Coach Izzat proud of his players
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Tabuan B head coach Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat Hj Omar in the technical area during Friday’s National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-16 Elite Youth Cup final against Tabuan A at the Balapan Track & Field.
Tabuan B head coach Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat Hj Omar (back row, 3rd L) in a group photo with the team's players and officials during Friday’s National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-16 Elite Youth Cup final against Tabuan A at the Balapan Track & Field.
TABUAN B head coach Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat Hj Omar is proud of his players despite their 3-1 loss to Tabuan A in Friday’s National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-16 Elite Youth Cup final.
Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat’s Under-14 team held their Under-15 opponents to a 1-1 stalemate after the first half of the championship decider at the Balapan Track & Field, but ultimately, Tabuan A’s experience paid off and they scored two goals in the second half to retain their title.
“At first we didn’t expect our boys could reach the final since this is an Under-16 tournament - and we are an Under-14 team,” said 25-year-old Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat, who is the youngest Asian Football Confederation B license coaching certificate holder in Brunei.
“It was a good performance from my boys because they were able to compete with an older team, and also one with international experience (Tabuan A represented Brunei at the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Championship held earlier this month in Thailand).
“I told my players that their performance (in the final) was at another level because I have never seen them play like that before with such good teamwork and team spirit.
“They tried their best until the final whistle and didn’t give up, so I am proud of them,” he added.
Tabuan B have now lost all three games against Tabuan A this year, the first a 4-0 loss in the NFABD Under-16 Youth League on March 12 and the second a 1-0 defeat in the NFABD Under-16 Elite Youth Cup on April 30.
But Md Danish Shah Behrom Shah’s goal for Tabuan B in the final, which gave them a 1-0 lead, means they have now scored against their older counterparts for the first time in three games – a definite sign of progress for the team.
And with the NFABD Under-16 Youth League’s second round set to resume on August 4th and the two teams meeting each other on August 25th, a win for Tabuan B is a realistic target.
Tabuan A lead the NFABD Under-16 Youth League standings with 27 points from nine wins in as many games while Tabuan B are fifth with 14 points from five games after a poor start to their league campaign with four losses in a row.