23 December 2019

Indera SC to represent the country will be playing against Yangon United FC from Myanmar in AFC Cup 2020, qualifying round 1

Brunei Darussalam is returning to the AFC competition through the AFC Cup 2020, qualifying round 1.
Indera SC, as the only club licensed under AFC Club License and Merit to represent the country, will be playing against Yangon United FC from Myanmar during the qualifying round 1.
Indera SC will host Yangon United FC at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Wednesday, 22 January 2020 and the return leg in Myanmar will be on Wednesday, 29 January 2020. Full Draw Ceremony for the AFC Cup 2020 will be done in AFC House, Kuala Lumpur on 9 December 2019.
Mohammad Shahnon Haji Mohd. Salleh, the current Acting General Secretary has stated that NFABD will fully cooperate and assist Indera SC during their preparation and participation in the AFC Cup 2020 as the club will be the flag bearer for Brunei Darussalam during this competition. He also hopes that the football enthusiasts in Brunei Darussalam will come in full force to support Indera SC and enliven the football match.
Rosdin Hj Abd Aziz as the General Manager for Indera SC said, “With gratitude and happiness, Indera SC has finally managed to acquire the AFC CUP 2020 license after all the hardwork and sacrifices by the Indera SC management team and all those involved since CLS was introduced back in October 2018. We will not have achieved this without assistance from NFABD. This is our first chronicle for Indera SC since its involvement in the football arena and that feat was a golden opportunity for the club to move forward to a higher level. Indera SC promised that it will give its best in the AFC CUP which will be contested reciprocally. Indera SC realised that our opponent Yangon United is not just any random team because they have been in the championship longer and are more experienced. That is why Indera SC need the total support from its fan and all football enthusiasts in Brunei Darussalam throughout their journey.”

Three major football leagues next year

by James Kon
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) will organise three major football leagues next year in its effort to raise the standard of football in Brunei.
The leagues are National League, Youth League and Futsal League. Following this, players competing in the Futsal League are not allowed to compete in the National League and vice versa.
This was announced by the recently elected President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan at a Muzakarah session with NFABD at the NFABD House yesterday.
He also urged NFABD members and local football clubs to work together for next year’s preparation and planning.
“With the aspiration to improve the level of Brunei football in the national and international stages, we will face many challenges and we can overcome them by working together. The development of football does not only rely on NFABD but also involves the cooperation of the association’s members including the involvement of local football teams,” he said.
“This will improve the level of football in the country while the image of the country will better in the international stage.”
Some 60 representatives from local football clubs attended the session.
The NFABD President added, “Many wonder why our national squad’s performance in the SEA Games recently was very disappointing. I feel that this can be a launching pad for us to compare where we have failed and improve our performance for the future.
“Steps must be taken so that our preparation can be implemented smoothly.
“The association will assist in terms of management and coaching among others. The management and administration of each football club must utilise systematic training to improve the standard of clubs, coaching and skills as well as others.”
Local football clubs, associations and referee associations in Brunei Darussalam are advised to start preparations early. “We want the standard of our league to be respectable,” he added.
Haji Matusin also added that the National League should have at least 16 teams, in line with the aspirations of the football’s world governing body FIFA, the Asian Football Federation (AFF) and the ASEAN Football Confederation (AFC).
Meanwhile, he also revealed that NFABD is in the early stage of negotiation with sponsors to support the leagues.

08 December 2019

Brunei lose 7-0 to Singapore

By Fadhil Yunus in Manila, the Philippines
Brunei Darussalam’s under-22 football team ended their campaign at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games without registering a single goal after a disappointing 7-0 defeat to Singapore at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila yesterday.
The Young Wasps have previously drawn blanks in all their group games against Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.
Brunei were put on the backfoot in the opening periods of the match as Singapore came out all guns blazing with the first goal arriving via a set-piece just three minutes after captain Irfan Fandi came uncontested at the far post to head home Hami Syahin’s pinpoint cross.
Singapore young striker Ikhsan Fandi, who is already capped at senior level, reminded the Brunei defence off his talents with his utilisation of space before getting his shot across but which sliced wide. Nevertheless, his attempt was a strong indication of the Singapore attacking onslaught.
With the Singapore side determined to end their campaign with a win, Jacob Mahler saw his towering header clear the bar after connecting a cross from a teammate.
The offensive threat was a relentless one as Ryhan Stewart gave the Bruneian defence a chase on the flanks before cutting back for Faris Ramli but his effort skewed wide.
Hami Syahin blasted an effort wide after a loose ball fell before Faris Ramli skied his effort wide again.
Faris gave the keys to Haiqal Pashia with a neat pass but the latter’s effort took a deflection for a corner.
The Singaporeans marginally missed the target as Faris saw his shot brush against the post.
Brunei already have a history of being left shorthanded in this year’s meet and they went a man down again after Hanif Azman was dismissed for a second offence.
It took the 67th minute for Singapore to add to their account as Ikhsan placed a shot past the Brunei goalkeeper Ishyra Asmin bin Jabidi with precision.
Singapore’s Saifullah Akbar joined in the act with an expert finish in the 72nd minute before Faris netted a quick-fire double in a space of five minutes.
The Young Lions, who were in a similar position with Brunei prior to their final group game, rained goals as Ikhsan was on the double after completing a string of passes.
Ikhsan completed his hat-trick with a cool finish in the dying seconds of the game to compound the misery of the Brunei team.

