12 July 2014

MS ABDB out to defend FA Cup


Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Defending their DST FA Cup crown will be the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council’s (MS ABDB) top priority this year.
The armymen are looking forward to repeating the glory of winning the first edition of the tournament when they defeated Indera Sports Club (SC) 1-0 in the final two years ago, but first, they will need a massive revamp in the squad.
“We need to build a better squad for the DST FA Cup this year and we also must bring in young players to replace the old ones if we are to defend our title,” MS ABDB manager Major (A) Pg Mohd Mufid Pg Umar Ariffin told The Brunei Times yesterday.
“We also need to come up with new tactics and style of play for the tournament as other clubs keep on improving from year to year,” he added.
Currently second in the nine-team DST Super League with 31 points - six behind defending champions Indera SC - MS ABDB know it is almost impossible to catch up with the leaders, who only need to win one of their three remaining matches to defend their DST Super League title.
“The chances are too slim for us to compete with Indera for the league title this year, but we must continue to fight until the very end,” continued the manager.
“We are currently having our break for the fasting month of Ramadhan and there is no training at the moment, but we will start training after Hari Raya to get ready for our remaining league matches and the DST FA Cup,” he added.
Organised by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD), the second edition of the tournament is slated to take place in September.
Teams have to submit their completed entry forms as well as an entry fee of $150 before 3pm this Friday.
Entry forms can be obtained at NFABD House, which is located along Jalan Pusat Persidangan opposite the International Convention Centre in Berakas.
The tournament is open to all registered football clubs in all four districts.
The DST FA Cup will feature the other DST Super League teams; Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB), Liang Lumut Recreational Club Football Team (LLRC FT), Wijaya FC, QAF FC, Kilanas FC, Najip FC and Jerudong FC.

DST Premier League teams such as Lun Bawang, IKLS, Brunei Shell Recreational Club FT, Setia Perdana, Perkasa, Tunas FC, Kota Rangers and Rimba Stars are also expected to join.
The Brunei Times

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