National Under-23 manager Hj
Feisal Hj Eusoff (2nd R)
talking to players during
yesterday's friendly against
DPMM FC at the Hassanal
Bolkiah National Stadium in
Berakas. Picture: BT/Ak
Fauzi Pg Salleh
The national Under-23 team will leave today for a friendly game against the Indonesian Under-23 national side in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Thursday.
Both Brunei and Indonesia are currently deep in preparation for the upcoming 27th edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar, with 2011 runners-up Indonesia among the favourites to go all the way this year.
"I just received a call from Indonesia tonight and we will be travelling to the country tomorrow (today) morning for the friendly match," said manager Hj Feisal Hj Eusoff in an interview with The Brunei Times last night.
"I am excited and the players are too. Indonesia will be a very good sparring partner they've got some of the region's best players.
"It is going to be a very tough game but we will give our best. We also need the support and the prayers from football fans.
"I would like to thank the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) for their help and support in making this happen," continued the manager.
Among the Indonesian's recent results include a 1-1 draw against Singapore in Solo and a 1-0 loss to the same opponents in the island state.
Indonesia also have matches against China and Hong Kong to look forward to in November.
The national team, meanwhile, lost 2-1 to DPMM FC in a friendly match at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday.
Three of DPMM FC's players have been released to play for the SEA Games team; striker Adi Said, midfielder Azwan Ali Rahman and goalkeeper Muhd Fakhrul Zulhazmi Yussof.
"I'd like to thank His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, for releasing the players to join the national team," said Hj Feisal.
"It is very good to have them in the team.
"I think they helped to change the game just now and I am sure that they will help the team to become a lot stronger," he added.
The Singapore edition of Goal.com have reported that Indonesia have included overseas-based players such as DC United's Syamsir Alam and the CS Vise trio of Manahati Lestusen, Alfin Ismail Tuasalamony and Abdurahman Lestaluhu for the match against Brunei with a total of 30 players called up for the tie.
"All of them will be reporting for centralised training on August 10 at the Yogyakarta National University," stated the report published on August 4.
Full senior internationals such as Deigo Michels, Kurnia Meiga and Oktovianus Maniani were also named in coach Rahmad Darmawan's latest list as the team increase the tempo in their SEA Games preparations.
Rahmad will call up another set of players for the third stage of his selection process, whereby 80 per cent of them will be new players who have not gone through the first and second stages of selection.