Friday, March 15, 2013BANDAR Seri Begawan may have been in the midst of a downpour but nothing could rain on the parade of Indera Sports Club who received their trophies and medals after being crowned champions of the inaugural DST Super League yesterday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas
Indera claimed the title after a dramatic 1-0 win over the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) on the final day of the season on Sunday.
Both teams finished the league tied on points but Indera's superior goal difference was enough to land them their first league title since their formation 30 years ago.
"I am very happy of course, this is my first national league title. I played for MS ABDB from 2004 to 2008 and I never won any league title with them. I am very grateful and I would like to thank the management and my teammates for their efforts and contribution," said Indera captain Muhammad Khayrun Salleh.
"As a captain, my job is to make sure the players are doing their jobs on the field. All of us were told what to do by our coaches in the dressing room before the game. All I needed to do was to motivate them and keep them focused throughout the game," he told The Brunei Times.
Muhammad Khayrun was a key figure for his team throughout the course of the season, chipping in three goals for the newly crowned champions.
Asked who their toughest opponent in the league were, the captain replied: "No doubt it was MS ABDB, I pulled my hamstring during the game. They made us work very hard. I am very glad that we won the game."
He was instrumental in the final, playing in an unusually deep position in the middle of the field to help his team win possession in midfield.
"My teammate (midfielder Mohd Sahrin Momin) was suspended for the final so the coach and management made a few changes for the game," said the 27-year-old.
"In the first-half MS ABDB played very well. But we slowly regained composure and controlled the second-half," he added.
Indera midfielder Azwan Ali Rahman also took home the individual award as the league's top goal scorer.
His 82nd minute goal against MS ABDB at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Sunday was his 17th of the season.
"I feel very happy to win this award (the league top goal scorer). But I am happier that we won the title," said Azwan.
"To finish the season as the top goal scorer was never in my plans. But it just happened. I would like to thank all my teammates and the coaches for helping and guiding me throughout the season."
Asked how he still managed to get more goals than anyone in the league despite playing in midfield, Azwan said: "I always try to look for empty spaces, and you also need to time your run perfectly and take the chances."
Indera brought home the DST Super League challenge trophy, championship trophy and a cash prize of $10,000.
Second placed MS ABDB walked away with their respective trophy and a cash prize of $7000.
Indera also took home the DST National Fooball League trophy after finishing top in Group C.
The National Football League came to a close in June.
Liang Lumut Recreational Club Football Team (FT) won Group A, QAF FC topped Group B while Majra FC came first in Group D.
The fair play award went to LLRC FT.
Present as the guest of honour to award the championship trophy and the cash prize was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar.
The challenge trophy was handed to Indera by DST's Acting CEO, Suhaimi Hj Awg Hussain.
National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam deputy president Pehin Datu Indera Sugara Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Mohammad Yusof Abu Bakar was also present on the occasion.
The Brunei Times