24 November 2019

NFABD holds Doa Selamat for SEA Games-bound Brunei team

Fadhil Yunus
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) held a Doa Selamat for the Brunei Darussalam under-22 team who will be competing in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines later this month.
President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan was present at the religious event at NFABD House.
The event began with mass Maghrib prayer followed by Sunnat Hajat prayer, Surah Yaasiin, Tahlil, Dikir and Doa Selamat. The religious event continued with mass Isyak prayer.
The reading of Surah Yaasiin was led by Muinuddin bin Mohammad Zain.
The Brunei team will be leaving for Manila to take part in the men’s football event where they have been drawn in a tough group alongside defending champions Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Laos.
The Young Wasps have got a boost with the arrival of Faiq Jefri Bolkiah from Leicester City recently. DPMM FC star Adi Said will link up with the squad as one of two permissible overaged players. Nur Ikhmal Damit is the other overaged player.
DPMM FC rising star Hakeme Yazid Said has been called up to the squad as well as Hanif Aiman Adanan and Hafiz Suhardi.
Brunei will begin their campaign against Vietnam in Imus on November 25.

10 November 2019

Malaysia trounce Brunei 11-0 in AFC Under-19 qualifiers

by Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s under-19 team were on the receiving end of a drubbing for a second consecutive match when they were mauled 11-0 by Malaysia in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19 Championship Qualifiers 2020 at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Wednesday night.
The Young Wasps were heavily beaten 9-0 by Thailand in their second Group ‘G’ tie, having opened their campaign with a 4-3 win against Northern Mariana Islands.
The result equalled their biggest defeat in the qualifying competition at the age group when they succumbed to an identical 11-0 loss to Asian powerhouse South Korea at the Paju Public Stadium in 2017.
Malaysia rising star Luqman Hakim bin Shamsudin, who will ink a five-year deal with Belgian side K V Kortrijk when he turns 18 next March, completed a hat-trick in a space of three minutes before adding a fourth four minutes before the break.
With a Bruneian opponent unable to close him down in time, Malaysia’s under-19 defender Muhammad Azrin Afiq bin Rusmini belted a screamer from distance to open the floodgates in the 17th minute.
The Young Tigers, who are Thailand’s closest rivals, were awarded a penalty after Brunei’s Mohd Hadif Aiman bin Haji Adanan appeared to have tripped forward Muhammad Muslihuddin Atiq bin Mat Zaid.
Brunei’s goalkeeper Abdul Taufik bin Talip guessed the right way but there was no chance to keep out Luqman Hakim bin Shamsudin who struck his penalty with venom.
Luqman Hakim did not take long to grab the second as he rifled home from the edge of the box. The hat-trick happened in a flash as he steered the ball into the empty net after the Brunei goalkeeper left his lines.
Brunei’s Abdul Taufik could only parry away an initial shot from Muhammad Shafi Azswad bin Sapari into the path of Muhammad Azam bin Azmi Murad who had the simplest of tasks of guiding the ball home from close range.
Brunei had their best chance of the game to pull one back when Md Aisan Aizuddin bin Abdullah Md Aiman sliced his effort wide after collecting the ball from a teammate’s flicked header.
Malaysia substitute Mohd Aiman Afif bin Md Afizul added his name in the score-sheet after finding the bottom corner following good work from Muhammad Umar Hakeem bin Suhar Redzuan.
The young Brunei side conceded a seventh in the first half when Luqman Hakim freed himself from the defence and drilled a fine finish past the hapless Abdul Taufik.
Malaysia were awarded a second penalty of the match after Brunei defender Mohammad Nazry Aiman bin Azaman was adjudged to have brought down the excellent Luqman Hakim.
Penalty duties fell to Harith Haiqal bin Adam Afkar who made no mistake from the spot.
To add salt to Brunei’s wounds, Muhammad Azam bagged a brace in the hour mark as he easily slotted the ball home into the gaping goalmouth with no Brunei defender in sight.
Joining the act, Malaysia’s substitute Muhammad Hazim bin Abu Zaid skipped past his marker but his shot hit the goalkeeper’s leg and out for a corner.
Aiman Afif connected from a teammate’s cross for his second of the game as his country hit double digits before the Kedah star wrapped up the goal frenzy with a hat-trick in injury time.
The Young Wasps will be hoping to sign out on a high when they conclude their campaign against hosts Cambodia this Sunday.

