National Under-15 head coach
Liew Chuan Fue said he was
happy and praised his players
for their first and only win
in the Football Association
of Malaysia (FAM)-Frenz
Under-15 ASEAN Champions
Trophy after beating Lao
Toyota Academy 2-1 yesterday.
Picture: BT file
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-15 team saved their best for last.
They finally broke the egg and notched their first win in their final game of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)-Frenz Under-15 ASEAN Champions Trophy after beating Lao Toyota Academy 2-1 yesterday.
Naziruddin Hj Ismail scored a brace in the second half with assists by Muhd Shami Rashid and Syafiq Jefery at the National University of Lao Football Stadium in Vientiane.
NFABD U-15 head coach Liew Chuan Fue was delighted with the win and praised his players for the outcome.
"Today (Tuesday) all the players played well and as a team that resulted in us being able to find the back of the net," said Liew in an interview with The Brunei Times after the triumph.
"The boys and coaching staff are very proud of the way they played today," he added.
"Laos also played well and showed that they are a good team," continued the 1999 Malaysia Cup winning captain.
The result sees them finish their campaign with one win, one draw and eight losses in Group B.
They finish at the basement of the six-team table with four points and have long been out of contention on making the semi-finals.
Frenz Indonesia and Frenz Malaysia B are the two teams that progressed out of the group.
Myanmar Mandalay Academy and Philippines Global FC are the other teams in Group B of the inaugural tournament.
Over in Group A, Thailand Chonburi Academy have secured their spot. Frenz Malaysia A and Vietnam PVF Academy will battle it out for the other slot.
A win for the latter will see them top the group and a draw is enough for them to advance as they hold a two-point lead over Frenz Malaysia A.
Singapore NFA, Phnom Penh Crown Academy and Timor Leste Under-15 complete Group A.
The competition, which is the brainchild of the FAM Deputy President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Frenz United Football Academy of Pahang, Malaysia offers a grand prize US$50,000 to the champions, while, US$25,000 will go to the runners-up.
The top two of each group in the tournament will progress to the semi-finals, to be contested over two home and away legs.
The two legs of the grand finals are slated for August 24 and September 1.