| Fadhil Yunus |
KOTA Junior strengthened their grip as one of the contenders in the Brunei Futsal League after easing past fellow rivals Shah United 5-2 in a blockbuster opening round at the Indoor Stadium last night.
The rivalry stemmed from years of perfecting the art and craftsmanship of the game with two giants of the game in domestic action.
Shah United were happy to opt for the long ball game and locating a player to get the decisive touch while Kota Junior got their rivals backpedalling forward when they lost possession of the ball.
Despite the scoreline, Shah United were by no means outclassed or outplayed but they simply were taken apart from clinical finishing.
They were comfortable with the ball and if any dominated the bulk of the possession. However, in futsal, scorers do matter and Kota Junior were impressive on that end.
A four-goal second half salvo was all shots of the highest quality and none Shah United goalkeeper could do nothing about.
Kota Junior initially started as a team that play outdoor football but over the years have gained a reputation as a futsal side in major tournaments.
Kota Junior have been a regular competitor in big tournaments such as His Majesty’s Birthday Futsal Tournament and the Red Bull tournaments. They have won smaller tournaments too but were consistent performers in the large ones.
Their main focus is the development of the younger players and have since seen grown to be touted as one of the top futsal teams in the country.
Currently they have 15 or 16 players for the league but they also have players that are not performing in the Brunei Futsal League.
There are five members of the coaching staff in Kota Junior, all of whom are pivotal in guiding the club forward towards unprecedented success.
Building on from their celebrated past and ageless tradition, they also have a good combination of veteran members and the young players.