20 October 2019

DPMM chasing the double

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (19 Oct 2019) – With the Singapore Premier League 2019 title already in the bag, DPMM FC will be out to chase down the double in the Singapore Cup.
“We are really looking forward to it. We had a great two or three weeks celebrating. Everybody connected with DPMM FC should be celebrating because what everybody has done this season has been fantastic,” said Pennock.
“But now, we got to put our business and professional head on and it will be lovely to do the double because it is our aim. We already played one game which was a little bit unfortunate for us because I do believe we could have beaten Geylang.”
After two matches in Group B of the Singapore Cup, the Brunei side has drawn 1-1 with Geylang International before picking up their first full points with a 1-0 win over Hougang United earlier this evening.
The only goal of the game came off Andrey Varankov in the 80th minute at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
DPMM currently lead the standings with four points and where they will complete their Group B fixtures with a match against Albirex Niigata on 12 October 2019 at the Jurong East Stadium.
“The boys worked hard obviously with their fitness levels so we just got to copy exactly the same what we have been doing all season,” he added.
“If we win the cup, it will be the icing on the cake.”

15 September 2019

Brunei DPMM win 2019 AIA Singapore Premier League

SINGAPORE, 15 SEPTEMBER 2019 – Brunei DPMM FC clinched the 2019 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) title on Sunday evening with two games to spare.
Adrian Pennock’s men sealed their second SPL crown after second-placed Hougang United’s 4-4 draw with Geylang International in their penultimate game earlier this evening. With Hougang having only one game left to play, this left DPMM with an unassailable four-point lead after 22 games.
The Bruneian side had picked up an important victory yesterday night at home, where Andrei Varankou’s hat-trick saw them defeat Warriors FC 3-0. The league’s leading scorer, Varankou’s 19 goals has accounted for over a third of DPMM’s 46-goal tally.
The triumph comes four years after DPMM’s first title win in 2015 and in Pennock’s debut season in charge of the club.
They will be presented with the trophy after the conclusion of their final game of the season against Hougang at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 29 September.
The Football Association of Singapore congratulates DPMM on their title-winning achievement!

12 September 2019

Brunei face uphill battle in AFC under-16 qualifiers

by James Kon
Brunei Darussalam under-16 football squad face an uphill battle as they have been drawn into Group G along with hosts Indonesia, People’s Republic of China, the Philippines and Northern Mariana Island for the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Qualifiers in Jakarta, Indonesia held from tomorrow until September 23.
Despite the tough outings ahead, the team is vying to perform well and win as many matches as possible.
“I hope that the team can perform well and collect some points in the group,” head coach Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat bin Haji Omar said.
The national squad comprising 25 players and staff is led by Team Manager Ah Chua bin Bangau.
Asked on their preparations, the head coach said, “We did a good centralised training session at the National Service Programme (PKBN) Training Camp in Temburong recently. From the centralised training, the team has built their chemistry further and we are ready for the AFC qualifiers.
“The team has been together for two years and some of the players are from clubs in the youth league. There are some new faces in the squad and majority of the players are from Tabuan Muda and DPMM FC,” he added.
Their participation in the qualifiers will serve as a development plan for the youth squad.
“The players need to be nurtured further into better players by competing in more international games. This age group has competed two times in international competition. Previously, they went to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Youth Championship at the Chonburi Campus Stadium in Chonburi, Thailand and also joined the training camp in Jakarta in March,” he said.
“In the AFF Under-15 Youth Championship, we got one point out of five games. We managed to draw against Cambodia. I saw some improvements in the team as we progressed forward in the (previous) under-15 youth championship, so I also hope that there will be more improvement this time.”
Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat also shared that the most important thing is for the players to be brave when facing opponents on the field and to be themselves.
Present to send off the team yesterday was the Acting Deputy President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Ibrahim, Executive Committee members of NFABD Bujang and Matusin bin Sumpong, as well as other officials.
NFABD President reminded the players on the importance of playing as a team and interaction with one another on the pitch.
The under-16 squad will play their first match against People’s Republic of China tomorrow at the Madya Stadium.

