NFABD U-15's Haimie Anak
Nyaring (C) defending Lao
Toyota Academy captain
Soulivanh Nivone (L)
during their Football
Association of Malaysia
ASEAN Champions Trophy
last night. Picture: BT/
Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-15's search for their first win in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)-Frenz Under-15 ASEAN Champions Trophy continues after the team fell to a 2-0 loss to Lao Toyota Academy at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.
The home side has lost four of its first five games and sits on the bottom of the six-team table with one point, while Laos remained fourth in the table with eight points after two win, two draw and one Defeat.
The visitors took the lead six minutes before the half-time whistle when midfielder Laithaya Sisongkham volleyed the ball past NFABD Under-15 goalkeeper Muhd Ishyra Asmin Mohd Jabidi from a tight angle.
Lao Toyota Academy's second goal came in the 67th minute when Hatsady Keoheuangsy's through ball from the right wing found Sinthanong Phanvongsa who had the easy task of lobbing the ball past Muhd Ishra.
Muhd Syafiq Jefry came off the bench in 70th minute in the second-half and instantly injected life into the team as he curled a fantastic shot from the right but it was brilliantly saved by Lao Toyota Academy goalkeeper Saymanolinh Paseuth.
NFABD Under-15 continued to attack in the final 10 minutes of the game, but they could not find a way past Lao Toyota Academy goalkeeper Saymanolinh.
"I don't really mind the result. As long as the players keep playing at this level, it will be good for them," said assistant coach Hj Mohd Rosanan Abdullah Samak in an interview with The Brunei Times after the match.
"Laos played better than us tonight (last night). That is why we lost. It is as simple as that,"
"We need to learn and work hard. There are so many areas that we need to work on. We need to be physically and mentally ready for a tournament like this. But as we all know, the preparation for this tournament was a bit hurried,.'
In a previous report, NFABD Secretary General Mohd Nor Hj Abdullah said that the decision to join the tournament was made last minute as they were only informed of it in May.
"We only had three weeks to prepare for this tournament. Give this task to any football coach in this world, it will be an impossible task to get good results," said Hj Mohd Rosanan.
"However, we must continue playing as it is the only way for us to improve," he added.
The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals.