26 October 2016

DPMM FC end season

DPMM FC ended their Singapore League (S-League) season with a surprising 2-0 defeat at the hands of Balestier Khalsa FC last night.
The Croatian duo of Niko Tokic and Miroslav Kristic found the back of the net at the Toa Payoh Stadium in Singapore to give the Tigers their first victory in nine games in all competitions and send the Brunei side to their first league defeat in 10 matches.
According to the S-League’s Twitter updates, Balestier troubled early on after Fadhil Noh sent a cross deep into the box but Tokic couldn’t place his header on target.
Hazzuwan Halim delivered a cross off a free-kick minutes later but Tokic was unable to head the ball in.
At the other end, Paulo Sergio got past three defenders but his cross to S-League topscorer Rafael Ramazotti was stopped by Nurullah Hussein.
Tokic connected on Hazzuwan’s ball from their own half on the half hour mark but couldn’t put the ball past DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof.
Ramazotti did get another chance after a ball was chested down by Azwan Ali Rahman (pic) for him, but the Brazilian blasted his attempt wide.
Balestier were on target on the hour mark after Tokic got at the end of a Kristic cross but the former fired straight at Wardun.
The hosts then took the lead in the 67th minute after Tokic tapped home Hazzuwan’s ball across goal.
DPMM FC made two attacking changes for the last 15 minutes by sending on brothers Shahrazen and Adi Said for the duo of Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos and Azwan Ali.
However, it was Balestier who killed off the game completely with Kristic firing past Wardun at the death.
Over at the Jalan Besar Stadium, newly crowned champions Albirex Niigata (S) FC were hammered 5-1 by Tampines Rovers FC.
Both teams will face off again in the final of the Singapore Cup on Saturday, with the Japanese side aiming for a treble having already won the Singapore League Cup at the end of July.
The White Swans secured the S-League title on Oct 14 with two games remaining, finishing the competition with 50 points.
The Stags end the season a point behind after the triumph while DPMM FC follow in third on 41 points.
Home United FC are in fourth on 37 points, just ahead of Geylang International FC on better goal difference.
The Brunei Times

Kwon to lead Wasps at AFC tourney

KWON Oh-son (pic) has 

KWON Oh-son (pic) been tasked with leading the national football team at next week’s AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Solidarity Cup 2016 in Kuching.
The seasoned South Korean coach will take over the duties of interim national coach Mike Wong Mun Heng for the Nov 2-15 tournament.
The decision was made with the work load piling up for Wong, who is the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) technical director.
Wong will have to be around when FIFA officials visit the sultanate for a field inspection at the NFABD House in Berakas during the second week of next month, and he will also be attending a meeting in Kuala Lumpur a few days later.
“I’m basically just swapping places with Kwon,” said Wong in an interview with The Brunei Times on Tuesday.
“We looked at the coaches here and Kwon is the most experienced.
“He has been here and knows the boys. We needed a coach who knows the boys — which is important — and he knows the international exposure that we have.
“He is the best candidate at the present moment. The players going are more or less the same (as the team at the recently concluded ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup 2016 qualifiers which Wong coached), with two of them unable to play due to exams,” continued the Singaporean.
Kwon held his first two training sessions with the national team on Tuesday - excluding the professional players from DPMM FC.
The 57-year-old is no stranger to the national set-up, with his biggest achievement to date the 2012 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy which he helped the national Under-21 football team claim for the first time.
He also led the national team at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 qualifiers in Myanmar, where they came close to qualifying for the tournament proper with two wins and two losses.
Born in Seoul, Kwon played for Seoul City FC and represented his country 11 times as a central defender from 1980-1983.
However, he missed his chance to represent Korea during the 1982 World Cup in Spain due to injury.
After his stint as a professional footballer from 1979-1983, Kwon retired from playing football the following year to pursue his coaching licenses.
Kwon eventually became the head coach of Seoul Metropolitan City FC for 13 years and was later appointed as a Korean Football Association Technical Committee member.
Brunei are placed in Group A together with Nepal and Timor Leste at the AFC Solidarity Cup 2016 while Sri Lanka, Macau, Mongolia and Laos make up Group B.
The sultanate will kick off against Timor Leste in the opener next Wednesday.
Brunei are the lowest-ranked team in their group in 192nd while Nepal and Timor Leste are in joint-186th.
Laos are the highest-ranked team in the competition at 175th followed by Sri Lanka (194), Macau (196) and Mongolia (202) in Group B.
The Wasps haven’t had much time to rest after returning from the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 qualifiers in Cambodia on Saturday.
They started out with a 2-1 win over Timor Leste on Oct 15 before falling 3-0 to Cambodia in the second match three days later.
The sultanate then put up a strong fight but were edged 4-3 by Laos in their final match on Friday.
The Brunei Times