DPMM FC return to top of Singapore league after Albirex win

Fadhil Yunus
DPMM FC’s pair of substitutes Razimie Ramlli and Adi Said made an instant impact to help their side return to the top of the AIA Singapore Premier League after a 2-0 victory against Albirex Niigata (S) at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik attended to watch the match.
The win ensured they swapped places with title rivals Hougang United and carry a two-point lead over them with a game-in-hand in their favour.
The victory, which enhanced the Gegar Gegar’s men title prospects, also marked DPMM FC’s first victory over the Japanese satellite side for the first time in three years.
It also confirmed a new league champion since 2016 as title holders Albirex Niigata (S)’s defeat meant that they could not catch the newly-installed league leaders.
The visitors played a smart corner with a low pass and the recipient Yosuke Nakagawa saw his shot well handled by DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof.
DPMM FC midfielder Azwan Ali Rahman showed vision to trouble the Albirex defence with a clever ball up top and Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman took a volley first time, which necessitated visiting goalkeeper Kengo Fukudome to stick a hand out to make the save.
The reigning holders threatened as Albirex captain Kyoga Nakamura pulled a decent shot from a long range, which was tipped away by Wardun for a corner.
Albirex defender Shoki Ohara found space and unleashed a shot from distance but his shot was deflected off a DPMM FC player away for a corner.
As Nakagawa brought the danger into the DPMM FC box with a cross, midfielder Hiroyoshi Kamata sized up for a shot but contrived to see the ball fly wide.
DPMM FC fullback Awangku Fakharrazi drove forward and escaped his marker Zamani Zamri with ease before swinging a low driven cross into the area.
The advancing Abdul Azizi stretched his legs out to get contact with the ball but unfortunately his shot brushed against the post.
The Brunei-based outfit averted danger as Wardun’s outstretched arms denied a curled effort from Kaishu Yamazaki.
Fakharrazi was a thorn for Albirex after he found a way to the box having brilliantly skipped past the Albirex defence, but inadvertently scuffed his shot wide in the critical moment.
The Gegar Gegar men enjoyed a promising move at the start of the second half as Blake Ricciuto sent the ball wide to Andrei Varankou, whose low cross was deprived off a telling touch from Abdul Azizi.
The hosts came close to break the deadlock as Azwan Ali was put through by Ricciuto but Fukudome emerged from a one-on-one situation with the local DPMM FC star unscathed.
The Gegar Gegar men took the lead in the 67th minute after a goalkeeping blunder led substitute Razimie Ramlli with an invitation to an open goal. Having kept his side in the game, it proved a cruel turn as Fukudome was culpable of a costly error after his attempted clearance went horribly wrong and was punished by Razimie, who steered the ball home into the empty net.
The visitors broke after DPMM FC midfielder Nurikhwan Othman could not deal with a long ball from Albirex but Daizo Horikoshi’s effort was thwarted by the excellent Wardun.
The Gegar Gegar men looked certain to move into the top of the league after Adi Said doubled his team’s lead with a stunning free-kick from distance in the 77th minute.
With Albirex looking for a lifeline, Nakagawa saw a wayward attempt hit Maiko Hatanaka who guided the ball across goal but Wardun was equal to the task.

