NFABD Under-15 team manager
Jamhari Hj Lani (L), NFABD
committee members Hj Mohd
Noor Hj Hamid (2nd L), Ali
Hj Ismail (2nd R) and
Philippines Global FC
Under-15 Andres Gonzales
(R) during the press
conference at the NFABD
House along Jalan Pusat
Picture: BT/ Ak Fauzi Pg
Philippines Global FC Under-15 may have lost all their four games in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)-Frenz Under-15 ASEAN Champions Trophy but they won't have much time to dwell on it as they are hoping to get their first three-points tonight.
The Philippines' side will face the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-15 team at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, and their head coach, Andres Gonzales, expects a tough game from the host tonight.
"We always try to get the best result in every game. Tomorrow's (tonight) game will be tough. But I hope that we can win," said the head coach during the match press conference at the NFABD House along Jalan Pusat Persidangan yesterday.
Philippines Global FC Under-15 have lost all of their games in group B and currently lie at the bottom of the six-team table.
"We have yet to record any points in the tournament. We lost 3-0 to Malaysia in the first game, and followed by 4-1 defeat to Myanmar. In the third game, we lost 2-1 to Laos and in our recent game, we lost to Indonesia 3-1," continued the head coach.
"We are based in Manila and the players are coming from few provinces in the Philippines. We still have two slots for players left for this tournament, and we are still in a process of scouting," he added.
NFABD Under-15 are not faring much better.
The national team have only one point to show after playing all three of their Group B matches.
They lost their first two games and drew the other, leaving them fifth in the six-team table.
Brunei lost their last game 3-1 to Frenz Malaysia B on Saturday, and their sole point came when they blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Myanmar Mandalay Academy two weeks ago.
They lost their opener with a 4-1 scoreline to Frenz Indonesia on June 1.
"We have added a number of players in the team and with that, there will be changes in the tactics and formation. We are aiming to get three points tomorrow," said NFABD Under-15 team manager Jamhari Hj Lani.
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 semi-finals.