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Saturday, January 3, 2015

MS ABDB expect tough fight from Najip FC

MS ABDB manager Major Pg Farisan Pg Metassan (R), Najip FC coach Johari Hj Bungsu (L) and the NFABD Executive Committee member Hj Mohd Noor Hj Hamid during the press conference at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) House in Berakas yesterday. Picture: BT/Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh 
Saturday, January 3, 2015

DEFENDING champions Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) are expecting a tough match against Najip FC in the DST FA Cup final at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas tomorrow.

“We always regard all teams with a great respect and Najip are no exception, especially this one is a final game, and I always tell my players to not be too over confident and stick to the plan,” said MS ABDB manager Major Pg Farisan Pg Metassan during the press conference held at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) House in Berakas yesterday.

“Najip have a lot of good young players and some of them used to play for MS ABDB too. So we are expecting a good game from them.

“Our hope, like all the other clubs including Najip, is to win the FA Cup. But as the defending champions, the mission for us is to defend the title.

“We have prepared well for the competition and we also underwent some serious and intensive training for this final but unfortunately one of our key player midfielder Ak Safri Pg Othman will be missing after two yellow card in the previous games so I think it will affect our game in the midfield.

“But on the bright side we will welcome a number of players from injuries such as strikers Saiful Bahrin and Azizi Ali Rahman for the final and it will definitely give us some boost in the attack.

“We have prepared for the final and we hope to replicate what we did in the training during the game on Sunday,” he added.

MS ABDB defeated QAF FC 3-1 in the semi-finals at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on December 23.

Meanwhile, Najip surprised everyone by taking down the DST Super League champions Indera SC 2-1 the following day.

“We defeated Indera in the semi-final and the team are in a good spirit, but I can tell you honestly that preparation hasn’t been good for us leading to this game,” said Najip’s coach Johari Hj Bungsu.

“I personally think that the date for the final is not doing us any good as most of our players are away for holiday at this time of month.

“As the underdogs, I must say MS ABDB have got advantage over us in this game, but it is also a pressure for them to win this final as they are the favourites and defending champions.

“We met MS ABDB twice in the DST Super League this season and lost both of the matches, but the final is going to be a different situation,” he continued.

“Fitness will be very important as we will be facing a team with a good fitness level and the weather will also play a very important role in deciding our strategy and the outcome of the match.

“When we played Indera in the semis, the spirit was there and we played as a team and I hope that the players can keep the momentum going for the final.

“If we look at the MS ABDB squad, they have balance in all departments and their fitness has always been their strength for many years and they also got two DPMM FC players Md Tarmizi Hj Mat Johari and defender Hj Mohd Yussof Hj Mat Yasin in the team.

“When you play against a team like MS ABDB in the final, you need to be ready for 120 minutes and if we can score goal and stay away from making mistake, we can win,” he added.

MS ABDB defeated Indera 1-0 in the final of the first DST FA Cup two years ago.

Organised by the NFABD the second edition of the tournament offers a cash prize of $5,000, trophy and medals to the winner while the runners-up will receive a cash prize of $3,000, trophy and medals.

The Brunei Times

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