Faiq reports for training
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Bolkiah is ready to embrace his role as the playmaker
for the national football team at this week’s ASEAN
Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2016 qualifiers in
The 18-year-old national footballer
arrived back in the sultanate late on Saturday from the
United Kingdom, where he plies his trade for English
Premier League champions Leicester City.
battling jetlag, he joined in for his first two training
sessions at the National Football Association of Brunei
Darussalam (NFABD) Field in Berakas yesterday.
The Wasps are coming off back-to-back losses to
Malaysia’s Under-22 team in Negri Sembilan last week,
where they were toothless in attack and failed to find
the back of the net.
They were clearly missing
the talismanic midfielder Azwan Ali Rahman, who is out
of the competition with a left ankle injury.
Faiq, who normally plays as a winger, is now set to be
the player to piece the team together.
playing in midfield behind the striker and I’ll try to
be the playmaker for my country instead of my usual
position of playing up front,” said Faiq in an interview
with The Brunei Times yesterday.
“I will get more
on the ball and see how it will work. I will have a free
role to go wherever I want and to get the team to play
together as a team,” he added.
“I’m not used to
the position but I believe in my technical abilities
that I can do that role. I think this team needs one and
I’m willing to do that. It is good to try and I’m
confident,” continued Faiq.
Faiq previously laced
up for the sultanate’s Under-19 and Under-23 national
teams and the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers will mark his
debut for the senior squad.
He is looking forward
to get his first cap for the country and believes the
team can fare well.
“The team looks better as
this is the national team and not the Under-19 or
Under-23 level. This is a big step up and other teams
are going to be more advanced than the others we had
previously played against,” said Faiq.
need to stick together and work hard. We will see how it
goes, but I’m confident we can do well.
use all the support we can get. Hopefully we will make
everyone proud,” continued Faiq.
Faiq was a
regular in Chelsea’s Under-18 squad for two years before
joining Leicester City earlier this year, where he laces
up for the Under-23 side.
His main goal is to
break into the club’s first team, and when asked on his
experience there so far, Faiq replied: “Playing in the
U-23 team is not far from the first team. I’m just
working hard and keeping my head down.
expect to jump straight into the first team. I did get a
few good sessions with them and the tempo is hard. The
step up between both teams is still massive,” he
Only the winner of the four-country
AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers to be held from Oct 15-21 will
progress to the tournament proper which will be
co-hosted by Myanmar and the Philippines.
sultanate will kick things off against Timor Leste on
Saturday before facing Cambodia three days later. They
will complete the qualifiers against Laos next Friday.
The qualifier will advance into Group B where they
will play Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Group A
comprises of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and
Source: The Brunei Times