03 September 2012

Brunei look to improve on passing ahead of AFF tourney FOOTBALL

Monday, September 3, 2012
BRUNEI ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki team look to improve on their passing game when they meet Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in a friendly match today.

The national team are currently in Malaysia to play several friendly matches as they step up their preparation for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup Qualifier Campaign in Yangon, Myanmar.

"We have been training at the UiTM (Universiti Teknologi MARA) football field for the past few days. Preparation has been good and we are ready to face the UiTM football team tomorrow," said left back Hj Yusof Hj Matyassin in an interview with The Brunei Times last night.

"We are looking to improve our passing in this game. We won against the ATM (Malaysian Armed Forces) yesterday. There are some areas that we still need to work on. We need to improve on our passing and through ball in the game."

The national team defeated Malaysia Armed Forces (ATM) 4-1 in their first friendly match in Perak on Saturday. Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman scored a brace in the win and Md Aqmal Hakeem Abd Hamid and Affendy Akup produced strong performances of their own to score one apiece in the win.

The national team has been boosted by the addition of the three DPMM FC players in today's game against UiTM. The national team will be joined by midfielders Mohd Hendra Azam Mohd Idris, Mohd Najib Hj Tarif and goalkeeper Md Fakhrul Zulhazmi Yussof.

"Najib, Hendra and Fakhrul are good players. With these new players, we hope to win all the friendly matches. Harimau Muda and Kelantan will be our biggest challenge and we need to focus," said Hj Yusof.

The Sultanate will face Cambodia on Oct 9, Laos on Oct 11 and Timor Leste on Oct 13. All matches will be played at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon.

Malaysia beat Indonesia 4-2 on aggregate to clinch the last edition of the tournament in 2010, lifting the cup for the first time since the AFF-organised tournament was inaugurated in 1996.The Brunei Times 

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