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Brunei head coach Robbie calls for collective play (2019)

Brunei Darussalam new national head coach Robbie Servais. – FADHIL YUNUS

BY Fadhil Yunus

BRUNEI Darussalam’s new national head coach Robbie Servais will not be bothered if the team are not dependent on star power as he called for a collective unit in the two-legged tie against Mongolia in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1.

Asked on his views of which player could provide the spark to be a game-changer, the national coach did not single out any individual name but highlighted the willingness to work together against their opponents.

“For me, to be honest, in a game against Mongolia, it will be about playing as a collective. If there are 11 players who are willing to defend, willing to chase and work hard, then eventually we will get a few chances,” said Robbie in an interview with the media recently.

Servais also elaborated the characteristics of his players with a hint of attacking threat in their first FIFA World Cup qualifying since 2015.

He continued, “We’ve got fast wingers, we’ve got smart strikers so I don’t mind who will eventually make the difference but first of all, when we don’t have the ball we need a very organised and very disciplined team. And that’s what I’m looking for.”

The Wasps arrived in China for a training camp last Tuesday following a transit in Seoul, where they had a training session on the same day.

The coach is also expected to hold double training sessions on a daily basis except for tomorrow when they play a friendly match against Beijing Sport University.

The national team will have two days in Mongolia before the crucial first leg tie where in that time they will have to familiarise with the climate.

“I expect to train maybe two or three times in Mongolia before we play them on June 6,” Servais said.

Servais, who was part of former Australia head coach Bert Van Marwijk backroom team in last year’s World Cup in Russia, first met the players who competed in the DST Super League, Brunei’s top division, when he took charge of training the national team.

He also watched DPMM FC’s matches especially in the Singapore Premier League to get a closer look of the numerous Brunei internationals who feature for the side.

The head coach has nine DPMM FC players in the squad including goalkeeper Ishyra Asmin Jabidi and defender Wafi Aminuddin, who received their first call-ups in the senior squad.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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