| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Darussalam succumbed to a heavy 6-1 defeat against Malaysia in the 2014 AFF Futsal Championship at the Melawati Stadium, Shah Alam in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
On a day where Thailand declared their interest in emphatic fashion by shooting double figures while Myanmar and Australia also both demonstrating footballing lessons, the score-line was perhaps modest.
Thailand whipped Philippines 16-1 while Myanmar hit six goals past Laos and Australia outclassed Timor Leste 9-0.
With Australia and Indonesia to go, their objectives now must be to lessen the painful experience of the harsh reality of the incredibly competitive nature in this region.
After all, this is a tournament where the titans of Southeast Asian football including the newly registered Australia exert their powers in the ultimate goal of supremacy. This tournament can still end up with results of shocking proportions but it will be extremely difficult that the footballing order will be reversed.
But in a game of little note, the Brunei national team did make life difficult for Malaysia and only slipped two goals as the break was fast approaching. The Malaysians though eventually roared on to victory with Brunei’s consolation coming from Mohammad Sharifuddin Marji.
It gets tougher for Brunei with Australia waiting on the horizon in a fixture rarely seen in football in previous years. The two nations will meet today (Sept 21) at 2.30pm while Indonesia play Timor Leste at 5pm.