Aminuddin double act lifts 10-man Brunei with 2-1 win
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Ten-man Brunei Darussalam national under-15 team recovered from a goal down in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 qualifiers to win 2-1 against Hong Kong at the Fu Jen Catholic University Stadium in New Taipei City yesterday.
The national under-15 team climbed to second place from fourth in Group ‘F’ which is currently the final qualifying spot but are unlikely to win a berth as one of the second best runners-up shall they finish second due to their weak goal difference.
Brunei Darussalam national under-15 striker Aminuddin Masri grabbed a brace in the victory after Tung Willis Siu Hang had opened the scoring through a penalty in the 38th minute.
It was a double whammy for the young Wasps as defender Muhammad Aisan Aisamuddin Abdullah Muhammad Aiman was given his marching orders by the referee.
However, Masri provided the national junior side renewed hope with an equaliser in the 60th minute before netting the winner a minute from time to hand his side their second win in the competition.
Brunei Darussalam national under-15 head coach Stephen Ng dedicated their triumph to the people of Brunei especially the President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah.
"Firstly, this win is for the people of Brunei especially HRH, President of NFABD, for believing and setting up youth football development in the country," said Ng.
"Credit goes to everyone back home who supported this team of strong players and hard work of the coaching team."
"The players played their hearts out today, with strong focus and carried out our game plan with highest tactical discipline especially playing with 10v11 after the 38th-minute red card and one goal down."
The country has made some positive steps towards progress in footballing affairs especially at youth level.
"Although our team are unlikely to qualify now with minus goal difference, we shown to the Asia family that Brunei football is developing well."
"We hope to continue working hard in our development and achieve more in the future," concluded Ng.