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Saturday, December 6, 2014

MS ABDB - football kings

  • MS ABDB’s L/Cpl Mohammad Baharin Hamidon (R) in action against Brunei-Muara's Khalil Saab (C) in the football final of the 2nd Brunei Darussalam National Games last night at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.BT/Zaim Kasmat
  • MS ABDB’s Sld Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman (L) in action against Brunei-Muara's Mohd Yusmin Hatta Hj Mohammaddin (R) in the football final of the 2nd Brunei Darussalam National Games last night.BT/Zaim Kasmat
Saturday, December 6, 2014

THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces’ Sports Council (MS ABDB) successfully defended their crown by beating Brunei-Muara 2-0 in the final of the 2nd Brunei Darussalam National Games (SKBD) football tournament last night, to once again reign supreme in the tournament.

L/Cpl Mohd Baharin Hamidon and Lt Amzar Mu’az Tamit hit one apiece to seal victory for MS ABDB at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

A cross from the left by MS ABDB’s Pvt Abd Azizi Ali Rahman found Baharin inside the penalty box, who slotted in the opening goal in the 58th minute.

Nine minutes later, MS ABDB’s Amzar added to the tally as he headed the ball past Brunei-Muara’s goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

MS ABDB’s manager Major (A) Pg Md Farisan Pg Hj Metassan lauded his team’s performance and expressed his happiness after they retained the championship title in an interview with The Brunei Times.

“The team managed to pull a very good performance tonight (last night) against a very strong and experienced opponent,” he said.

“For me, it is much more difficult to defend the title compared to winning the tournament. That is why I’m relieved with our victory,” he added.

Despite the win, the manager also said that he was slightly disappointed with some of the wrong decisions from the referee.

“There were a few occasions where we were deemed offside even though we weren’t,” he said.

“It was a bit frustrating but the important thing is we won and also defended the title as a champion,” he added.

Asked about their change of tactics after the goalless first half, he explained that in the second half, they focused their attack from the centre and wing position.

“Basically, we initiated the attack from the midfield while forward players just need to hold the ball and feed the ball back to either the midfielders or the wingers” he explained.

“Hence, we can push the opponent’s defenders to the back and create goal scoring chances as we get closer to the penalty box.

“I believe we were able to execute this tactic successfully because of our teamwork, structure and fitness,” he added.

Brunei-Muara’s coach Zulkefly Duraman said that the team did their best and gave a good fight despite the defeat.

“We were a bit unfortunate because our team were hit with injuries,” he said.

“However a loss is still a loss and there is no excuse for that.

“From this final match, we will analyse any areas that we need to improve on and join as many tournaments and friendlies as possible in the future to develop the team,” he added.

Elsewhere, Royal Brunei Police Force’s Sports Council (MS PDB) clinched bronze after defeating Belait 3-1 in the battle of the losing semi-finalists at the Balapan Track & Field.

The Brunei Times

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