Kwon satisfied with Brunei’s performance
Monday, August 14, 2017
NATIONAL coach Kwon Oh-son was satisfied with his team’s performance in their 2-1 loss to Malaysia in the 2017 SEA Games on Monday night.
Present to watch the match at the Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur were NFABD President HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul ‘Aleem.
Despite letting in a fourth minute goal after a well-struck volley from Malaysia’s Safawi Rasid, Brunei did well to claw back through Zulkhairy Hady Razali in the 12th minute and defended well for the rest of the half.
Malaysia’s winner came in the 60th minute when Adam Nor Azlin scored with a header off a corner kick, but the hosts were unable to unlock Brunei’s strong defence after that.
“The match was tough and the players did their best, but the result was against us,” said Kwon.
“We have got three games to go and we must take every game as a final… It’s do or die,” he added.
Brunei face Myanmar in their second Group A game on Friday, Laos on August 21 and close their group stage play against Singapore on August 23.
Myanmar started their campaign with a 2-0 win over Singapore on Monday afternoon.
Malaysia, meanwhile, next play Singapore on Thursday.
In comments reported on the 2017 SEA Games website, Malaysia’s coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee said he was not surprised with the fight that Brunei gave.
“This is only the first match and true to my prediction, Brunei are a tough nut to crack,” he said.
“I have to admit that we wasted many chances but overall, I’m happy with our performance and determination - especially in getting the second goal.
“It’s always important to win the first match and three points.”
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