25 May 2015

Faiq entry boosts Brunei

Monday, May 25, 2015

THE national under-23 football team have been boosted by the addition of Faiq Jefri Bolkiah in the lineup ahead of the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore.
The forward, who plies his trade with the Chelsea Academy, arrived in the Sultanate last week and is ready to back up Tabuan Muda at the attacking front.
“I’m going to try to use my physical presence and my strengths of the game - speed and dribbling on the ball (to help the team),” said Faiq in an interview with The Brunei Times after a training session yesterday at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. “I will work hard for the team both defensively and offensively,” he added.
When asked on his target at the SEA Games, Faiq replied: “Hopefully we can improve. I see we got some stronger players from DPMM FC (trio of midfielders Azwan Ali Rahman, Aminuddin Zakwan Md Tahir and Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunus).
“Hopefully that will help us in winning a few games. That is our realistic target,” added the 17-year-old. Tabuan Muda will start their SEA Games campaign against Vietnam in Group B on Friday at the Bishan Stadium.
National under-23 football coach Stephen Ng Heng Seng is glad to have the four players on board and assures that they are ready for the opener.
“Three of them are professional players with DPMM FC and another from the Chelsea Academy so we are hoping the experience they can bring to the team will give the extra push to go forward,” said Ng. “At this stage we are very focussed and we are very serious in terms of preparations in the final lapse. We are ready to face Vietnam next week,” added the Singaporean.
The team recently returned from a 10-day training stint in Japan where they contested in three friendly matches – winning one and losing two.
Saiful Ammar Hj Adis netted the only goal to give Brunei a 1-0 victory over JFA Under-18 Fukushima in the first game.
With the arrival of DPMM FC players then, the under-23 side slipped to a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Kanto Soccer League Division 1 side Ryutsu Keizai University in the second match before getting edged 1-0 by Jubilo Iwata Under-18.
Ng felt that the games were exactly the ones needed for his charges.
“It is a good exposure (for the boys) because we played against quality opponents” said Ng.
“Time and space on the ball was limited and they need to learn to play game faster.
“From past experience as seen from the previous SEA games, our opponents play much faster than us,” he added.
“This is what we have studied and prepared ourselves. Hopefully the boys can put up a good performance for the coming weeks,” continued Ng.
Team manager Pg Mohd Amirrizal Pg Hj Mahmud felt the same way about the Japan trip.
“We achieved our objectives for the Japan trip as we were there to gain experience and to identify both the strengths and weaknesses,” said Pg Mohd Amirrizal.
“From there we moved on and continued to build on our preparations for the SEA Games,” he concluded.
After the encounter against Vietnam, Tabuan Muda will face Laos two days later, Timor Leste on June 3 and defending champions Thailand on June 6.
They will complete their group stage play with a meeting against 2009 and 2011 winners Malaysia on June 8.

The Brunei Times

24 May 2015

Brunei to play Singapore in a friendly on June 6

Sunday, May 24, 2015

THE national football team are set for more action!
The Wasps are scheduled to play a friendly match against Singapore at the Jurong West Stadium in Singapore on June 6 - a day after the opening ceremony of the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
This was confirmed to The Brunei Times by NFABD (National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam) general secretary Hj Muhd Zamri Dato Paduka Hj Hamdani yesterday.
NFABD Technical Director Mike Wong Mun Heng also confirmed that he will be coaching the team in Lion City.
Brunei are currently ranked 183rd in the world while Singapore are in 162nd position.
The Wasps last saw action in the 2018 World Cup first round qualifier in March.
History was made when Adi Said scored the solitary goal to give Brunei a 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei in the first leg at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung on March 12.
It was the maiden win for Brunei after losses in the 12 previous games and the first away goal the Sultanate scored in World Cup qualifiers in 30 years.
However, their road to Russia came to an end after losing 2-0 in the second leg five days later at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The Brunei Times

