| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Darussalam will be looking to bounce back from a 4-2 defeat to Timor Leste against host nation Laos in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2014 qualification round at the National Sports Complex in Vientiane, Laos today.
The Laotians joined Timor Leste at the top of the qualification standings but behind on goal difference following a 3-2 win over Cambodia. Myanmar will begin their qualifying campaign against Timor Leste in an evening kick-off.
Laos are currently managed by former Brunei national coach David Booth who famously took charge for the Wasps for three years until 1999. Mick Jones then took over the hot seat after Booth parted ways before claiming a piece of history in Brunei’s historic Malaysia Cup win.
David Booth coached the Brunei national side during their representation in the Malaysia league in the 1990s.
The Englishman who previously served as national coach for Myanmar years after his tenure in Brunei is banking on home advantage and can collect six points with a victory which could spell a grim outlook for the national side.
Brunei Darussalam’s current head coach Steve Kean will be hoping for an immediate response ahead of what could possibly be the toughest draw against Myanmar on Thursday (Oct 16).