| Fadhil Yunus |
SPECIAL Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) finished first runners-up in the 7th Borneo Cup Football Championship after losing to Special Olympics Berau 2-1 in the final in Tarakan, North Kalimantan. SOBD gave a good account despite the increased participation and competition in the tournament.
Three new players were drafted to the squad and without the involvement of Unified players.
Both teams were locked a goal apiece but Berau came up with the winner in the second half though SOBD had chances of their own, missing a penalty and a shot that rattled off the bar. Brunei were the first member to initiate the tournament and will host the tournament again in 2017.
Brunei ended the group stage unbeaten with two victories and a draw before trouncing Bontang 8-0 in the semi-finals to earn a final showdown with Berau.
According to Haji Mahrub bin Haji Murni, Chairman of Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam, they have achieved a goal of promoting social inclusion in addition to returning as first runners- up.
“There are more games ahead of us. We are all looking forward preparing our athletes to showcase their potential in sports and we also want them to be champions. At the same time, this is what they can contribute to their beloved country,” Haji Mahrub added.
A total of eight teams participated in the tournament including Sabah, Palangkaraya, Tarakan ‘A’ and ‘B’ and Banjarmasin.