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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rosdin: We deserved to lose

Indera SC’s Muiz Sisa (L) and Tabuan Muda’s Mohd Shafie (R) in action during their DST Super League match held at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports and the Berakas Sports Complex on April 24. Indera suffered their second DST Super League loss of the season when they fell 2-0 to Lun Bawang on Sunday.BT file
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 

INDERA Sports Club (SC) manager Rosdin Hj Abdul Aziz admitted that the two-time DST Super League defending champions deserved their 2-0 loss to Lun Bawang in the final day of the DST Super League’s first round on Sunday.

Zaimi Awat gave the Temburong-based club the lead after converting from the penalty spot in the 35th minute of the first half, and Petrus Jumat netted the second goal in the 83rd minute to seal the victory for the 2014 DST Premier League champions.

The defeat was their second in the competition after losing 2-1 to league leaders Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) on Aug 21, but the manager remain positive that they can turn it around in the second round when they welcome all their key players back.

The club’s top scorer with seven goals, Hamizan Abdul Aziz, midfielder Mohd Nurikhwan Othman, centre-back Afi Aminuddin and first-choice goalkeeper Mohd Fakhrul Zulhazmi Yussof were among the players missing during the defeat against Lun Bawang at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Lun Bawang. They were very good on the day and they defended very well in the first half,” said Rosdin in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
“We made some mistakes. There was some miscommunication between the defenders and the goalkeeper that led to the penalty, and we just could not come back after that.

“We missed quite a number of players through suspension and personal reasons in the game, and these players play a very important role in the team.

“Hamizan, our striker, was suspended for having three yellow cards… Meanwhile, our midfielder Mohd Nurikhwan was working on the day.

“Our centre-back Mohd Afi was out because of injury while our first goalkeeper Mohd Fakhrul was out for personal reasons.

“I don’t want to sound as though I am making excuses, but these players are the backbone of the club over the past years and we were always going to have a tough time without them,” added the manager .

For Lun Bawang, the victory was only their second in the league and they currently sitting ninth place with seven points, ahead of bottom dwellers Kilanas FC who have yet to register any points in the league following nine defeats.

Meanwhile, Indera are five points behind two time runners-up MS ABDB who are currently at the summit with 24 points.

“We are now five points behind the league leaders MS ABDB, and the pressure now is on them to stay ahead,” said Rosdin.

“We are not going to make it easy for them as we will chase them until the end when we have all our players back in the second round,” he added.

Najip I-Team are also not far behind are in third spot with 18 points while Wijaya FC are fourth with 17 points.

Both Tabuan Muda (national Under-23 football team) and Jerudong FC are on 14 points.

IKLS FC occupy seventh position with nine points while eighth-placed Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) are a point back.

The second round starts on Friday when Wijaya FC host MS ABDB at the Berakas Sports Complex.

The game is scheduled to kick-off at 8.15pm.

The Brunei Times

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