BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
ROSMIN Hj Md Kamis has urged his teammates to give it their all in their fight for a place in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
The national football team left to Myanmar for the Suzuki Cup qualifiers yesterday and they will be the first to admit they could be better prepared.
The team started training in July but the late addition of 11 DPMM FC players in mid-September the players were unable to join earlier due to their tight Singapore League fixture means the side needs more time to gel.
Though they might not be fully prepared, more important for the team's captain is that they play with passion.
"I just want the players to be fully committed," said Rosmin minutes before boarding the plane yesterday.
Rosmin, who also captains DPMM FC, knows the country faces an uphill task to qualify for the Nov 24-Dec 22 tournament proper which will be co-hosted by defending champions Malaysia and Thailand, especially with a tricky tie against hosts Myanmar in Friday's opener at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon.
Brunei take on Cambodia next Tuesday, Laos on Thursday and finish against Timor Leste on Saturday.
"We just have to take it one game at a time," said the skipper.
Brunei did not compete in the 2010 edition due to the country's suspension by FIFA, but the last time the Sultanate took part in Cambodia in 2008, the entire team list was made up of DPMM FC players - most of whom have returned.
The 2008 campaign saw Brunei start off with a 1-1 draw with the Philippines before beating Timor Leste 4-1, their last international win at the senior level.
They lost to Laos 3-2 and fell 2-1 to Cambodia in their last game, the result meaning that the hosts would qualify at the expense of Brunei.The Brunei Times ..