14 August 2017

Malaysia vs Brunei: Hosts search for comfortable start

SEA Games (Group A) | Shah Alam Stadium | Mon 14 Aug | 8.45pm

By Vijhay Vick
The hosts’ first match and they will be out to ensure there are no slip ups in the SEA Games gold medal hunt, which though a tall order is what the Malaysia Under-22s are aiming for.
Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore will look at their matches against Brunei as must wins with the biggest score line possible to get a high goal difference, but Brunei will not be easy to break down.
Australia struggled to break this Bruneian squad at the AFC Under-23 qualifiers in July, only managing a 2-0 win. Myanmar and Singapore, however, put three and four respectively past them.
Malaysia may be tempted not to field their strongest 11 because of the clash with neighbouring rivals Singapore just two days later. Several players in the squad did not look comfortable playing two matches in three days at the qualifiers in Bangkok last month.
Yet there should be enough strength in the squad, whether it is a weakened line-up or not, for the Malaysians to prevail. A nervy start is what Malaysia Under-22 coach Ong Kim Swee repeated reminded his players to avoid.

Malaysia only managed a 1-0 win in the 2015 opener against Timor Leste in Singapore. The Malaysians lost their cool in the match and Nazmi Faiz Mansor was sent off for spitting at an opponent. He later received a six-match ban and was sent back from the Games.
N. Thanabalan is the only player not available for selection due to a knee injury. The attacker underwent a MRI scan and is expected to be ready to face Singapore on Wednesday.
Penang forward S. Kumaahran is back in training after reporting to camp with a hamstring injury. He could, however, only see action from off the bench as options are plenty with the likes of Jafri Firdaus Chew, Akhyar Rashid and Syafiq Ahmad all in good condition.

Rotation will be key because of the scheduling and Ong could be tempted to rest players although it is the opening match as following clashes against Singapore and Myanmar are expected to determine Group A’s outcome.
Malaysia need to be at their best against Singapore and Myanmar.
The Kedah youngster was lively against Indonesia in the AFC Under-23 qualifiers and his absence against Thailand in the following match was felt as Malaysia lacked the creativity up front to make the most of the little possession they had.

Syafiq is expected to start on the left side of a three-man forward line and he tends to drop to the fill the vacuum between central midfield and the attack.
Syafiq also tends to run with the ball, skipping past defenders with his quick feet to open up space.
  • Brunei are largely a squad in progress. Only seven members of the squad are ineligible for the next games while Malaysia have seven eligible for the 2019 edition.
  •  This is the third edition running both teams were drawn in the same group. Malaysia defeated Brunei 2-0 in 2015 and 2013.
  •  Malaysia defeated Brunei 5-0 when the two countries met in the opening match when Malaysia last hosted the Games.
Malaysia 3 Brunei 0. The region’s minnow may be rigid at the back but the host are expected to run clear winners.


09 August 2017

Think positive, says Prince Sufri

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (8 August 2017) – His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah, the President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has advised the nation’s SEA Games-bound athletes to think positive ahead of the biennial championship.
The 29th edition of the SEA Games will be held on 19-30 August 2017 although football will start earlier on 14 August.
“Think positive and remain focussed,” said Prince Sufri. “You have to think positive, and that you can play (against) any team. Try your best and show them what you’ve got. We want to play and show other countries we have a good team.
“Also, control your temper.”
For men’s football, Brunei Darussalam have been placed in Group A against Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Singapore

29 July 2017

Shahfiq late strike sinks DPMM

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (27 July 2017) – Substitute Shahfiq Ghani netted a late winner to give Geylang International a narrow 1-0 win over Brunei DPMM in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Monday night.
With the win, the Eagles leapfrogged Hougang United into fifth place in the nine-team table on 21 points having played a game more than Warriors FC.
On the other hand, the defeat was the tenth of the season for the Wasps as they sit second from bottom with only four points from 12 games played.
The hosts had a chance to grab the lead in the 11th minute after Shahrazen Said headed Azwan Ali Rahman’s corner to the far post but Adi Said failed to get a touch to it.
Geylang went on the attack four minutes later but winger Gabriel Quak could only head over.
Ricardo Sendra was on target in the 22nd minute but was foiled by DPMM custodian Awangku Mu’izzuddin who was there for the save.
Geylang goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari then denied Shahrazen and fortunately for them the ball ended at the wrong side of his right hand post.
The visitors came close to breaking the deadlock just before half-time but Quak’s effort was came off the upright.
Adi had a good opportunity to put the hosts in front three minutes after the interval but his shot went inches wide.
Quak sent a freekick from the right to the far post on the hour mark but Sendra failed to connect on it before Azwan Ali volleyed over from inside the box at the other end moments later.
Steve Kean’s side were presented with an opportunity to open the scoring in the 62nd minute after Yuki Ichikawa had handled the ball inside the box
Daud Gazale stepped up to take the ensuing spotkick but Syazwan dived low to his left to deny the former his first goal in DPMM colours.
Shahfiq was then introduced in the 66th minute after second-half substitute Min Thiha was stretchered off after being on the pitch for less than 20 minutes.
DPMM had back-to-back chances with Adi heading straight at Syazwan before Azwan Ali put another over in a space of a minute.
However, it was the Eagles who went in front in the 81st minute after Faritz Hameed was given space to dribble into the box from the left.
He then put the ball into the middle for Shahfiq to head home and claim all three points from the encounter.

