Rosmin wants focus, concentration
Friday, October 14, 2016
The national football team
and National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam
(NFABD) officials pose for a group photo at the Brunei
International Airport yesterday prior to their departure
to Cambodia for the AFF (ASEAN Football Federation)
Suzuki Cup 2016 qualifiers from October 15-21. Picture:
football team captain Rosmin Hj Md Kamis has urged his
teammates to be fully focused on their AFF (ASEAN
Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2016 qualifying campaign
in Cambodia this week.
Brunei will face Timor
Leste, Cambodia and Laos in the qualifiers to be held
from October 15-21, and only the winner of the
four-country competition will progress to the tournament
proper which will be co-hosted by Myanmar and the
Philippines from November 19 to December 17.
Wasps open their tournament against Timor Leste
tomorrow, play hosts Cambodia on Tuesday and face Laos
three days later.
“I want more concentration and
focus from all the players,” said Rosmin in an interview
with The Brunei Times prior to the national team’s
departure at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.
“We cannot afford to lose focus — not even for one
second — especially in this kind of tournament.
“The other countries have prepared well for this
tournament so we need to concentrate more, otherwise we
will be punished for it,” Rosmin (pic) warned.
The DPMM FC skipper highlighted the importance of
getting their campaign off to a winning start if they
are serious about qualifying for the tournament proper.
The qualifier will advance into Group B where they
will play Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. The
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia make up
“The first game is always vital,
especially when competing in a format like this,” Rosmin
“There are four teams in the group but only
one team will progress to the next round, so we have no
choice but to win if we want to get through.
is always nice to start the campaign strong, and then we
can build from there.
“All the teams in the group
are ahead of us in terms of ranking, but I am very sure
that it will be a 50/50 game once we step onto the
“I also believe that at the end of the
day, whoever gives more will be able to win this
“As of now, on paper, Cambodia have
been tipped to win the tournament. They are playing on
home turf so they have the advantage,” he added.
Brunei assistant coach Ali Hj Mustafa is happy that the
squad has gelled well together in training.
However, defence remains a concern for the team,
especially after losing Reduan Hj Petara to injury
during the two-match friendly tour against Malaysia’s
Under-22 team last week.
Reduan has been replaced
by Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos, who will partner
Muhammad Hanif Hamir in the heart of defence.
“Reduan’s injury is a big loss for us because he is a
good defender,” said Ali.
“For this tournament,
we are emphasising more on defence and we also have
worked on our transition to attack… So I hope everyone
will be able to fulfill their role and work as a team.
“The players work well together and some have
adapted to their new role quite comfortably, especially
after the friendly matches against the Malaysian
Under-22 team — so that is a very good sign for us,” he
The national team have also been boosted
by the arrival of Faiq Jefri Bolkiah for the qualifiers,
the forward — who plies his trade with English Premier
League champions Leicester City — set to earn his first
senior cap in Cambodia after previously playing for the
national Under-23 and Under-19 sides.
in the sultanate on Saturday and joined his first
training session on Monday.
“Faiq is a talented
footballer and a very good addition to the team,” said
“He will play an important role in the team
so I hope Faiq and the rest of the squad will work well
together,” added Ali.
Present to send off the
23-player delegation led by team manager Hj Md Noor Hj
Hamid was National Football Association of Brunei
Darussalam (NFABD) acting deputy president Hj Madli
Source: The Brunei Times