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Arbisyam FC record first AFF win in 13-goal thriller


Arbisyam’s Md Radhi attempts to defend as UYFC Komchaymear player dribbles the ball. – BOLALOB


BY Fadhil Yunus

BRUNEI Darussalam’s club Arbisyam FC recorded their first win in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Club Championship after edging Cambodia’s UYFC Komchaymear 7-6 at the Yogyakarta State University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia Tuesday.

The Brunei outfit enjoyed a strong start with M Radhi Radian and Abee Shahrum giving the Komchaymear defence plenty to think about with barely a minute on the clock.

Arbisyam finally got their first goal of the tournament after Radhi blasted home a spectacular strike in his third attempt.

But, Komchaymear hit back with Hong Sophanhawadd not passing up an opportunity to fire home a decent effort.

Arbisyam regained the lead after Syazwan Hassan drilled a low strike after being assisted by Syafiee.

The Cambodians pulled level after San Savontharo seized the initiative with a strong run before unleashing a powerful drive into the back of the net.

The Brunei Futsal League runners-up put their noses in front for a third time after Nazirul Haziq Adeni tapped home a fine assist from Radhi.

Komchaymear restored parity as Eung Slauth struck through a set-piece which squirmed underneath the legs of Arbisyam’s goalkeeper.

Arbisyam broke forward seconds before the end of the first half as Azizul latched onto another fine pass from Radhi who provided his second assist of the game.

The Brunei-based side pulled two goals clear after Radhi benefitted from an error by Slauth before rifling home a clean strike.

Komchaymear got right back into the game after a nice link-up play with Savontharo involved in a passage of play before Sophanhawadd steered home from close range.

The Cambodians drew level yet again as Slauth atoned his earlier miss by directing the ball home.

Radhi sealed a hat-trick after his strike took a wicked deflection off a Komchaymear’s player before Nazirul guided the ball into the empty net after the goalkeeper had committed himself giving his side a two-goal cushion.

Savontharo scored a consolation for Komchaymear in the end as Arbisyam, who never surrendered a lead at any point of the contest, ended the tournament in third place with three points.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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