05 June 2017

Shah United set to make AFF debut

|     Fadhil Yunus     |
BRUNEI Darussalam’s futsal club Shah United is set to make their debut in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Club Championship after being reportedly drawn in Group ‘A’ alongside Thai Port FC of Thailand, Permata Indah Manokwari of Indonesia and a representative from Myanmar.
The championship, which is held annually, will be held tentatively from July 2-8 in Bangkok, Thailand.
According to Arena Futsal Malaysia, Group ‘B’ pit Australia’s East Coast Heat, Vietnam’s Sana Khanh Hoa, Melaka United of Malaysia and Vientiane Capital of Laos.
The groupings of the teams have not been officially released in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) website but Indonesia-based web portal Bolalob has provided a preliminary draft.
According to the website, the top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
The website has also released a provisional fixture list with Shah United set to begin their campaign against a Myanmar league representative on July 2 before meeting Indonesian outfit Permata Indah Manokwari a day later.

Update :

Official match schedule :


26 May 2017


Written by: Darren Ho

Home United are hot on Albirex Niigata (S) heels at the summit of the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League after an impressive performance, defeating Brunei DPMM 9-3 at Bishan Stadium on Thursday night.

Faris Ramli was as his stunning best, netting four goals, while assisting three others as teammates Stipe Plazibat, Khairul Nizam, Adam Swandi and Song Uiyoung also got their names on the scoresheet for the hosts.

DPMM had Rafael Ramazotti, Shah Razen Said and Adi Said to reduce the deficit, but it was Home who would ease to a comfortable victory and seal all three points in this encounter.

It has been a crucial, yet congested week for Aidil Sharin’s side who are in their quest to finish top of the S.League, while battling in the AFC Cup Zonal semi-finals in midweek.

Yet, the Bishan-based side, who are one foot in the final, made no mistake in their S.League commitments to push on both fronts.

Both teams kicked-off the first-half with vicious intent to get their noses in front.

The visitors made their first attempt to prise an opening inside four minutes when wide man Azwan Ali flight a dangerous cross from the left to pick up Adi in the box, only to be denied by Hassan Sunny who was right on point when he sprung to intercept with a save.

It had been the worst possible start in Steve Kean’s regime as DPMM coach this season and their woes were compounded when the Protectors scored six within the space of twenty-five minutes before half-time.

Home broke the deadlock after 21 minutes when Shamil Sharif delivered a delightful cross for Faris to take a first touch before elevating his shot past the onrushing Alijanda Sitom to take the lead.

Faris clinched his second nine minutes later, tapping in a low cross from Plazibat who timed his delivery to perfection from the right flank.

The pair would switch roles three minutes later as Faris became provider when he picked up a loose ball in the penalty box to connect with Plazibat who rolled the ball past Alijanda at his far post.

The Protectors’ number nine did score his second just moments later as Faris once again dinked a clever ball from the middle for Plazibat to run in and chip over Alijanda, making it 4-0 in the 36th minute.

But the Singapore International wa not done yet as he produced another assist for Nizam, delaying his run from a Home counter attack, to slot in a pass to his club and International teammate to place the ball into the bottom corner.

Faris did eventually seal his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time as he darted his shot from the 12-yard box for the Protectors to lead by six at the break.

Aidil’s side picked up exactly where they had left off after the restart and went further ahead when Adam blast in a finish from close range after teeing up with Faris’s cross, before DPMM

would cause a few moments of concern when Ramazotti broke through the Home’s defence with a simple finish to get their fightback underway.

On the other end, Song would restore Home’s seven goal cushion as his shot behind the box took a deflection off Ramazotti, finding its way into the net, before Faris rounded the goalkeeper to score his fourth of the night.

Just past the hour mark and both sides would make changes on their own. Steve Kean was desperate to bring in players to score at the front, while Aidil was keen on resting key players for their next AFC cup match in midweek.

DPMM substitute impact Shah Razen would put Kean’s faith in him to good effect as he ghosted into the box to punish Hassan in conceding his second, before his provider Adi slammed his free-kick from 20 yards to seal the final scoreline at 9-3.

Play continued to fluctuate from end to end as Irfan Fandi made a brilliant effort to track back and prevent Ramazotti from his second when the Brizilian chipped past the onrushing Hassan to see his effort clipped off the goal line by the young Singapore defender.

With this result, Home remain in second spot, two points behind Albirex who have a game in hand, while DPMM languish in eighth.

Brunei DPMM Head Coach Steve Kean: “I’m gutted for the players. We’ve worked hard for the past two weeks. We didn’t thought it was that easy scoring against us.

“But we didn’t deserve any point. We were very open and each time the ball went forward, we had our hearts in our mouth because we actually don’t have defenders and we’re struggling in defence.

“Sometime you have to rebuild a team and for the last three years, we’ve won most of our games but we’ve lost a couple of players and had to replace midfielders with defenders.

