24 March 2022

FABD announces Brunei squad for Laos friendly

 Fadhil Yunus

The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) has announced the full list of the national football team that will be playing in an international friendly match against Laos at the New Laos National Stadium on March 27.

The official 18-member squad, dominated by 11 DPMM FC players, include two goalkeepers Wardun Yussof and Ishyra Asmin Jabidi. The defenders are Pengiran Mohammad Fakharazzi, Helmin Zambin, Wafi Aminuddin, Hanif Hamir, Afi Aminuddin, Amirul Hakeem, Nazhan Zulkiflee, Nurikhwan Othman and Hazwan Hamzah.

The midfield features a quartet of Azwan Ali Rahman, Eddy Omar, Abdul Hariz Herman and Alinur Rashimy, while Razimie Ramlli, Azizi Ali Rahman and Hakeme Yazid Said make up the attacking line.

Seven uncapped players at senior international level have been called up to the squad namely MS ABDB goalkeeper Ishyra Asmin Jabidi, Indera SC defender Amirul Hakeem, Kasuka FC trio Alinur Rashimy, Eddy Omar and Nazhan Zulkiflee, MS ABDB midfielder Abdul Hariz Herman and DPMM FC’s Hakeme Yazid Said.

Meanwhile, the team of officials, led by Manager Pengiran Haji Mohd Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin, comprise Assistant Team Manager Ah Chua Bangau, head coach Haji Mohd Rosanan Abdullah Samak, assistant head coach Muhammad Ali Mustafa, goalkeeping coach Atsushi Hanita, fitness coaches Matus Bozik and Rosmin Haji Mohd Kamis, physiotherapist Mohammad Faisal Hashim and kitman Mohd Hazim Hamzah.

The Laos team encounter, which falls during the FIFA international window, will be Haji Rosanan’s first match in charge of the national team as head coach.

The Wasps will also be back in the international scene for the first time since the World Cup qualifiers against Mongolia in June 2019.

The national team was originally scheduled to play against Timor Leste in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup qualification match last December in Singapore.

However, they withdrew from the qualifiers amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the Sultanate, resulting in an automatic entry into the main draw for Timor Leste.

Brunei’s last meeting with Laos, who are currently one place above them in the FIFA world rankings, was during the third-place playoff of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Solidarity Cup at Kuching, Malaysia in November 2016.

The national team will be looking to end their winless run against a Laotian side who had recorded all victories in their last six meetings.


18 March 2022

Brunei leaves for Laos to prepare for friendly

 Fadhil Yunus

The Brunei Darussalam’s national football team left for Vientiane, Laos yesterday ahead of an international friendly match against Laos at the New Laos National Stadium on March 27.

The friendly match is part of the senior team‘s training for the FIFA window from March 21 to April 3.

Team Manager Pengiran Haji Mohd Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin led the delegation, alongside Assistant Team Manager Ah Chua Bangau.

The coaching team also comprises Haji Mohd Rosanan Abdullah Samak and Muhammad Ali Mustafa.

The Laos friendly match will mark the senior team’s first international appearance since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile the Laotians, who begin their friendly match series against Mongolia on March 23, will be preparing ahead of the upcoming Southeast Asian Games this May.

The country’s governing body Lao Football Federation said that the majority of the team will consist players under 23 yearas with the exception of three overaged players led by Billy Ketkeophomphone.

Brunei had previously held training camps in the past FIFA windows but are only limited in the domestic scene.

The two countries last met competitively during the third place playoff the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Solidarity Cup in Kuching, Malaysia in November 2016.


05 March 2022

Brunei to face defending champions Thailand in futsal meet

 Fadhil Yunus

The Brunei Darussalam national futsal team will take on defending champions Thailand in their opening Group ‘A’ game of the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championship 2022 at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on April 2.

The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) released the official fixtures for the tournament, which will end on April 10, yesterday.

The Wasps will then meet Indonesia two days later followed by a clash against Cambodia on April 5 before concluding their group stage campaign against Malaysia the next day.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals, which is slated to be held on April 8, with the winner in the last four moving on to the title decider on April 10.

With the finalists guaranteed passage to the AFC Futsal Asian Cup in Kuwait, the third remaining spot will be determined by the winner in the third-place playoff.

Organised by the Asean Football Federation, the AFF Futsal Championship served as a qualification process for the continental showpiece, which is slated to be held in late September.

In preparing for the tournament specifically for AFF member associations, the national futsal team recently attended an engagement session and ramped up their fitness training at the new FABD’s gym.

Brunei last made an appearance in the 2018 edition when it was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The national futsal team suffered heavy losses against powerhouses Thailand and Vietnam but fought competitively in their final group game against Timor Leste when they were narrowly beaten 2-1.

Brunei’s Awangku Najib gave them the lead after three minutes but their opponents staged a comeback following an effort from Bendito Ximenes and an own goal from Khalil Saab at the Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta Sports Complex.

The national team’s imminent participation will be much-welcomed to the sporting scene affected by the COVID-19 pandemic mainly football and futsal.

The national under-23 team competed in the AFF Under-23 Championship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last month, marking the country’s first appearance overseas since the start of the pandemic.

The AFF Futsal Championship will mark the second of five main tournaments that FABD have planned to participate this year.


AFF Futsal Championship 2022