07 December 2013

Brunei squad ready, come rain or shine

Saturday, December 7, 2013
THE national football team’s ability to handle the weather at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Naypyidaw, where the temperature ranges from 25-33 degrees, will be a factor in their campaign.
Brunei start their tournament against Vietnam at the Zeyar Thiri Stadium tomorrow before a titanic clash against defending champions and neigbours Malaysia on Tuesday.
They face Singapore next Friday and Laos on Dec 17, and after months of hard work and training, national coach Kwon Oh-son is sure they can deal with the differing conditions at the Under-23 tournament.
The country’s chef de mission and deputy chef de mission to the SEA Games, Hj Muhd Zamri Dato Paduka Hj Hamdani and Pg Mohd Amirrizal Pg Hj Mahmud, paid a visit to the team’s training at the Lalwee Stadium on Thursday and spent some time hearing Kwon talk to his players – where the issue cropped up.
“The coach stressed the importance of playing as a team, playing under pressure and not think about the varying temperatures and adjusting accordingly,” noted Thursday’s daily report from the Department of Youth and Sports.
The report also stated that the players, who were in Thailand for three friendly games before arriving in Myanmar, have no serious injuries and only require light treatment and massages.
Brunei will be looking to advance from the group stage after failing to do so in the previous edition of SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011 – where they came up with one win, one draw and three losses in what was team’s return to the competition after 10 years.
The country started their campaign with a 2-1 loss to Timor Leste before drawing 2-2 with Laos. They then fell 4-0 to Myanmar and 8-0 to Vietnam before beating the Philippines – who are not competing this year - 2-1 in their final match.

The Brunei Times

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