Davidson
1999–2000 Malaysia Fuzzeimi Ibrahim
2001–02 Malaysia Ahmad Yunus Mohd Alif
2003 Brazil Ralf Borges Ferreira
2004 Malaysia Ahmad Yunus Mohd Alif
2005–06 Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan
2007 Malaysia Haji Ahmad Yusof
2008 Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan
2009 Malaysia Tajuddin Noor
2010–2013 Malaysia Dollah Salleh
Dec 2013-March 2014 England Ron Smith
March 2014- Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan

Kit manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Current kit manufacturers and sponsors

Nation Corporation
Kits manufacturers
Germany Puma
Financial sponsors
Malaysia Resorts World Genting
United States Chili's
Malaysia Aras Kuasa
Malaysia Astro Arena
Malaysia Pahang FM

Previous Kit Supplier and Sponsor

Years Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1989–1990 Schwarzenbach Dunhill
1991 Puma
1992–1998 Diadora
1999–2000 Mikasa
2001–2003 Kronos
2004–2005 Adidas
2006–2007 TM
2008 Hummel
2009 Lotto
2010 the ZON hotel
2011–12 Resorts World Genting
2013 Stobi
2014 Puma

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pemain Pasukan Piala Presiden". stadium astro. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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