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Brunei suffer heavy defeat against Thailand in AFF meet

Thailand’s Nawin Rattanawongsawas bagged four goals in the 17-0 drubbing of Brunei Darussalam. – NAWIN RATTANAWONGSAWAS

BY Fadhil Yunus

BRUNEI Darussalam national futsal team suffered a heavy 17-0 defeat to reigning holders Thailand in their second Group ‘B’ match of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championship at the Yogyakarta State University in Yogyakarta last night. Thailand took an early lead through Nawin Rattanawongsawas who guided the ball from close range after being teed up by Muhammad Osamanmusa.

The Thais doubled the advantage through Warut Wangsama who blasted the ball home after receiving a back-heel pass from Osamanmusa. Rattanawongsawas beautifully chipped the ball into the net for his second of the game and his team’s third.

Brunei registered their first shot on target after Abdul Azim Zaini tested Thailand’s goalkeeper Katawut Hankampa who pushed the ball away for a corner. From the ensuing corner, a quick-thinking move led to a fierce drive by captain Maziri Maidin whose effort was pushed away by the Thai goalkeeper.

Thailand’s Apiwat Chaemcharoen got into the act with a decent effort from an acute angle after being played clean through by Jetsada Chudech. The fifth goal momentarily arrived after Chudech rifled his shot into the top corner.

Chaemcharoen turned provider as Chudech applied the finish before Rattanawongsawas completed his hat-trick after receiving an assist from Wangsama-aeo. Thailand pulled out a perfect set-piece routine out of a training ground as Wangsama belted a fine strike home.

Chudech struck a curling effort from close range before helping his team to double digits with his hat-trick. Chaivat Jamgrajang also got his name on the scoresheet after steering the ball home from close range.

Chaemcharoen grabbed his second of the game which turned out to be the final goal of the first half. Wangsama joined Rattanawongsawas and Chudech in grabbing a hat-trick as Osamanmusa was credited with his third assist of the game.

It was all too easy for Sarawut Phalaphruek who left his marker for dead before firing home a fine effort home. Suthiporn Kladcharoen was never going to miss with the easiest of finishes after a nice ball was played through from the flanks for the umpteenth time.

Rattanawongsawas scored his fourth goal of the game with a crisp finish before Suthiporn compounded Brunei’s misery with a fine finish.

With both sides eliminated from the competition, Brunei will be looking to restore pride in their final group match against Timor Leste, who were beaten 8-1 by Vietnam, today.

A win will see the Wasps avoid a bottom-place finish for the third time in four years following their efforts in 2015 and 2017.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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