22 October 2016

Tampines beat DPMM FC in battle for second

TAMPINES Rover FC beat DPMM FC in battle for second place in the Singapore League (S-League) as the former defeated Balestier Khalsa FC 2-0 at Jurong West Stadium in Singapore last night.
With the win, the Stags now has unassailable five-point lead over third-placed DPMM FC on 46 points with one game left to play.
DPMM FC — who won the S-League for the first time last year — are in superb form having only lost once in their last 13 matches in all competitions and they will remain in third place in the nine-team league table regardless of their last match result against Balestier Khalsa on Wednesday.
Shakir Hamzah slammed home Jermaine Pennant’s cross in the 38th minute to put Tampines Rovers ahead.
Tampines who dominated the game throughout secured the three points when Billy Mehmet doubled his team’s lead in the 90th minute.
Albirex Niigata (S) FC clinched their maiden S-League title on October 14 defeating Hougang United FC 3-0.
Atsushi Kawata, Masaya Jitozono and Rui Kumada all found the net in the victory as they become the first team to win all three Singapore trophies this year.
The Whites Swans — who lost 3-1 to Home United FC on Thursday — still have silverware to play for as they seek the first-ever quadruple by taking home the Singapore Cup when they face Tampines Rovers in the final on Saturday.
The Brunei Times

Non-league teams knocked out

THERE are no more non-league teams left in the DST FA Cup after both DSP United and IKLS FC were knocked out by DST Premier League sides in the third round yesterday.
Setia Perdana moved into the next round after edging DSP United 2-1 while IKLS FC defeated FC Phosphor 4-1 yesterday.
Setia Perdana took the lead just before the interval courtesy of Aimmil Rahman Ramlee in the 39th minute at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
Aziz Hanafi Hj Bakri then doubled the DST Premier League side’s advantage in the 86th minute but there was drama late on after Pg Ahmad Safwan Zulmajdi Pg Hj Rajid netted in the 90th minute - though it proved to be a mere consolation.
The victory sets them up a meeting against Lun Bawang.
Over the Berakas Sports Complex, Azmain put IKLS FC in front in the 14th minute with a goal that was cancelled out by Md Khairulizam Pungut in the 64th minute.
It didn’t take long for IKLS FC to regain the lead after Md Sapri Hj Md Salleh found the back of the net eight minutes later.
Ak Md Syahiiruddin then doubled their lead late on before Md Sapri added a second in stoppage time to complete the victory.
IKLS FC will be up against Najip I-Team in the fourth round.
The competition continues tomorrow with two more third round matches.
Al-Idrus Junior will take on Panchor Murai FC at 3.45pm while Kilanas FC and Besa FC will do battle at 8.15pm.
Both matches will be contested at the Berakas Sports Complex.
The Brunei Times