28 August 2019

Brunei Darussalam under-18s team return from AFF meet

Fadhil Yunus
Brunei Darussalam’s under-18 Assistant Coach Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun bin Abdullah highlighted the team’s lack of exposure playing international matches following their stint in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-18 Youth Championship in Vietnam.
The young Wasps ended the group stage, which included Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Timor Leste and the Philippines, with five losses.
Brunei Darussalam’s Aisan Aizuddin bin Abdullah Aiman scored three goals during the AFF meet, which helped put him in the top 10 of goalscorers as of the final Group ‘B’ matches.
“In the first half, we were fine for the first 20 minutes. We managed to keep the ball but unfortunately our players could not cope with the high intensity and it was a very physical game by the Philippines team,” said Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun in an interview with the Bulletinon arrival from Ho Chi Minh City at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.
The team were greeted upon arrival at the airport by senior officials from the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD).
Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun added, “We also lacked international exposure. Out of four games, we played well in two games but for the other two we were quite far in terms of quality and experience.”
The under-18 team’s next international assignment will be the Asian Football Confederation Under-19 qualifiers 2020 in early November. They have been grouped alongside Northern Mariana Islands, Thailand, Malaysia and designated hosts Cambodia.
Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun highlighted that it is a tough group, adding that Thailand and Malaysia are considered strong teams.
The national under-18 players will return to their club commitments in the NFABD Under-19 Youth League following international duty.
Brunei were beaten 7-2 by Timor Leste in their opening match with all of their opponents’ goals in the first half originating from counterattacks.
“During the first half, we played very well but in terms of tactics, we were too anxious. We know that our quality and that of Timor Leste weren’t that far,” shared Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun.
“However, our players, due to inexperience, were very anxious to attack and we decided to open up and play attacking football. As a result, they scored by counter-attacking.
“During the second half, we managed to get our spirit back, reorganised our defence and we managed to come back 3-2.”
The young Wasps were pushing for a point at that stage, but Timor Leste ensured victory with four goals in as many minutes.
Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun hoped the young players can learn from the experience when they play in more international tournaments.
He said, “They have to be strong mentally. International football is different from local football.”

11 June 2019

2nd Leg: Brunei Darussalam 2-1 Mongolia

Bandar Seri Begawan: There was no joy for Brunei Darussalam despite beating Mongolia 2-1, with the Southeast Asians being edged 3-2 on aggregate in their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification tie on Tuesday.

Mongolia made history as they progressed to the next round of the Asian Qualifiers for the first time and it is a a well deserved achievement.

Brunei Darussalam, chasing a 2-0 deficit from Thursday's first leg, took the game to Mongolia at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium from the first blow of the referee's whistle.

Their early aggression brought almost immediate reward as Razimie Ramli gave them the lead in the fourth minute.

Razimie, easily Brunei Darussalam's best player on the night, continue to torment Mongolia and drew the Southeast Asians level on aggregate with a sublime effort just before the break.

The goal brought the fans to their feet and as both teams headed into the dressing rooms, Brunei Darussalam looked the likelier of the two sides to finish the job in the second 45 minutes.

Disaster, however, struck the home team just two minutes into the restart as they conceded a penalty.

Mongolian captain Norjmoo Tsedenbal, who struck the first goal of the Asian Qualifiers in the 2-0 first leg win, stepped up and easily converted as the visitors had a crucial away goal.

Having taken the lead on aggregate, Mongolia defended stoutly and as the final whistle was blown, there was heartbreak for Brunei Darussalam.

09 June 2019

Free entry for Brunei-Mongolia match on June 11

by Fadhil Yunus

FOOTBALL fans in Brunei Darussalam are welcome to support and watch the second leg of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar and AFC Asia Cup 2023 Joint Qualification Round 1 match between Brunei Darussalam and Mongolia at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on June 11.
Free tickets will be available during match day on June 11 at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium Sport’s Association Room No 1 at the VIP parking area and the ticketing booth near the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex from 9am until 9.15pm.
In Tutong District, tickets are available at the Tutong Sports Complex; residents in Belait District can grab them at Mumong Sports Complex; while residents in Temburong District can get them at Temburong Sports Complex.
Entry to the stadium will open at 6.15pm for fans to avoid long queues. Spectators are urged to follow the instructions given by the ticket ushers on duty, and are not allowed to bring prohibited items, any types of weapons, fireworks/firecrackers as well as wind instruments. Smoking and vaping around the area of the stadium are also prohibited.

