Manager Calls for Improvement in Upcoming AFF Qualifiers
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Darussalam team manager Haji Md Noor bin Haji Hamid has
expressed his hopes that the national team could deliver
a good performance in the upcoming Asean Football
Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup qualifiers at Phnom Penh in
The national team will leave for
Cambodia today for the four-team qualification round in
which only the winner of the group will advance to the
tournament proper at co-hosts Myanmar.
on preparations, we have already prepared in terms of
technique training and fitness but what left is to
decide how they can demonstrate their play in the game,"
said Haji Md Noor in an interview with the media at the
NFABD Artificial Field yesterday.
tour in Negeri Sembilan last week allowed them time to
fine-tune their strategy and during the friendly matches
Haji Md Noor stated a number of players were able to
demonstrate a good performance.
In the second
half, the national team made changes to give
playing.time to the younger players where they were
still feeling nervous and where inexperienced played a
part although they still ran them close with the final
"We hope that with the training (after the
friendly matches) we can improve to face the three teams
in the AFF Suzuki Cup qualification round. Hopefully, we
can deliver a really good performance with the training
and the tactics where we will also implement a better
strategy arrangement," the team manager added.
"We also hope that the players can demonstrate their own
individual performance during the match. Hopefully the
players will not sustain any injuries in the friendly
matches which served as a warm-up."
players faced the tough and physical confrontations with
the Malaysia Under-22 players as their opponents were
also auditioning for the Southeast Asian Games on home
soil next year.
The national team held training
twice from 8am to 10am in the morning and from 4:30pm to
6pm daily except Sundays after the Eid festivities.
The national team initially held a selection stage
where 35 players vied for a spot before it was trimmed
down to 25 players including the DPMM FC players who
were called up for international duty.
Noor also hoped that the DPMM FC players who garner
considerable experience could provide guidance to the
younger players and help strengthen the squad.
The team manager is aware that the three teams have
really stepped up in the international scene but the
national team will try their best to deliver a good
After the 2014 disappointment where
the national team finished the qualifying group winless,
the DPMM FC players have shown a good level of
performance during the friendly matches and it is also
hoped that under their guidance the younger players can
quickly adapt with the situation despite pulling on the
national jersey for the first time.
the eldest player in the squad aged 35, will resume his
captaincy role for the national team while his DPMM FC's
club teammate Shahrazen Said will be vice-captain.
The team manager called for the players to put up a
highly-spirited fight and give their all whilst showing
their competitive side against the region's supposedly
Haji Md Noor also warned the
players to be cautious of the opposition which
previously used to be of equal strength as them.
"If we see the teams that are participating in the
qualifiers such as Cambodia and Laos, they were
traditionally on par with Brunei but now they have
really stepped up," he said.
He added that they
have assessed their opponents through video recordings.
Asked how they would deal with the talented
individuals from the opposition, Haji Md Noor emphasised
that they have already devised a strategy mostly centred
towards the nature of their defending.
systems which we can use depending on who we're playing
"We can adjust positions and our
formation depending on the other team's strengths."
He concluded that there is a vast difference in
playing standard when comparing national league football
with international football particularly in terms of
movement and how to make use of possession.
Meanwhile, coach Ali Mustafa echoed the team manager's
sentiments that the national team can deliver a good
performance and try their best to make improvements.
The coaching staff have looked the position of the
players during the friendly matches and Ali added that
all players proved that they can provide competition and
do their best.
"We hope that we can provide a
good result but nevertheless we will try to make
improvements from previous matches two years ago (in
Vientiane)," added Ali.
The national team will
train at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.