Brunei put up strong fight

A SECOND half hat-trick by Phatthana Syvilay lifted Laos to a 4-3 win over Brunei in their AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2016 qualifier at the RSN Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, last night.
Despite Laos’ win, it will be Cambodia who will join Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar in Group B of the tournament proper after beating Timor Leste 3-2 in last night’s other game to top the four-team qualifiers with a maximum of nine points from three wins.
The loss means that Brunei have now failed to beat Laos in each of their last five meetings at the qualifiers dating back to 2006.
Brunei finished third in this year’s qualifiers with three points from as many games after opening their campaign last Saturday with a 2-1 win against Timor Leste — who failed to win any of their games and end at the bottom of the table. Brunei made three changes to their backline with Azwan Salleh, Khairil Shahme Suhaimi and Hairol Azaman Shah Abdullah starting.
Azizi Ali Rahman was also given his first start of the campaign and had two chances inside the first five minutes of the game.
However, he couldn’t get enough power on his shot to trouble Laos goalkeeper Vathana Keodouangdeth after being put through by Faiq Jefri Bolkiah -— and just missed on the connection from Azwan Salleh’s cross from the right in front of goal moments later.
After an equally contested opening half hour, Brunei found the back of the net after Faiq played Azizi through before cutting back for Adi Said to fire home — only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
The Wasps grabbed the lead in the 36th minute after Azwan’s corner kick was chested down by Azizi Ali Rahman and fired home by Adi from point blank range.
Laos levelled in late in the first half with skipper Paseuthsack Souliyavong sending Soukaphone Vongchiemkham through on goal to slot past Brunei goalkeeper Wardun Yussof.
Laos should have got in front two minutes after the interval following good ball movement to see Paseuthsack through, but his chip over Wardun just dipped over the crossbar.
Soukaphone was brought down in the 50th minute after a tackle by a Brunei defender resulted in a penalty for Laos.
Phatthana made no mistake from the spot with a panenka to give his country the lead.
It was 3-1 seven minutes later after Wardun parried Maitee Maitee’s cross to the path of Phatthana to nod home from inside the six-yard box.
Brunei were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute after a handball inside the box.
Faiq stepped up to fire the spot kick into the bottom right corner for his first international goal, with Vathana going the wrong way to give Brunei a lifeline.
He then played a good ball forward for substitute Razimie Ramli to give chase seven minutes later, but Vathana came out of the box for a good tackle.
Instead, Phatthana completed his hat-trick in 25 minutes after getting at the end of Maitee Maitee’s cross from the left at the far post.
The Wasps battled to get back in the game but it came too late as Razimie netted right at the death as a consolation.
The sultanate will now turn their attention to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Solidarity Cup 2016 from Nov 2-15 in Kuching.
The Brunei Times

20 October 2016

Fight till the end, HRH urges team


HIS Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, president of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD), urged the national football team to fight till the end when they take on Laos in their final game of the AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Suzuki Cup qualifiers in Cambodia tomorrow.

The Wasps opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Timor Leste on Saturday before slipping 3-0 to the hosts in their second game on Tuesday night at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia are now favourites to go through with a maximum of six points but it is still mathematically possible for Brunei to pip them for the only spot on offer to the tournament proper to join Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar in Group B. However, it will be no easy task as the Wasps must win their game and hope that Cambodia slip up against Timor Leste by a favourable scoreline.

“Let’s hope we play well on Friday,” said HRH in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

“I know it is very hard to qualify but nobody knows. The ball is round,” HRH added.

HRH was delighted with the Wasps for picking up the opening win, which is their first in the qualifiers in almost exactly four years, but felt that stamina is lacking.

HRH hopes that they will be able to keep their concentration for the full 90 minutes.

“In the first game, they were really good and played well. I’m very happy with the result,” said HRH.

“But last night (Tuesday night), Cambodia are a very good team as they got the skills and speed. They also got the stamina.

“Our team, not only in the Suzuki Cup but also in the SEA Games in Singapore last year, are gone either in the first 10 minutes or the last 20 minutes,” HRH added.

“It was also seen in the friendly matches against Malaysia’s Under-22 football team.

“The players may be nervous in the first 10 minutes but later on we lack the stamina and that’s when we lose our concentration. But regardless it is getting better and we have improved from before,” continued the NFABD president.

The Wasps will want to finish the qualifiers on a high considering that the inaugural AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Solidarity Cup 2016 will start early next month in Malaysia.

