10 October 2015

Malaysia beat Brunei in AFF Futsal C’ship opener

Friday, October 9, 2015

THE national futsal team kicked off their campaign at the 2015 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championship in Bangkok with a 9-1 loss to Malaysia yesterday.
Brunei fell to Malaysia 6-1 in last year’s edition in Kuala Lumpur and were unable to improve on their previous outing, falling behind as early as the 32nd second during yesterday’s game at the Bangkok Futsal Arena.
“The players were not fully focused and made many simple mistakes tonight which gave our opponents many chances,” national futsal team coach Azmanuddin Hj Gillen told The Brunei Times yesterday.
“They showed good spirit during the game, but unfortunately Malaysia were playing really well and were very organised,” added Azmanuddin of the team led by Brazilian Marcelo Serpa.
According to AFF’s official website, Malaysia scored their first goal within 32 seconds through Ahmad Fawzul Mohammad.
Aizad Daniel doubled the lead five minutes later and Faizul Jefry Zaini – the only scorer for the Sultanate – pulled one back in the ninth minute.
However, Muhammad Fitri Yatim restored Malaysia’s two goal lead two minutes later and Fawzul scored again in the 12th minute to make it 4-1 before the interval.
Malaysia scored three goals in three minutes with Fawzul kicking things off by completing his hat-trick in the 25th minute.
Aizad Daniel would make it 6-1 a minute later before Akmarul Nizam Mohd Idris bagged Malaysia’s seventh goal in the 28th minute.
Saiful Nizam Mohamd Ali got his name on the scoresheet in the 30th minute and Mohammad Awang Eisa added more misery for Brunei after he scored an own goal in the 35th minute.
In the other Group A game of the day, Timor Leste beat Singapore 6-3.
Brunei will continue their campaign today against Timor Leste and will face Singapore tomorrow before playing their last Group A game against defending champions Thailand on Sunday.
In last year’s previous edition in Malaysia, Brunei lost to Timor Leste 2-0 at the Stadium Melawati in Shah Alam.

The Brunei Times

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