30 selected for national call-up

Fadhil Yunus

Thirty players have been selected to attend the national call-up for November in line with the FIFA calendar window at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Football Field recently.

Goalkeepers Wardun bin Yussof and Haimie anak Nyaring are joined by uncapped duo Azriel bin Arman and Awangku Ashraf bin Pengiran Haledi.

The defence includes Muhamamd Wafi bin Aminuddin, Sairol Sahari, Muhammad Afi bin Aminuddin, Awangku Yura Indera Putera bin Pengiran Yunos and Abdul Aziz bin Tamit.

The fullback positions are dominated by DPMM FC players including Helmi bin Zambin, Abdul Mu’iz bin Sisa, Suhaimi anak Sulau and Muhammad Hanif Farhan bin Azman with Indera SC’s Md Khairil Shahme bin Suhaimi the only exception.

There are familiar faces in centre midfield with the inclusion of Hendra Azam bin Mohd Idris, Mohammad Nurikhwan bin Othman, Azwan bin Salleh, Muhammad Azwan Ali Rahman and Shahrazen bin Said.

Players during training. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

The other centre midfield players are Amin bin Haji Sisa, Md Nur Ikhmal bin Damit and Asri bin Haji Aspar while the wide players include Naziruddin bin Haji Ismail, Mohd Najib bin Haji Tarif and Muhammad Nur Asyraffahmi bin Norsamri.

The squad also comprise five forwards including Adi bin Said, Razimie bin Ramlli, Abdul Azizi bin Ali Rahman and uncapped duo Mohd Hanif Aiman bin Haji Adanan and Hakeme Yazid bin Said.

The team is led by interim head coach Haji Ameer Aziz-Hakim bin Haji Abdul Lani, assisted by Aminuddin bin Jumat, Haji Mohd Wardi bin Haji Masni and Atsushi Hanita.

Goalkeeping coach Awangku Omar Nur Aqammadin bin Pengiran Sallehuddin, strength coach Muhd Hadi Dinie bin Haji Abdul Rahman, medical officer Jimmy Chin Chee Ming and kit manager Muhd Zainal Abiddin bin Haji Ismail complete the backroom team.

The national call-up was held for the third time following previous sessions in September and October to assemble a team in preparation for upcoming major tournaments including the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup and FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan has expressed hopes to engage a new national coach as soon as possible with three candidates in the running for the position.

Interim head coach Haji Ameer Aziz-Hakim said, “We are preparing the players for the incoming head coach. By the end of the FIFA window, we expect the players to improve their attacking qualities but most importantly the transition from defence to attack.”

Meanwhile, strength coach Muhd Hadi Dinie stressed the importance to build endurance which is geared towards enhancing their performance in football.