Ng playing down team’s chances
Friday, September 15, 2017
NATIONAL Under-15 head coach Stephen Ng does not want to raise expectations ahead of their first game of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Championship qualifiers against Macau tomorrow.
After their Group F opener at 3pm tomorrow, Brunei face hosts Chinese Taipei on Monday, North Korea on Wednesday and Hong Kong on Friday.
Despite a good showing at their last tournament, Ng is not getting overconfident.
“We are the only Southeast Asian country – and the only non-East Asian country – in our group,” said Ng after the pre-tournament press conference held earlier today.
“East Asian football is normally very strong, with North Korea probably being the favourites in our group.
“We will do our best against all the teams here and we are confident we can put up good performances in all our games,” he promised.
Ng’s boys created history in July when they won Brunei’s first-ever game at the AFF Under-15 Championship in Thailand after beating Cambodia 2-0. They returned with a record five points from five games after 0-0 draws against Timor Leste and the Philippines. They lost 2-1 to Vietnam and 3-0 to Malaysia in their other games.
In Chinese Taipei, they will be fighting for a berth in next year’s 2018 AFC Under-16 Championship in Malaysia.
The 10 group winners and five best second-placed teams from the qualifiers which are being held all over Asia will advance to the tournament along with hosts Malaysia.
The top four teams from the 2018 AFC Under-16 Championship will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup as AFC’s representatives.