Indera SC and Yangon United players vie for the ball in the AFC Cup playoff round. PHOTO: PELITA BRUNEI
BY Fadhil Yunus
Indera SC head coach Ameer Aziz-Hakim bin Haji Abdul Lani has called their first leg tie of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup play off round against Yangon United at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium recently an eye-opener to Brunei football.
The two teams will meet again in the second leg at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon tonight with the Myanmar record league winners holding an unassailable 6-1 lead.
The Indera SC head coach, who will lead his troops to restore some pride in the wake of a heavy defeat against the Myanmar giants, has also taken full responsibility on the defeat.
Addressing the fans especially those who made it to the stadium during a post-match conference at the Lecture Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, he said, “First and foremost, I believe my boys played 100 per cent and they gave everything they had in their locker.”
He continued, “The 6-1 defeat in my opinion is an eye-opener for Brunei football as a whole. But, I must say the responsibility of the loss must go to me.
“I believe this is an area where we can definitely improve tremendously but at the same time I just want to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who came out.”
The head coach conveyed his appreciation to the supporters that made their way to the stadium to witness a momentous event in Brunei football, which saw a domestic club being represented in a continental competition.
“I appreciate the fans that turned out and again without you guys, seriously it wouldn’t be happening and we wouldn’t go far,” said Ameer who was recently appointed as head coach.
“At the end of the day, we all want to improve, upgrade and lift the standard of Brunei football.”
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin