Brunei Darussalam’s under-16 team arrived home following their participation in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 14-22.
The young Wasps finished in fourth place out of five teams in Group ‘G’, where they recorded one win and three losses.
The 5-1 win against Northern Mariana Islands gave them renewed hope of staying in the competition having started their campaign with a 7-0 loss by China in the opening group match.
Their solitary win at the Madya Stadium also marked their biggest win in their history in the competition at this age group, eclipsing the 4-0 win against Macau in 2017.
However, an 8-0 defeat to designated group hosts and much-favoured Indonesia spelled elimination.
The Brunei juniors had an opportunity to emulate their third place finish in the group stage which they managed in the previous edition of the qualifying campaign in Taiwan two years ago with a victory in their final group match against the Philippines.
The young Azkals prevailed with a 3-2 victory though Brunei pulled off a great fight having built a one-goal lead in the first half.
Brunei young talent Awangku Md Idzzaham Aleshahmezan bin Pengiran Metali bagged a hat-trick in the win against Northern Mariana Islands, becoming the second Bruneian teenager since Muhamad Syahmi bin Rashid to net a hat-trick against Guam in the competition at this level.
Executive Committee Member of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Pengiran Haji Aliudin bin Pengiran Haji Tajuddin and senior officials from NFABD welcomed the Brunei under-16 team at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.
The AFC under-16 qualifiers marked the second major competition which was participated by the national team after their involvement in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-16 Youth Championship in Chonburi, Thailand earlier this year.