20 June 2018

Brunei drawn in Group ‘B’ in AFF meet

 By Fadhil Yunus  

BRUNEI Darussalam have been drawn in Group ‘B’ in the 2018 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-19 Championship in Indonesia next month.
The junior Wasps will be competing alongside two-time winners Myanmar, Malaysia, Timor Leste and Cambodia.
They will begin their campaign against Cambodia on July 2 before meeting Timor Leste on July 4 and Malaysia on July 6.
The young Wasps will conclude their group stage play against Myanmar on July 8.
Myanmar and AFC Championship- bound Malaysia, who came close in lifting the title on five occasions as finalists, have been penned as favourites to advance from the group having progressed in the previous tournament with ease. Brunei Darussalam finished fourth in the last edition after recording one win and three losses also in Group ‘B’.
Thailand are the defending champions after beating Malaysia 2-0 in the final at the Thuwunna Stadium in Thailand last year.
The venues of the tournament are Gresik and Sidoarjo and Brunei matches will be based at the Gelora Joko Samudro Stadium in Gresik.
Brunei, who will be making their eighth appearance, have never gone past the group stages.
The AFF tournament will also serve as preparation for the quartet of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam ahead of the continental-level AFC Under-19 Championship in Indonesia in October.