Najip FC reclaim top spot

Sunday, May 24, 2015

NAJIP FC reclaimed the DST Super League summit again after ousting IKLS FC 2-1 at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.
The three points bagged meant Najip FC hopped over defending champions Indera SC and are first again with 15 points while IKLS FC suffered their fifth loss of the season. But today, Indera SC can take their spot again if they win against the Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) at their match at 8.15pm at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
Cagey was the name of the game as both teams played direct but kept squandering their chances.
Individual star performances from both teams were the difference last night.
Like a predator, Najip FC’s Abd Faiq Roslan poached right behind a defender, received the ball and drilled it past IKLS FC’s goal line to make it 1-0 at the 23rd minute.
Right after the break, IKLS FC responded right away as winger Ak Muhd Nur Izzuddin Pg Yusof faked a shot to lure Najip FC custodian Fardillah Hj Md Ali out and gleefully chipped it to the top right corner.
Excitement got the better of IKLS FC’s players however as they needlessly conceded a freekick right at the edge of the box.
Najip FC midfielder Haziman Hj Abd Halim curled the ball in and it was actually within the grasps of the IKLS goalkeeper but he spilled the beans, kindly falling over to Noor Raimi Karim who slotted the winning goal at the 52nd minute.
In the match between the bottom dwellers, Lun Bawang somehow was awarded four penalties and scored their first win of the season last night.
Lun Bawang ousted Kilanas FC 6-3 to keep their sorry opponents immobilised at the bottom with 22 goals conceded while Lun Bawang jumped from ninth to eight, replacing IKLS FC who now fell to ninth.

The Brunei Times

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18 May 2015

Indera SC thrash Najip FC

Monday, May 18, 2015

DEFENDING champions Indera SC stamped its authority and sent a warning to their title contenders after battering Najip FC 7-0 in the DST Super League match last night.
Former league leaders Najip FC came into the game undefeated but Indera had momentum on their side after recently demolishing Kilanas FC 8-1.
But five Indera SC goals in the first half was too hot for Najip FC to handle as Indera devoured them 7-0 and usurped the former league leaders from the DST Super League throne. Seven-star Indera are now level on 12 points but Indera are over the latter via a superior goal difference as well as hold a game in hand.
Indera Sports Club manager Rosdin Hj Abdul Aziz in an interview with The Brunei Times said that even he was surprised by the scoreline and did not expect his team to win in such an emphatic fashion.
“I’m really happy with the game, I did not expect a big win with two of our players playing at the BIBD At-Tamwil University Cup,” he said.
“The boys played according to our strategy – which is to control the midfield.
“We know that Najip FC have experienced defenders but we also knew that we have fast pace wingers, so we exploited that fact and Alhamdulillah it paid off.”
And control the midfield they did as Najip FC struggled to bring the ball past the halfway line.
The manager also hailed his industrious back four which was very solid, securing a cleansheet and even had their right back get on the scoresheet.
Indera SC’s Sahrin Momin broke the deadlock at 11th minute.
Ten minutes later, solid right back Muhd Alif Hj Mahdini industriously overlapped forward and sent a like-a-bullet-shot top corner goal to give the Najip FC’s goalkeeper absolutely no chance.
Indera SC player Sam Frank was then atrociously given too much space by Najip FC’s defenders to take a shot and beat the Najip’s goalkeeper once more.
Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman and Mohd Asri Hj Aspari then made it 5-0 before the break.
Three minutes in the second half, Mohd Afi Aminuddin extended Indera Sc’s lead again and Sahrin Momin hammered the final nail in Najip FC’s coffin scoring from a freekick to make it 7-0.
Earlier in the day, Jerudong FC bounced back from their previous loss to Wijaya FC and secured a 4-1 win against Lun Bawang to jump from eighth to sixth place.

