HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah reminds players to think positive
Monday, August 7, 2017
HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD), told the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football team to think positive and remain focused during his visit to their training session today.
The team will be competing at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games next week and start their Group A campaign against hosts Malaysia on Monday. They face Myanmar next Friday, Laos on August 21 and end their group stage play against Singapore on August 23.
During his visit to the team’s training session at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah also advised the players to stay united and do their best at the biennial tournament.
HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah was accompanied by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul ‘Aleem, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof (L), and other officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and NFABD during his visit.
After meeting the football team’s officials and other NFABD staff, HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah was introduced to the players by a member of the national team, Aman Rahim, before giving the players a motivational talk.
“Think positive and remain focused,” he told the players,
“You have to think positive, and that you can play (against) any team. Try your best and show them what you’ve got. We want to play and show other countries we have a good team.
“Also, control your temper, because we do not want to give away penalties or free-kicks.
“Consider yourselves as brothers and don’t care about what other people say.
“Be together, and do this for your country. If you win, you will be happy, and of course, I will be very happy. But also remember also that your family and your country will be happy,” he added.
HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, who is also the President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council, also visited the lawn bowls, fencing, pencak silat and netball teams during their training sessions today as they enter the final phase of their preparation for the SEA Games.
This year’s SEA Games will run from August 19-30, although the football competition will start earlier.