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Takraw squad ready to kick into gear
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The national sepak takraw team will be looking to add to their tally at the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games with the start of the doubles team event today in Naypyidaw.

They are set to face Singapore in Group A today before taking on Cambodia and Vietnam tomorrow at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium B.

Group B is made up of Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos and hosts Myanmar.

Team manager Hj Zaman Hj Zamat had previously said that the aim was to make it into the semi-finals and to, at the very least, win another bronze medal.

The trio of Md Shukri Jaineh, Ismail Ang and Marzuki Munap are the returning players for the Sultanate from the previous edition in Indonesia two years ago.

They are joined by Humaidi Brahim, Abd Hadi Ariffin Matazi and Mohd Hafizzuddin Jamaludin.

A podium finish would be a good parting gift for national sepak takraw coach Ittiphol Chomchaissak, who is set leave to his position at the end of the biennial Games after 12 years at the helm in Brunei.

The sepak takraw team are also set to compete in the doubles event beginning on Friday.

They have been drawn alongside Indonesia, Vietnam and Laos in Group A while Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippine and Cambodia form Group B.

The team had spent two weeks of November in Thailand for intensive training with the best in preparation for the biennial Games.

They started off at the Suphan Buri province to spar with the Sports School team for a week before using the second week to train with the Thai national team.

The team had delivered the first bronze in the hoops event last Monday after finishing third with 430 points.

They were already guaranteed the bronze event prior to kickoff as there were only four teams for the competition.

The squad also bagged bronze in the same discipline at the 28th King's Cup Sepak Takraw Championship 2013 in Thailand in September.

Brunei competed in the regu and double events at the last SEA Games in Indonesia but failed to advance to the semi-finals after finishing third in both their groups.

Courtesy from Brunei Times