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Brunei leaves for Laos to prepare for friendly

Fadhil Yunus

The Brunei Darussalam’s national football team left for Vientiane, Laos yesterday ahead of an international friendly match against Laos at the New Laos National Stadium on March 27.

The friendly match is part of the senior team‘s training for the FIFA window from March 21 to April 3.

Team Manager Pengiran Haji Mohd Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin led the delegation, alongside Assistant Team Manager Ah Chua Bangau.

The coaching team also comprises Haji Mohd Rosanan Abdullah Samak and Muhammad Ali Mustafa.

The Laos friendly match will mark the senior team’s first international appearance since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile the Laotians, who begin their friendly match series against Mongolia on March 23, will be preparing ahead of the upcoming Southeast Asian Games this May.

The country’s governing body Lao Football Federation said that the majority of the team will consist players under 23 yearas with the exception of three overaged players led by Billy Ketkeophomphone.

Brunei had previously held training camps in the past FIFA windows but are only limited in the domestic scene.

The two countries last met competitively during the third place playoff the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Solidarity Cup in Kuching, Malaysia in November 2016.

Brunei Darussalam players prior to departure at the Brunei International Airport. PHOTO: FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
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