| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Futsal League side Shah United receive a boost with the inclusions of two Indonesian players Anton Cahyo Nugroho and Denis Guna ahead of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Club Championship at the Bangkok Arena in Bangkok, Thailand next month.
The Indonesian pair will line up for the 2016 league runner-ups which will also feature Myanmar league side Pyay United, Thailand’s Thai Port and Indonesia’s Permata Indah Manokwari.
Shah United will begin their first stint in a regional competition against Pyay United on July 2 before completing their group stage against Permata Indah Manokwari on July 3 and Thai Port on July 4.
Nugroho and Guna boast considerable experience having been a mainstay for the Pro Futsal League side BJL 2000 Shiba Semarang.
Shah United will become the first representative from Brunei Darussalam to take part in the AFF tournament.
Edhi Prasetyo, Secretary-General of the Futsal Federation of Indonesia, confirmed that the Indonesian pair is eligible to compete for Shah United.
“The International Transfer Certificate (ITC) is done. They will compete with the Brunei team,” he said.
The Indonesian pair made an instant impact for their new side as they contributed six goals among them with Anton netting four and Denis scoring a brace during their 10-6 test match win against a Brunei Futsal League All-Star side last Saturday.
The new additions arrived at the Sultanate on Friday and met up with the squad for centralised team training at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex the same night.
“Denis and Anton adapted really well with the team. I hope that both players will be a mainstay in the AFF Futsal Club Championship later,” said a technical advisor of Shah United.