Coaches ready for NFABD Under-16 Elite Youth Cup Semis
Saturday, July 22, 2017
(L-R) Tabuan A assistant coach Muhd Edie Fakhri Ajun Abdullah, PIP head coach Hj Omar Hj Jamil, Tabuan B head coach Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat Hj Omar and Rimba Star manager Pg Hj Mohd Shamsul Rezal Pg Hj Ahmad pose with the NFABD Under-16 Elite Youth Cup at NFABD House today. The four teams will be competing in Wednesday’s semi-finals. Photo courtesy of NFABD
The coaches and managers of all four National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-16 Elite Youth Cup semi-finalists are ready for Wednesday’s semi-finals.
NFABD today organised a Match Coordination Meeting ahead of next week’s semi-finals which will see defending champions Tabuan A take on Projek Ikan Pusu (PIP) at the Balapan Track & Field and Rimba Star face Tabuan B at the Berakas Sports Complex.
Both games will kick off at 8.30pm.
During the Match Coordination Meeting at NFABD House, the representatives from the four club were given official confirmation of the time and venue of the matches, finalised the jerseys they will be wearing for the match and given a briefing from NFABD’s Referee Department.
Tabuan A, who lead the NFABD Under-16 Youth League standings, beat PIP 5-0 in the first game of that competition on March 10 but know they cannot take anything for granted heading into Wednesday’s semi-final.
“PIP are one of the top teams in both the league and cup, so we have to concentrate on coming up with a good performance and focus on what we’ve been practicing during training,” said Tabuan A assistant coach Muhd Edie Fakhri Ajun Abdullah.
Tabuan A recently represented Brunei at the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-16 Championship in Thailand, where the team – playing in their first international tournament – produced the country’s best-ever finish after returning on Thursday morning with five points from as many games.
After starting with a 0-0 draw against Timor Leste, they lost 2-0 to Vietnam and 3-0 to Malaysia before beating Cambodia 2-0 for the country’s maiden win in the competition. They ended their tournament on Tuesday with a 0-0 draw against the Philippines.
“We want to put up a fight against this team made up of national players – and a win will be a bonus,” stated PIP head coach Hj Omar Hj Jamil.
Hj Omar’s son, Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat, is the head coach of Tabuan B and said that his players will have to do better if they want to put aside memories of their 2-0 loss to Rimba Star when the two teams met in the NFABD Under-16 Youth League on March 26.
“We have to perform better, and I want to see better teamwork and focus from the players,” said Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat.
Rimba Star manager Pg Hj Mohd Shamsul Rezal Pg Hj Ahmad, meanwhile, insists his players cannot be overconfident heading into the match.
“We have not been training as usual because of the fasting month (Ramadhan) and players’ examinations, so we cannot be overconfident. We will do our best.”