Brunei's dynamic duo speak up on performances


WIN or lose it was already history made.

The national under-21 football team decided to do the former by triumphing 2-0 over Indonesia in the final of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy (HBT) on Friday night at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

It was a first in the 10-year history of the tournament whereby the hosts have failed to reach the knockout stages in the first three attempts.

With odds stacked against them, Brunei made it an evenly contested first half before Md Aminuddin Zakwan Tahir broke the deadlock in the 48th minute.

The Indonesian defence failed to clear a cross from the left and the Bruneian right-winger simply tapped it home from close range.

Brunei went more on the defensive but Adi Said managed to create space for himself on a counterattack after receiving a throughball from captain Md Najib Hj Tarif.

The former Majra FC player dribbled past his defender and slotted it past Indonesian keeper Aji Saka with a goal in the 75th minute to seal the deal.

Md Aminuddin, who tallied three goals to his name in the biennial competition, was delighted with his performance throughout HBT.

"I'm very happy with the result especially because it is difficult to score in a final," said Md Aminuddin.

He felt that it was a goal against MS ABDB in their last friendly match prior to the tournament that really lifted him for the February 25 - March 9 event.

"Scoring in the friendly has really helped boost my confidence in finding the back of the net," said the 17-year-old.

"Overall the tournament was really good for me especially with the way I played. There is still a long road ahead for me though," he added.

"I'm looking forward to representing Brunei again soon maybe at the SUKMA (Malaysia games) or even the ASEAN Schools Under-18 tournament," continued the Menglait Secondary School pupil.

Adi scored a goal each in every match that he played for a tally of five enroute to winning the Best Player award.

The 22-year-old was also close in the hunt for the Golden Boot award but lost out to Myanmar Captain Kyaw Zayar Win, who found the back of the net six times.

Asked on how he felt about it, he replied: "I'm sad and happy at the same time. It would have been good if I won both."

Asked about the goal against Indonesia on why he didn't just lay it off for the Brunei captain, he replied: "I was confident. I knew I was going to score the second goal."

The Brunei Times

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