14 May 2015

Tabuan Muda off to Japan

Saturday, May 9, 2015

THE national Under-23 football team will travel to Asian football powerhouses Japan in the final stage of their preparation for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore.
Tabuan Muda - who remain second in the DST Super League after beating IKLS FC 3-0 last night to cut Najip I-Team’s lead at the top of the league to two points - are scheduled to fly off to Japan tomorrow for the 10-day intensive training tour.
The trio of DPMM FC midfielders Aminuddin Zakwan Tahir, Azwan Ali Rahman and Ak Yura Indera Peter Pg Yunus is set to join the rest of the team in Japan after DPMM FC’s Singapore League (S-League) meeting against Albirex Niigata (S) FC on Thursday.
This will be the second time the team will lace up in the Land of the Rising Sun – the country where they were first put together as the Under-22 squad for a training tour last September.
Tabuan Muda head coach Stephen Ng Heng Seng Ng is looking forward to the trip and said they will play three games in Japan.
Despite not having the DPMM FC trio with them from the start, Ng is confident his men will be able to cope.
“We have to work with what we have,” said Ng during a send off ceremony hosted by Japanese Ambassador Noriki Iki at the Japanese Embassy in Kiulap yesterday.
“We understand they are in the professional game and we cannot disrupt their season. As much as we want them in the team we have to be understanding,” continued Ng.
The trip was made possible after an invitation from the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Japan Football Association (JFA) and Japan Professional Football League (J League)
Tabuan Muda will start their SEA Games campaign against Vietnam in Group B on May 29.
They 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

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