The Brunei Times

14 May 2015

DPMM FC, Albirex clash

Thursday, May 14, 2015

DESPITE having the chance to top the Singapore League (S-League) if they beat Albirex Niigata FC (S) tonight, DPMM FC coach Steve Kean is entertaining no such thoughts.
DPMM FC enter the game at the Jurong East Stadium in Singapore third in the 10-team table with 19 points from eight games. Albirex are a point above DPMM FC in second while titleholders Warriors lead the league with 21 points – though both clubs have played 10 games.
On paper, DPMM FC have the advantage as they have won eight of their 11 meetings against Albirex - who won the remaining three fixtures.
When asked if the opportunity to lead the S-League has been a theme in his pre-match talks against the Japanese outfit, Kean’s answer was simple.
“No,” said the Scotsman minutes before boarding their flight to Singapore yesterday evening.
“The most important thing is that we respect our opponent as they’re a very good side.
“Albirex are focused on keeping possession and keeping hold of the ball, so during training we’ve worked a lot on our organisation and structure behind the ball,” he added.
The fact that Albirex have the meanest defence in the league – they have let in a miserly three goals in 10 games – mean DPMM FC strikers Rafael Ramazotti and Paulo Sergio will have their work cut out for them.
Both got on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win over Tampines Rovers FC on Sunday night – the Bruneian side’s first ever S-League win over the Stags – but Kean has told his players to expect a different animal when they face Albirex tonight.
“It’s going to be a different game. Tampines are very different and are more direct,” he said.
Tonight’s other game will see seventh placed Home United FC host Hougang United FC at the Yishun Stadium in Singapore.
Both games will kick off at 7.30pm.

The Brunei Times

Wijaya beat 10-man Jerudong

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A FIRST-HALF red card spoiled Jerudong FC’s game last night as they gave away their lead to allow Wijaya FC to bag their third win of the DST Super League.
Wijaya came back from 2-1 down after 30 minutes to win 3-2 at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas, and the three points keep Wijaya in fourth - but level on nine points with defending champions Indera Sports Club (SC) and three points behind leaders Najip I-Team.
Jerudong was reduced to 10 men just before the break after Mohd Shaeruddin Suhaile landed a brash two-footed tackle on Wijaya FC winger Abd Azim Abd Rasid.
After the match, Wijaya manager Ahyana Hj Tali said that it was a tough game early on as Jerudong were dangerous on the counter-attack until their red card.
“I don’t want to say that it was one sided, but that red card really tilted the game in our favour,” said the manager, who fielded a 4-1-3-2 formation last night.
“We played alright considering we had a number of key players. Unfortunately, we had to play some players in positions they were not used - hence the shaky start we had in the game.
“It is still early in the season and we should take it game by game, so at the moment we hope to do better than last season and be knocking on the door of getting in the top five,” he said of his team’s target this season.
The match kicked off on a high tempo with four goals in the first half, with Khalil Saab breaking the deadlock and putting Wijaya FC in front after just seven minutes.
Wijaya kept the ball in midfield well, but they struggled to cope with Jerudong’s blitzkrieg runs on the flanks.
A Jerudong run into the box in the 18th minute was rewarded when they won a free-kick right at the edge of the box and veteran midfielder Md Hardi Bujang curled in a sublime shot to the top corner, leaving Wijaya’s 19-year-old goalkeeper Md Burhanuddin Hj Edy Asmady eating grass.
The equaliser spurred Jerudong on and they went ahead again through a simple tap in by Sadilah Samail in the 28th minute.
The game changer came when Khalil picked out Wijaya winger Abd Azim Abd Rasid’s run and hit a through pass.
The winger beat his marker and Jerudong’s Mohd Shaeruddin, who was already booked, took him down and got his second yellow of the night.
From the resulting free-kick, Khalil delivered a stinging swerving cross met by Muhd Hanif Omar Ali - who headed the ball and floated it over Jerudong custodian Abd Samad Hj Gapor - making it 2-2 right before the break.
The second half went from bad to worse for Jerudong as Wijaya’s Marhazif Ahad was brought down in the box just two minutes after the break. Marhazif took the penalty and coolly slotted in the winning goal of the night.
Jerudong was no longer the same side in the second half and they did not pose any serious threat to Wijaya goalie Md Burhanuddin.
DST Super League action will continue again this Sunday with a blockbuster match between league leaders Najip I-Team and Indera SC at the Balapan Track and Field.
The game is slated for an 8.15pm kick-off.

The Brunei Times