Kwon looking to make some changes
Monday, July 24, 2017
Kwon Oh-son is looking to make some changes to his team after they ended the AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers in Myanmar with a 4-1 loss to Singapore on Sunday.
The team – playing in their first international tournament - were unable to get a point from the four-team Group F qualifiers in Yangon. Despite starting with a 2-0 loss to Australia in which they encouragingly kept the Asian powerhouses at bay for most of the match, Brunei lost their second game 3-0 to hosts Myanmar and the defeat to Singapore meant they finish at the bottom of the table.
Speaking to the AFC’s website, the national coach said he will shake things up ahead of the SEA Games which will run from August 19-31 – and which the current 22-man squad will be trimmed to 20.
“I’m very disappointed with our performance and results, but we’ll rectify our weaknesses,” he said.
“We will be back with a better performance in the SEA Games. In this competition, I was testing my players (and) I will make some changes for the SEA Games,” he added.
Brunei will face hosts Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Timor Leste and Vietnam in the 29th edition of the SEA Games.
Australia qualified for the AFC Under-23 Championship in China from January 9-27 after beating Myanmar in Sunday’s other qualifier.
Both teams were equal on six points but Australia enjoyed a better goal difference heading into the match thanks to their 7-0 win over Singapore last Friday.
Singapore fell 2-0 to Myanmar in their opening game last Wednesday.
“I know our results are bad in this tournament,” Singapore coach Richard Tardy told the AFC website.
“In the first game, we met a tough Myanmar team. In the second game, Australia broke our team. But I’m satisfied with the victory over Brunei.
“We have only 20 days to prepare for the SEA Games. I know the SEA Games is a tough competition because all teams want gold. We’ll also try our best and that’s all I can say.”
The qualifiers comprised of 40 teams from across Asia divided into 10 groups, and the 10 group winners and five best second-placed teams now have a shot at winning the AFC Under-23 Championship next year.
Photos courtesy of Myanmar Football Federation