A NFABD Under-15 player (L)
going up against a Frenz
Indonesia player during their
Football Association of
Malaysia (FAM)-Frenz Under-15
ASEAN Champions Trophy match
on June 1. The team take on
Myanmar Mandalay Academy at
the Hassnal Bolkiah National
Stadium in Berakas tonight.
Picture: BT/Md Asdeny Yakub
Liew Chuan Fue has warned his players not to take tonight's Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)-Frenz Under-15 ASEAN Champions Trophy Group B clash against Myanmar Mandalay Academy lightly.
Liew, the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-15 head coach, said that playing against sides from Myanmar has always been a tough assignment for the national team and he believes that tonight's game at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas will be no different.
"We've never played against Myanmar Mandalay Academy before but I am very sure they are a good team," said Liew in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
"We played against Myanmar in regional school-level tournaments before and we know their strengths.
"Our preparation has been good.
"After the game was postponed (from Saturday)... It gave us a lot of time to train more," continued the former national team skipper.
The country's side was supposed to take on Myanmar Mandalay Academy on Saturday, but the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam announced on Thursday that the match was to be postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
NFABD Under-15 kicked off their campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Frenz Indonesia on June 1.
Striker Muhd Syahmi Rasyid put the host ahead in the game, but strikes from Imanes Novanrianto, Ichtio Nimatul Akbar, Dicky Rhomadhona Firmansyah and Abdul Ali Nahumarury would give the visitors all three points.
"I think we played very well against Indonesia. The players only needed more time to gel together," said Liew.
"There will not be many changes in the line up tomorrow. We will play in a usual 4-4-2 formation (but) will be a bit more defensive.
"I have talked to the Frenz Indonesia staff and they said that Myanmar Mandalay are a very good team.
"Even though Frenz Indonesia beat them 3-1, they said they had a tough time playing against them.
"I would like to call all the football fans in the country to come and support us in tomorrow's (today) game.
"This is an international tournament, and I hope that we will be able to get the support that we need from the fans," added the 1999 Malaysian Cup winner.
Brunei was scheduled to play Lao Toyota FC from Laos at the Chaoanouvong Stadium in Vientiane in their first match on May 25, but the game had to be postponed to a later date due to unavoidable circumstances, with the new date yet to be announced by the organising committee.
Myanmar Mandalay Academy, Lao Toyota Academy and Philippines Global FC Under-15 Frenz Indonesia and NFABD Under-15 are in Group B of the tournament which is being held for the first time.
Group A is made up of Frenz Malaysia A, Singapore NFA, Vietnam PVF Academy, Phnom Penh Crown Academy, Thailand Chonburi Academy and Timor Leste Under-15.
The tournament, which is the brainchild of FAM Deputy President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Frenz United Football Academy of Pahang, Malaysia, offers a grand prize of US$50,000 for the champions and US$25,000 for the runners-up.
The top two teams from each group will progress to the two-legged semi-finals.