Robbie Servais new head coach of Brunei football team
by Fadhil Yunus
FORMER Singapore Under-19 head coach Robbie Servais has been appointed as the new national head coach of Brunei Darussalam football team on a short-term basis for six weeks.
Servais will take charge of the senior national team for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 two-legged match against Mongolia on June 6 and 11.
The national coach, from the Netherlands, will be introduced to the players where he will assess his options on selecting them for inclusion as part of his immediate tasks. The majority of players in the national pool list compete in the Brunei Super League.
The players will attend a training session next week with Servais and is also expected to visit DPMM FC games, where most of Brunei internationals currently play.
After the confirmation of a 23-man squad which is likely to be announced at the end of May, the national team will undergo a training camp in China where they will play one or two friendly matches against Chinese professional clubs.
“We go there not only to get used to the climate but also the opponents as well. Mongolian players are a little bit stronger than us so we need to have one or two games against similar teams,” said Servais in an interview with the media at NFABD House yesterday.
The Wasps will play Mongolia in an away leg in Ulaanbaatar in June 6 with the home leg taking place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on June 11.