K Rajagobal starts training sessions with national team

Fadhil Yunus

The Brunei Darussalam’s national football team began training this week under the guidance of newly appointed head coach K Rajagobal at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Football Field.

Rajagobal, who led the team’s first training session on Monday, is accompanied by assistant coach Aminuddin Jumat, goalkeeping coach Atsushi Hanita and fitness coach Matus Bozik.

The team will undergo training until February 17 and comprises 25 players mainly from DPMM FC and Brunei Super League clubs.

The players are: goalkeepers Wardun Yussof and Haimie anak Nyaring; defenders Wafi Aminuddin, Awangku Yura Indera Putera bin Pengiran Yunos, Helmi Zambin, Abdul Mu’iz Sisa and Muhd Hanif Farhan Azman; midfielders Mohammad Nurikhwan Othman, Azwan Salleh, Hendra Azam Mohd Idris and Mohd Najib bin Haji Tarif as well as forwards Azwan Ali Rahman, Hakeme Yazid bin Said, Razimie Ramlli and Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman.

The squad also includes Kasuka FC players Sairol Sahari, Asri bin Haji Aspar, Mohd Maududi Hilmi Kasmi, Mohd Hanif Aiman bin Haji Adanan and Md Nur Ikmal Damit; Indera SC players Mohd Khairil Shahme Suhaimi, Amin Sisa and Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman as well as Kota Ranger FC’s Afi Aminuddin and Muhammad Nur Asyraffahmi Norsamri.

Brunei Darussalam’s players take part in a drill during the training session. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

The defence lineup boasts experienced centre-back Sairol and Awangku Yura Indera Putera. They are accompanied by Wafi, Afi, as well as Helmi, Mohd Khairil Shahme, Abdul Mu’iz and Muhd Hanif as full backs.

Mohammad Nurikhwan, Amin, Azwan, Hendra Azam and Md Nur Ikmal occupy the central midfielders spots, with Mohd Najib, Muhammad Nur Asyraffahmi and Asri filling the flanks.

With Azwan Ali and Mohd Maududi playing as second striker, there is no shortage of striking options upfront with the likes of Hakeme Yazid, Razimie, Hamizan, Abdul Azizi and Mohd Hanif Aiman.

DPMM FC duo Hakeme Yazid and Muhd Hanif Farhan received their first national call-up last October under current assistant coach Aminuddin, who previously served as the head coach on an interim basis.

Atsushi was also involved in assisting the national team’s training under the previous coaching setups.

The national team’s immediate interest centres towards qualification for the group stages of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup, which has been postponed until December 2021.