Manager admits Brunei second best against Myanmar
Saturday, August 19, 2017
BRUNEI’S manager Ah Chua Bangau admitted Brunei were second best to Myanmar during their 6-0 loss to them in their 2017 SEA Games match in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The defeat was their second in as many games after falling 2-1 to hosts Malaysia in their opener on Monday, and the result means that Brunei - who let in two stoppage time goals against Myanmar - have no chance at qualifying for the semi-finals.
Present to watch the match at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam were NFABD President HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul ‘Aleem.
“Our goalkeeper (Haimie Anak Nyaring) made important saves throughout the game and our centre-back Suhaimi (Suhaimi Anak Sulau) made a few crucial defensive clearances which helped reduce the scoreline, but some mistakes meant we were out of position when Myanmar attacked us,” explained Ah Chun.
“Our midfield did not pressure the men that coach (Kwon Oh-son) assigned them to and we let key players free.
“Our defenders made several simple passing mistakes in the midfield area which let to Myanmar regaining the ball, and this led to many fast counter-attacks which we were not in position to defend.
“Many players lost their concentration, and due to our stamina decreasing as the game went on, we conceded three goals in the last 15 minutes.
“Coach Kwon advised the players to keep focused over the last 20 minutes due to Myanmar’s constant attacks, but they could not do that because they were mentally and physically tired,” he added.
Myanmar’s Aung Thu bagged his fourth goal of the tournament after opening the scoring against Brunei in the 24th minute, and Si Thu Aung made it 2-0 to Myanmar five minutes before the break.
Brunei kept Myanmar at bay until the 73rd minute, when Aung Kaung Mann scored Myanmar’s third goal. He made it 4-0 in the 85th minute, and stoppage time goals from Mg Mg Lwin and Than Paing added gloss to the win.
Brunei take on Laos, who lost 2-0 to Singapore in yesterday’s other game, in their next game on Monday. They then close out their Group A campaign against Singapore on Wednesday.
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