HN FT complete veteran futsal cup and league double

Fadhil Yunus

HN FT completed a double in the veteran football scene after adding the Brunei 88 FA Cup with the Veteran Futsal League 2020 title thanks to a 3-0 win over Waza FT in the final at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex last night.

The league champions enjoyed a dream start after Zulkifli Haji Mohammad slammed home in the first half after Irwan Mohammad had neatly slipped in a pass to his path.

Irwan turned from provider to scorer with the second goal before Md Sufri Tanjung wrapped up the victory with a goal from close range.

HN FT have already been crowned champions in the Brunei 88 Veteran Futsal League after accumulating 19 points at the top of the league table, five points clear from their nearest rivals.

With three teams locked with 14 points each, the Thai Team sealed the runners-up spot through a superior goal difference while Diamond FT settled for third place.

The Brunei 88 Veteran Futsal League winners HN FT in a group photo. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

In the individual awards for the Brunei 88 Veteran Futsal League, Md Noor Tanjung of the Thai Team scooped the top scorer award after a haul of nine goals while Zulfikri bin Haji Masri of HN FT was named the best goalkeeper.

Sofri Yahya of SS FT won the best player award for Category ‘A’ while Ahzaman Muhammad of the Thai Team took the best player award for Category ‘B’. The best team in the Veteran Futsal League went to MSSF FT.

Meanwhile for the Brunei 88 FA Cup, Haji Kula bin Mohammed’s four-goal haul in his team’s run to the final led him to the top scorer award. His team-mate Endy Vyzunny bin Haji Zainuddin walked away with the final’s best player award.

Jointly organised by MediaExpert and Karak Futsal, the league and cup tournaments featured eight teams – HN FT, Thai Team, Diamond FT, SS FT, Samudra RSC, Waza FT, MBS United and MSSF FT.

With the teams playing each other once in the league, the FA Cup initially featured the group stage whereby finalists Waza FT were drawn alongside Thai Team, MSSF FT and Samudra FC in Group ‘A’. In Group ‘B’, the teams comprised HN FT, SS FT, MBS United and Diamond FT.

The top two teams from each group – Waza FT and MSSF FT in Group A and HN FT and SS FT in Group B – proceeded to the knock-out stage starting with the semi-finals.

En route to the title decider, Waza FT cruised to a 3-0 victory over SS FT, who finished nine points above them in the league, while HN FT edged MSSF FT 1-0.