THERE is no shortage of thrills in the local football scene with 23 teams still in the mix for the Brunei FA Cup.
Kuala Belait based football team Liang Lumut Recreation Club Football Team (LLRC FT) know that the road ahead won't be an easy one, having competed in the Brunei Premier Cup just a few years back.
Since its establishment in early 2007, LLRC FT have established themselves as one of the top new football teams in the country.
There have been signs over the last few years that the club are making inroads in their quest to be one of the football powers in the Sultanate.
The club started out as a non-league team in 2006 with many of their players from the Kuala Belait Municipal Board.
In 2008, LLRC FT began their football campaign in the national league in impressive fashion, finishing second behind AM Gunners FC in the Brunei Premier League II.
They recorded four wins, one loss and two draws in the league.
They carried their momentum into the post-season and battled their way through to the semi-final of Brunei Premier Cup where they lost to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces' Sports Council (MS ABDB).
The following year saw LLRC FT earn their right to fight in the top-flight Brunei Premier League I after finishing at the top of second league.
Team striker Mohd Azri Jebri was awarded the league topscorer while Mohammad Safuan Juhar was nominated as a candidate for the best young player award.
LLRC FT coach Hj Affendi Hj Julaihi who was nominated for the best coach of the 2009/2010 Brunei Premier League however made his mission clear, to keep the club in the country's most competitive league, the Brunei Super League.
LLRC FT made their return to the national stage last year after the lifting of FIFA's suspension by competing in National Football Association Brunei Darussalam's (NFABD) DST National Football League where they finished at the top of the group A.
The team had received their affiliation to the NFABD in 2011.
Undefeated throughout the season, the team were promoted to the Brunei Super League and will pit their skills against local heavyweights such as QAF FC, MS ABDB and Majra FC.
Despite their impressive resume, LLRC FT cannot rest on their laurels if they hope to lift the inaugural Brunei FA Cup.
A good start is essential this time round and they cannot afford to lose any players due to injuries.
Winger Safuan Juhar will need to replicate his form in the DST National Football League if they are to have a chance of lifting the trophy and play-maker Muhd Amirul Jafri will also be key in leading his side to glory in the tournament.
The Brunei Times
Friday, July 27, 2012
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