05 January 2012

Underdogs ready to go to the top

Thursday, January 5, 2012
THE DST National League has produced a number of 'surprise' teams who are making their mark in the three-month old season

One such team is Najip FC who currently sit in second place in group A of the league after humbling BIBD FC 3-2 on Tuesday.

"To be honest, we were not confident of winning the game two nights ago because BIBD FC are a strong team. And although we won, we still need to improve in the areas of central defense," said Najip FC manager Md Najib Mokhtal.

"We will be hoping to gain another win on Jan 14," he said, adding that their ultimate aim for the new year is to qualify for the DST National Super League.

Najip FC was established in 2009, and started out as a futsal club.

This is their first time competing in a local football league.

Another team to keep an eye on are Tunas FC, currently third behind giants QAF FC and Jerudong FC in group B.

According to team manager Awg Bujang, the Tutong based club have been around for almost twenty years.

"We have produced youth players for two decades now. In the past, we have produced players who have been called up to represent Brunei, such as Hj Rosaidi Hj Khamis, and Singapore League Cup 2009 medalist, Rosmin Hj Khamis."

"Our aim in the league is to have match practice and development for youth football players from Tutong, who can represent the district for national competitions held annually," he explained.

Sri Sentosa currently sits in second in group C and are currently playing under a new management system.

"To be honest, our game play in the first two matches was far from perfect. We will continue to conduct training from time to time, and hopefully we will be able to perform well against the more established teams in group C," said Rosirwan Hj Abu Bakar, the head coach of the team established in 2008.

"Our target is to qualify for the super league," he added.

Last but not least, KB/Lumut based team LLRC FT have been making positive headlines, gaining a maximum six points after two league games.

"So far so good. We bagged all three points for both games played. We hope that we will be able to beat Youngster FC in the next game. If Kilanas FC can beat them, so can we," said assistant manager Ahmad Sazarin.

A contributer to their success could be the gelling of the team as they have maintained their pool of players since the creation of the club in 2007.

They did, however, introduce five youth players whom the assistant manager claims are getting more united by the day.

He then raised concerns on the status of league games in January.

"I heard that we will have a break from league games for one and a half months to make way for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy. I hope that the organisers can just let us finish our remaining league games, as one month is a very long time for any team to wait."

The Brunei Times 

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