Servais optimistic for Mongolia second leg

by Fadhil Yunus 

BRUNEI Darussalam’s head coach Robbie Servais remains optimistic about getting back into contention despite a 2-0 defeat against Mongolia in the first leg of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 at the MFF Football Centre in Ulaanbaatar recently.
Goals from newly appointed captain Norjmoo Tsedenbal and Naranbold Nyam-Osor in either side of the half meant that the Wasps have it all to do in the second leg at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on June 11.
But despite the loss, the head coach still hangs on to the belief that they could overturn the deficit. “There is still a chance for us. I’m still optimistic,” said the Dutchman.
The national head coach also admitted his charges struggled with the physicality of the Mongolian team.
“It was clear we struggled with the physical football of Mongolia. My players are not used to that kind of physicality.”
He continued, “So it was more than expected with the long balls and then we were physically not able to cope with that.”
he national head coach has no arguments that Mongolia were worthy winners in the halfway stage, who will now carry a two-goal advantage in Brunei.
“I think it is a deserved win for Mongolia,” said Servais.
“After this game, we also know their weaknesses better so it is still not finished. We have a home game under difficult circumstances for Mongolia.”
The former Singapore under-19 head coach also highlighted that the playing surface also made it difficult for his charges to play their usual game.
“We also struggled with the field (astro turf) with a lot of rubber so we could not play the game we would have liked to play.
“We need to play the ball and keep possession and on this pitch it is a little bit difficult for us,” he added.
Although the apparent difficulties surrounding the players, the head coach took notice of their unrelenting spirits.
“I can only be happy with the spirit of my players. They did well although they struggled under difficult circumstances.”
The Wasps will play under familiar conditions having competed in weather where temperatures dropped drastically during their time in East Asia.
He added, “We have a home game and the weather is better and suitable for us. The pitch is more suitable for us so we will give Mongolia a hard fight.”

07 June 2019

Asian Qualifiers: Mongolia 2-0 Brunei Darussalam

Ulaanbaatar: Goals by Tsedenbal Norjmoo and Naranbold Nyam-Osor secured Mongolia a 2-0 win over Brunei Darussalam in the first leg of their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification tie on Thursday.

Coached by Dutchman Robbie Servais, Brunei sorely missed their key players as Mongolia dominated proceedings from the word go with a brilliant display of attacking football

Mongolia took Brunei by surprise with their pacy start, which resulted in the home side forcing as error which gave them a free-kick in the ninth minute which Tsedenbal curled into the net.

Mongolian goalkeeper Saikhanchuluun Amarbayasgalan did find himself challenged on a number of occasions in the first half but kept his calm on every occasion to ensure his team didn’t give away their advantage.

Mongolia came close to doubling their lead in the 30th minute but Ganhuyag Ser-Od-Yan was dispossessed near the post.

In the 39th minute, Naranbold slipped passed his marker but a weak left-footed shot failed to trouble Brunei’s custodian.

Enkhbileg Purevodrj had another chance a couple of minutes later when he took a diagonal shot from the edge of the box but ended up skying it.

Mongolia were just as relentless in the second half and Naranbold Nyam-Osor capitalised on a slip-up by the Brunei defence in the 68th minute when he tapped it in as four defenders looked on.

Having doubled their lead with the home fans cheering them on, Mongolia ensured they took a healthy lead into the second leg on Tuesday in Bandar Seri Begawan.

04 June 2019

Brunei national team set to miss nine key players

by Fadhil Yunus

BRUNEI Darussalam’s national football team will be without the services of nine key players from DPMM FC in the first leg of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 against Mongolia at the MFF Football Centre in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on June 6.
The nine players who are not part of the 23-member squad for the World Cup qualifier are Abdul Mu’iz Sisa, Fakharazzi Hassan, Azwan Salleh, Azwan Ali Rahman, Hendra Idris, Azizi Ali Rahman, Najib Tarif, Shafie Effendy and Nurikhwan Othman.
Brunei Darussalam national head coach Robbie Servais originally planned to build the squad around the nine players but their absence has provided a huge impact to his plans.
“It (the players not in the squad) has a big impact on my plans. The plan is to build around the nine players. There is nothing I can do, I forget about it, look what I have and work with the players that I have,” said Servais in an interview with the media.
Training in Xianghe, where the national team is based at in China, has gone smoothly and well where they trained twice a day with a very high intensity in training. Servais heaped praise on the excellent facilities in which it can lift the spirit of the players.
The Dutchman, who was appointed last month, shared that the team played very well during their friendly match against Beijing Sport University and although their opponents were stronger, they fashioned better opportunities.
“We have a very good game against a second division Chinese team, a team that is stronger but we follow the plans. We managed to keep a clean sheet and created better chances than the opponent,” the former Singapore under-19 head coach said.
Servais has tagged Mongolia as the favourite as they are the hosts and could have a full squad to choose from, with their coach ever present with the team for a couple of years.
He added, “I see some footage of them, they look a little bit stronger than us but we have a plan and if we stick to the plan, we also have a chance against Mongolia.”
The Wasps will play the second leg at home at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on June 11.