30 May 2011

The Executive Committee lifts the suspension of Brunei Darussalam !!

The FIFA Executive Committee, chaired by President Joseph S. Blatter, decided to lift the suspensions on the football associations of Bosnia-Herzegovina (FFBH) and Brunei Darussalam (NFABD, formerly BAFA) during their meeting held today, 30 May 2011, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The committee took these decisions after ascertaining that both national associations had fulfilled the conditions established by the FIFA Emergency Committee and approved statutes in line with the FIFA Statutes.


25 May 2011

BYT dump Menglait out

BRUNEI Youth Team (BYT) defeated Menglait FC 3-1 to book a DST Group Brunei League Cup 2011 quarter-final date with defending champions QAF FC last night.

BYT were playing without their coach Hj Mohd Rosanan Abdullah Samak, who is in Brazil for this week's Course for Professional Football Coaches, but it didn't matter they were up 3-0 after half an hour.

Md Shapiee Hj Mohd Effendy opened the scoring at the Balapan Track & Field at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas in the first minute, with Abdul Al-Wardy Abdul Hamid making it 2-0 seven minutes later.

Md Azwan Ali Rahman netted BYT's third goal in the 31st minute but Menglait took hold of the game in the second half, getting one back through Md Fawzan Hj Abu Kassim in the 68th minute.

The tie was a rematch of Sunday's game which had to be postponed due to poor lighting.

BYT were leading 2-0 with Abdul Al-Wardy netting the first when the match was called off at the start of the second half.

"They played according to the strategy and the first goal was really important," said BYT's coordinator Johari Hj Bungsu.

"We should have controlled the ball better in the second half but the boys lost focus. Nevertheless, in a knock-out match like this a win is all that matters.

"We will have to work hard against QAF FC and it will be a big challenge for us," added Johari.

Ninth in the 10-team DST Group Brunei Premier League II with three points from five games, Menglait are six points behind BYT who are second in the table.

Though he didn't touch on their league form, Menglait's coach said that BYT were the better side on the night.

"All three goals we let in were defensive errors, but I have no complaints about the referee," said Mohd Rodieno PD Hj Abdul Latiff. "BYT deserved to win ... They made the extra effort.

"I am very satisfied with our second half performance though. We controlled the game and our players worked hard."

BYT face QAF FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas at 3pm on Friday. The day's other game will see Wijaya FC take on the Royal Armed Forces' Sports Council (MS ABDB) at the Balapan Track & Field at 8pm.

The other two ties will see Jerudong FC go up against DST Group FC at the Berakas Sports Complex and Indera Sports Club battle with Majra FC at the Balapan Track & Field on Saturday. Both games are penciled in for 8pm.The Brunei Times

09 May 2011

Gunners firing again

AM Gunners beat Jerudong to go 4th

AM GUNNERS FC shrugged off their recent poor form to beat Jerudong FC 4-2 to move to fourth in the DST Group Brunei Premier League I (BPL I) last night.

With losses in their previous two games to leaders the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) and Indera Sports Club who the team now displace the Gunners were looking for a win to get their season back on track.

Two points adrift of the Gunners before last night's tie at the Berakas Sports Complex, a win for Jerudong would have seen them overtake AM Gunners in the nine-team standings.

It was not to be though, and the club remain sixth in the table as a result of their fourth loss of the season.

With three points in the bag, AM Gunners manager paid tribute to his players after the match and emphasised the importance of last night's victory .

"We dropped six points in our last two games, so because of that, we needed to win tonight (Sunday)," Hj Ahmad Hj Husin told The Brunei Times during an interview.

"It was very important for us to get back our momentum. Hopefully we can win our next game and reclaim second.

"Because of postponements we have at least one game in hand against other teams ... and that has shown in the number of points we have right now," he added.

DPMM FC midfielder Hj Md Subhi Abdilah Hj Bakir broke the deadlock in the 34th minute before Md Syaraffuddin doubled the Gunners' lead two minutes before the break.

Md Shahrul Rizal Hj Abd Rahman gave the team a commanding 3-0 lead in the 57th minute but Jerudong clawed one back in the 65th minute through Md Faizul Jefri and made things interesting when Md Radzi Hj Tamat found the net in the 75th minute to set the score at 3-2.

However, a strike from Md Nazirul Nazreen Abdullah two minutes later was too much for Jerudong to recover from.

Despite the scoreline Hj Ahmad said Jerudong proved to be more than they bargained for.

"Jerudong put up a good fight ... it took us half an hour to score," he said.

"Both teams played very well and worked very hard but in the second half Jerudong were really strong and got two goals," added the manager.

Their next game is against eighth placed Prisons Department on Saturday at the Berakas Sports Complex while Jerudong next take to the field in June when the league's second round kicks off.

Action continues on Wednesday when seventh-placed Wijaya FC face Indera at the Berakas Sports Complex.The Brunei Times

02 May 2011

Draw lifts Indera to 4th

Jerudong fight back to take a point from Indera

INDERA SC and Jerudong FC settled for a share of the points in their DST Group Brunei Premier League (BPL) I game which ended 1-1 last night.

Both goals at the Berakas Sports Complex were scored inside the first 10 minutes, and though the teams would continue to create chances, neither were able to capitalise.

Muhd Afi Aminuddin, one of the six DPMM FC players in Indera, opened the scoring in the first minute before Jerudong's Md Sufian Hj Lamudin equalised six minutes later.

The result pushes Indera from fifth to fourth by displacing AM Gunners FC.

AM Gunners, who started the weekend on third, have now dropped two spots as a result of last night's game and the 1-1 draw between Majra FC and the Prisons Department on Saturday night.

Jerudong, on the other hand, remain seventh in the nine-team league.

Though he was pleased with the result, Indera coach Moksin Mohamed felt his team could have done better.

"It was a 50/50 game for us. We had our chances but failed to take them," Moksin told The Brunei Times.

His counterpart, Julkifli Hj Hitam, was just happy to have bounced back after trailing so early in the tie.

"The players did what was asked of them ... Maybe not 100 per cent but 80 per cent. They also did well to come back from that early goal," he said.

"We will be looking to get all six points from our next two games to push us up to the Top Five before the start of the second round," he added.

Jerudong face the Prisons Department on Wednesday and AM Gunners on Sunday before the first round break.

Julkifli said the second round is expected to start early next month.

Today's action will see Rimba Star take on Menglait FC in the BPL II.

The match is set for 8.15pm at the Berakas Sports Complex in Berakas.The Brunei Times