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Brunei trounce Cambodia in record win

Brunei Darussalam Under-15 player Md Addy Zaky Billah Haji Raimi (2) celebrates his goal with team-mates during his side’s 2-0 victory over Cambodia in the AFF Under-15 Youth Championship. - AFF
Brunei Darussalam Under-15 player Md Addy Zaky Billah Haji Raimi (2) celebrates his goal with team-mates during his side’s 2-0 victory over Cambodia in the AFF Under-15 Youth Championship. – AFF


BY  Fadhil Yunus

BRUNEI Darussalam produced their best-ever performance in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Youth Championship after recording a 2-0 win over Cambodia at the Chonburi Campus Stadium 1 in Chonburi, Thailand yesterday. Goals from Md Addy Zaky Billah Haji Raimi and Md Zainul Ariffin Mahdinee in a four-minute blitz ensured Brunei their first ever win at under-15 level in the AFF competition.

The young Wasps accomplished their best point tally in the U-15 group level eclipsing the feat they achieved in 2015 when they only collected a solitary point.

The current generation of Brunei juniors ended a lengthy wait of not having won a single game since joining the competition for the first time in 2002.

Brunei have now collected four points which took them to fourth place in Group ‘B’.

The Brunei under-15s have made positive steps in the competition with only a penalty miss denying them of getting full points against Timor Leste.

Brunei Darussalam under-15 national team head coach Stephen Ng was among the first to congratulate the history makers who savoured the win following the final whistle.

“Our boys started very disciplined today, working together as a group with good defensively block shaping and cutting off the Cambodia short passing game in midfield,” said Stephen.

“Our two goals were scored from a well-rehearsed attacking corner kick and free kick.

“Congrats to all the boys and coaches for their hard work in securing this precious win,” he added.

Brunei will play Philippines still in firm contention for third place if they post back-to-back victories and results go their way in the final group game.

Meanwhile, Cambodia’s loss meant that they have to overturn a four-goal swing if they were to realise their aspirations of qualifying to the semi-finals with Malaysia, who slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Vietnam, in pole position of advancing.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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