HRH hopes that the team will continue to stick together to tackle the Nov 2-15 competition to be held in Kuching.

“We want to keep the same team together for the Solidarity Cup. We should have the same officials and coaches,” said HRH.

“Changing those would mean different tactics and ideas. We will have them together at least till the competition is over,” concluded HRH. A total of seven countries will vie for top honours in the tournament after the withdrawal of Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The Wasps are placed in Group A together with Nepal and Timor Leste while Sri Lanka, Macau, Mongolia and Laos make up Group B.

The tournament will be held at two venues — Sarawak Stadium and Negeri Stadium — in Kuching and the sultanate will kick things off against Timor Leste in the opener on Nov 2.

The Brunei Times

Wasps go down to Cambodia in AFF qualifiers

THE national football team’s chances of qualifying for the AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2016 took a huge blow after falling 3-0 to Cambodia last night.
The Wasps never recovered from conceding twice in the opening 10 minutes of the rain-marred encounter, thanks to goals from Prak Mony Udom and Keo Sokpheng before the former added another late in the opening half at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.
“We conceded two goals in the first 10 minutes. We were chasing the game after that. Credits to Cambodia who came out with good support, fans support,” Mike Wong Mun Heng, Brunei’s interim national coach, was quoted as saying on the AFF website. “We tried to be competitive in all areas. We created the opportunities to score goals and at least tried to come back but we never did score from the chances that were created,” he added.
Cambodia are favourites to claim the only spot to join Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam in Group B of the tournament proper as they are now on six points and have a superior goal difference.
Brunei are mathematically still able to qualify but now have to beat Laos, who edged Timor Leste 2-1 in the other game yesterday, on Friday and hope that Cambodia slip up against Timor Leste by a favourable scoreline.
The Wasps made one change from their 2-1 win over Timor Leste on Saturday with Rosmin Hj Md Kamis starting in place of an injured Najib Hj Tarif in the backline.
Brunei were on target in the opening minutes of the game but Shahrazen Said’s shot heading to the bottom right corner was kept out by Cambodian goalkeeper and skipper Um Sereyroth.
Brunei custodian Wardun Yussof was called into action in the fifth minute having to keep out Tith Dina’s long range effort for a corner kick.
The hosts grabbed the lead from Udom’s ensuing corner kick as it was mistakenly tipped into goal by Wardun.
Cambodia doubled their advantage three minutes later after Chan Vathanaka’s free-kick from the right was headed back into the danger area by Sok Sovan for Sokpheng to fire home.
Brunei skipper Faiq Jefri Bolkiah put Adi Said through in the 23rd minute but the latter’s shot was saved by Sereyroth. Wardun was kept busy and made a double save around the half hour mark.
Brunei were having trouble dealing with the speed of their opponents especially down the flanks and Md Asnawi Syazni Abd Aziz was sent on to replace Mohammad Shafie Hj Md Effendy in the backline in the 40th minute.
Cambodia added to their tally three minutes later after Vathanaka played Udom through and the latter rounded Wardun to put the ball into an empty net.
The Wasps had an opportunity to pull one back just before the interval after good work from Faiq down the left flank before putting it across goal.
Sereyroth got a hand to it only for it to land for Adi but the latter got it all wrong by blasting over from eight yards out.
The second half didn’t provide as much but Brunei tried to get back by making an attacking change by sending on Azizi Ali Rahman for Adi in the 65th minute.
Their best chance came in the 77th minute when Ak Fakharazzi Pg Hj Hassan struck one from inside the box only to watch it go narrowly over the crossbar.
More disaster struck for the Wasps as they finished the match with 10 men after Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos was red carded for pulling down Dina at the edge of the box moments before the final whistle.
Cambodia coach Lee Tae-hoon felt that his charges stuck to the game plan and he took a more cautious approach after the interval.
“I told the players that we needed to create a high pressure game,” said Lee.
“The players followed my order but in the second half, they lost concentration. I was worried about injuries so I changed some of the players after the break,” concluded the South Korean.
The Brunei Times