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Friday, January 18, 2013

Now or never for QAF, LLRC

A QAF FC player (L) chasing after the ball during a recent DST Super League match. QAF FC will play LLRC FT at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas today.Picture: BT file
Friday, January 18, 2013

QAF FC are hungry for their first win in the DST Super League.

Long known as one of the football powerhouses in the Sultanate, they will faceoff against Liang Lumut Recreational Club Football Team (LLRC FT) today at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

With only two games played in their campaign after two postponements due to weather and lighting difficulties, they currently hold on to a one draw and one loss record placing them in eighth position an unfamiliar spot.

Rahim Hj Daud, QAF FC manager, feels that today's matchup is a must-win for his charges.

"It is a game we must win. It is important because it would be a morale booster for the players. We already had two games postponed so far," said Rahim in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"The boys have been working very hard especially on finishing. We saw what happened in our game against the policemen and we were punished for that," he said.

"The players may be a bit frustrated but they are ready and are feeling confident," continued Rahim.

That loss was a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Royal Brunei Police Forces Sports Council (MS PDB) on January 4.

LLRC FT are also desperate for a win after falling to two consecutive losses.

They fell to a 5-1 loss to current league leaders Indera SC and were hammered 4-0 by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) on Monday.

They currently sit in the middle of the 10-team table with two wins and two losses to their names.

LLRC FT head coach Hj Affendi Hj Julaihi knows that they will need to be in tip-top shape for today's encounter.

"It was a very difficult last two games (against Indera SC and MS ABDB). Now we have to face QAF FC and we have to play to our best," said Hj Affendi.

"We haven't been playing with a full squad because of players who have work commitments," he added.

"We haven't seen how they play but they should be in high spirits to get a win after having two games postponed.

"It will be a 50-50 game but we will of course try our best to get all three points," he concluded.

The game kicks off at 9pm.

Four other matches will be contested for the week. MS ABDB will look to regain the top spot when they play Jerudong FC tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Indera SC will also look to keep their grasp top the table when they take on Majra FC the next day. Wijaya FC will take to the field against MS PDB on the same day.

Kilanas FC will face Najip FC on Monday to complete week five of the competition.

The Brunei Times

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