| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Darussalam’s hopes of playing a potential game-defining decider of qualifying for the next phase was instantly dashed after falling in yet another straight sets defeat to Malaysia (21-18, 21-10) in the sepaktakraw men’s regu event in the 17th Asian Games at Bucheon Gymnasium, Incheon yesterday.
Battered and bruised against a relentless Indian onslaught the day before, the national team showed a gutsy reaction in the first set after losing by only three points but was knocked down in the second as Malaysia ran out comfortable winners.
With their group opponents all registering two wins under their belt with the exception of Nepal, the Brunei camp will hope to at least finish strongly against Korea to restore some pride..
Brunei Darussalam did win against Nepal without the need of stepping into the court following reports of their players that have gone missing.
Malaysia’s head coach Jamaluddin Hassan had earlier said that it was crunch time that they did not come up short against Brunei and India if they were to make it to the semi-final and setting up the possibility of a tasty showdown against Thailand.