02 September 2014

Brunei open with Timor Leste

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BRUNEI will open their Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup qualifiers against Timor Leste on October 12.
The Sultanate will meet host Laos on October 14 before facing Myanmar two days later.
They will end their campaign with a match against Cambodia on October 20, with all matches set to be played at the New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.
The winner of the group will move into Group B while the runners-up will earn a spot in Group A at the November 22 to December 20 tournament proper which will be co-hosted by Singapore and Vietnam.
Defending champions and four-time winners Singapore, three-time champions Thailand and 2010 winners Malaysia are drawn in Group B.
Group A will have Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines battling it out for a place in the last four of the tournament.
The last qualifiers in Myanmar in 2012 saw Brunei start their campaign with a 1-0 loss to hosts Myanmar before beating Cambodia 3-2.
A 3-1 loss to Laos squashed Brunei’s chances of making it through the tournament, but the team would end on a high by defeating Timor Leste 2-1.
Myanmar progressed to the tournament after topping the five-team qualifiers in Yangon, with Laos also advancing as runners-up.
According to a previous report in The Brunei Times, the last time Brunei played in the tournament’s main draw was in 1996 in Singapore, when the country lost three games and won one.
Competing in Group B, Brunei lost to Singapore (3-0), Thailand (6-0) and Malaysia (6-0), defeating the Philippines 1-0 in their last match.
Singapore are the most successful team in the tournament after winning it for the fourth time two years ago in what was the ninth edition of the event.
They beat Thailand 3-1 in the first leg in Singapore and despite losing the second leg 1-0, they held on to clinch the cup – with coach Radojko Avramović becoming the tournament’s most successful coach after previous wins in 2004 and 2007.

The Brunei Times

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