Coach Qusmaini wants good start to AFC Futsal Under-20 Championship opener
Monday, May 15, 2017
National futsal coach Qusmaini Noor Hj Rusli (standing) talking to members of the national Under-20 futsal team during a video analysis session in Bangkok last week. The team face Afghanistan in their first game of the AFC Futsal Under-20 Championship today.
NATIONAL futsal coach Qusmaini Noor Hj Rusli said that a good start will be crucial for the national Under-20 futsal team when they take on Afghanistan in their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Under-20 Championship opener in Bangkok today.
Playing five games in as many days, the team have a packed schedule. They face Iraq on Wednesday, hosts Thailand on Thursday, Bahrain on Friday and close out their group stage campaign against Malaysia on Saturday.
“The game is a big one for us. Of course, we will be hoping for a win and will do our best,” said the coach.
“We will try to settle down as quickly as possible as this is the first game for both Afghanistan and us, and whoever absorbs the early pressure will do well.
“As I have not seen Afghanistan play, we will use our usual methodology and game plan.
“We will try to use quick counter-attacks to score goals and try to prevent mistakes from happening - and us allowing Afghanistan to score early. We will be a bit careful in the first half so Afghanistan cannot score easily,” he added.
The Malaysian coach also said that their busy schedule is a cause for concern. Held for the first time, the tournament is being played at the Bangkok Arena and the Huamark Indoor Stadium.
There will be 21 teams in the tournament, consisting of one group of six teams and three groups of five teams, according to the AFC website. The group winners and runners-up from each group, eight teams in total, will qualify for the knockout stage (quarter-finals).
“Of course fitness will be taken into account, and we will do recovery sessions as early as possible by having the players take ice-baths after the games and resting as much as possible. We will try to maximise the players we use so that the players’ fitness levels can be maintained until the end of the tournament,” said Qusmaini.
“I hope for prayers and support from Bruneians and futsal fans. Give these players support because they are the future of Brunei futsal. No matter the results, we will give it our all to uphold Brunei’s name in the regional futsal arena.”