National Under-20 Futsal Team fall to CAT Telecom in first warm up game
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The national Under-20 futsal team's captain Mohammad Radhi Raduan (L) exchanges a souvenir with CAT Telecom's captain before the start of their warm-up match in Bangkok tonight. The team start their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Under-20 Championship against Afghanistan on May 16.
The national Under-20 futsal team fell 7-1 to Communication Authority of Thailand (CAT) Telecom in Bangkok last night in their first warm-up game ahead of next week’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Under-20 Championship.
The team will play another warm-up game against Bangkok BTS on Friday before facing Uzbekistan in their last warm-up game on Saturday.
The junior national team trailed 6-0 at the break but improved in the second half to give the hosts more of a fight.
“The players were nervous in the first half, especially since this was the first experience playing internationally for some of them,” said national futsal coach Qusmaini Noor Hj Rusli.
“Their confidence and motivation came back in the second half and we managed to end that half 1-1.
“We will have to learn from our mistakes and strengthen our defence… We also have to increase our quality of play and convert our goal scoring opportunities,” he added.
Brunei face Afghanistan in their first Group A game on May 16 before facing Iraq on May 17 and hosts Thailand on May 18.
The team meet Bahrain on May 19 before finishing group stage play against Malaysia on May 20.