Brunei off to winning start
Sunday, October 16, 2016
FC’s Adi Said scored for Brunei in their AFF (ASEAN
Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2016 qualifier against
Timor Leste yesterday at the National Olympic Stadium in
Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Picture: BT file
national football team started the AFF (ASEAN Football
Federation) Suzuki Cup 2016 qualifiers in Cambodia with
a 2-1 win over Timor Leste yesterday.
Walter Gama gave Timor Leste an early lead before goals
by Adi Said and Mohammad Shafie Hj Mohd Effendy in a
span of six minutes saw the Wasps bag all three points
at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.
“It was a very tough game, and if you had asked me
before the match if we would win this one, I would not
have been too sure what to expect,” said interim
national coach Mike Wong Mun Heng as quoted on the AFF
“We know that we can be competitive
throughout the three games, and this afternoon we came
back later in the game to win the three points,” he
Skipper Rosmin Hj Md Kamis and Azwan
Salleh were deemed not fit to start and Faiq Jefri
Bolkiah, who got his first cap for the sultanate, took
up the role of skipper while forward Shahrazen Said was
deployed in central midfield.
Timor Leste got off
to a better start and took the lead in the 11th minute
after a misjudgment by Brunei.
A long ball from
midfield looked to be headed out of play but Timor Leste
captain Jose Carlos Da Fonseca pounced on it before
playing it across goal from the left for Gama to tap
Brunei equalised against the run of play
with Adi heading past Timor Leste goalkeeper Ramos
Saozinho Ribeiro Maxanches at the far post off a Maududi
Hilmi Kasmi cross from the right in the 22nd minute.
The momentum shifted in favour of Brunei and they
went in front six minutes later after good work by
Shahrazen to dispossess Frangcyatma Alves Ima Kefi
before launching the ball forward to Mohammad Shafie.
He then skipped past Domingos Ramos Freitas inside
the box before beating Maxanches at the near post for
The Wasps got a shot on target again
late in the opening half but Shahrazen’s shot from
outside the box went straight to the Timor Leste
Brunei were forced to make a change
just before the stroke of half time with left-back Najib
Hj Tarif picking up an injury and made way for Hj
Mohammad Yusof Hj Matyassin.
Timor Leste saw
plenty of the ball but couldn’t seem to create much in
the final third.
Brunei got an opportunity to
extend their lead just before the hour mark but
Shahrazen’s header off a 40-yard free-kick was not
enough to trouble Maxanches.
Rosmin was initially
sent on to control the midfield but was changed to play
in the right-back position after Ak Fakharazzi Pg Hj
Hassan picked up an injury in the 65th minute.
Timor Leste found the back of the net off a set-piece in
the 75th minute but it was disallowed for offside.
Brunei sat deep in their half inviting pressure and
were almost made to pay the price in stoppage time.
Timor Leste had two chances as Henrique Wilson Da
Cruz Martins struck a shot from eight yards out but
somehow blasted it over before another chance went
begging when Filipe Oliveira’s effort from close range
was denied by the woodwork.
Timor Leste coach
Fabio Maciel felt that they only had themselves to blame
for the loss.
“Today (Saturday) we didn’t lost to
Brunei but rather we lost this game to ourselves,” said
“We were not playing the way we should be
playing and this is something which we need to work on
for the next game,” he added.
Brunei will next
play hosts Cambodia on Tuesday at 7.30pm before ending
their campaign against Laos on Friday.
of the four-team competition will compete with Malaysia,
Myanmar and Vietnam in Group B of the tournament proper.
The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia make
up Group A.
Source: The Brunei Times