“It’s unfair to criticise our midfielders who had to draw back as defenders but we need to get in local defenders for help at the back this transfer.”

Home United: Hassan Sunny (GK, C), Irfan Fandi, Afiq Yunos, Juma’at Jantan (Luqman Bin Ismail 59’) , Hariss Harun, Song Uiyoung (Izzdin Shafiq 63’), Shamil Sharif, Adam Swandi, Faris Ramli, Khairul Nizam, Stipe Plazibat (Amiruldin Asraf 77’)

Brunei DPMM: Alijanda Sitom (GK), Zeljko Savic (Reduan Petara 40’), Azwan Saleh, Azwan Ali, Hendra Azam (Nurikhwan Othman 78’), Najib Tarif, Maududi Hilmi Kasmi, Rosmin Kamis (C), Aminuddin Zakwan, Rafael Ramazotti, Adi Said

Hard lessons for Brunei Futsal

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (26 May 2017) – The Brunei Under-20 Futsal team picked up some hard lessons this week in Bangkok when they lost all their matches in the AFC U20 Futsal Championship.
Placed in Group A, the Sultanate scored just eight goals as against conceding 41 to be placed at the bottom of the bracket.
They opened their campaign with a 14-1 loss to Afghanistan before conceding a 6-1 loss to Iraq, 10-0 to Thailand, 4-3 to Bahrain and then 7-3 to Malaysia.
“It was a good exposure,” said Brunei coach Qusmaini Noor Rusli.
“The players suffered a bit of a shock playing in an international environment during the first match.But they gradually gathered momentum and eased into playing casually, with better passes and control of the ball.
“The players dished out their best display during the match against Bahrain.”

13 May 2017


Written by: Phoon Jia Hui
Garena Young Lions notched their first point of the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League season after holding Brunei DPMM to a goalless draw at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night.
It was an end-to-end game with chances aplenty, but the two teams were ultimately let down by their profligacy in front of goal as they shared the spoils in an exciting affair.  
The hosts started the match brightly and could have opened the scoring after seven minutes but Muhaimin Suhaimi nodded narrowly wide off a Ryan Syaffiq cross.

Meanwhile, the Young Lions defence hardly allowed the DPMM attackers a sniff at goal and was marshalled well by the trio of captain Shahrin Saberin, Illyas Lee and Faizal Roslan - the latter two were making their first starts of the season.  
Young Lions goalkeeper Hairul Syirhan was called into action for the first time on 18 minutes as he made an unorthodox save with his legs to keep out Hendra Azam’s fierce shot.
Muhaimin controlled Rusyaidi Salime’s cross with his chest but fired tamely at DPMM custodian Wardun Yussof from six yards out.
After cutting in from the left, Syaffiq’s effort whistled just over the bar just after the half-hour mark before Rosmin Kamis’ cross was nearly deflected into goal by the head of Azwan in the 33rd minute.  

V Selvaraj’s charges should have gone ahead six minutes after the restart when Wardun flapped at Rusyaidi’s right-wing cross. The ball then fell kindly to left-back Syahrul Sazali who blasted over from close range.
Lee came to the rescue of the Young Lions in the 58th minute, as the defender raced back in time to clear off the line with a header after Azwan’s chip had beaten an onrushing Hairul.
Azwan came close again in the 66th minute when he powered a shot on goal which came off the bar after it took a deflection off the fingertips of Hairul.

A glut of goalscoring chances followed thereafter but none were able to find a way into the back of the net.
Young Lions substitute Haiqal Pashia capitalised on a defensive error to drag his shot wide in the 84th minute before an unmarked Azwan skied his effort at the far post off a corner two minutes later.
With just seconds remaining, Taufik Suparno could have become the hero for the Young Lions but the forward contrived to fire wide with only the keeper to beat.        
The result made no difference to the league standings, as the Wasps remain in eighth with four points while the Young Lions are one spot below. 

Brunei DPMM Head Coach Steve Kean: “The good thing for us today was that the result stopped a bad seqence although I’m disappointed we didn’t get the three points.”
“We shaded the game, especially in terms of chances. Azwan Ali had one (which came off the bar), Rosmin Kamis fired over while Rafael Ramazotti had two headers which were unlucky not to have gone in.
“But credit to the Young Lions, they were hard to break down with three centre-backs and two wing-backs who constantly pressed us.”
Garena Young Lions: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Shahrin Saberin (C), Ryan Syaffiq (Haiqal Pashia 83’), Syahrul Sazali (Dhukhilan Jeevamani 74’), Hami Syahin, Faizal Roslan, Ikhsan Fandi (Taufik Suparno 69’), Muhaimin Suhaimi, Rusyaidi Salime, Illyas Lee, Muhelmy Suhaimi
Brunei DPMM: Wardun Yussof (GK), Azwan Saleh, Azwan Ali Rahman, Hendra Azam (Nurikhwan Othman 60’), Billy Mehmet, Najib Tarif, Rosmin Kamis (C), Helmi Zambin, Rafael Ramazotti, Zeljko Savic, Yura Indera Putera