UBD to face LCB in final

Fadhil Yunus

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) advanced to the final of the UBD Football Championship 2021 among higher learning institutions after a 3-1 victory against Politeknik Brunei (PB) at Field ‘A’ of the UBD Sports Complex yesterday.

The tournament hosts will meet Laksamana College of Business (LCB), who beat the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), for the title at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on August 3.

Md Aiman bin Haji Md Amin opened the scoring in the half hour mark but Politeknik got back into the game after Md Amirrahimi found the net four minutes before the break.

However, UBD regained the lead through Haji Md Syakir bin Haji Basri in the 46th minute before Mohd Abi Syarillizam bin Sabtu ensured victory with a third goal in the 77th minute.

UBD, who topped Group ‘B’ in the earlier rounds, are currently unbeaten in the league having won four in five matches while Laksamana’s only defeat in the competition came against their soon-to-be final opponents. A winning goal from Md Nurwafiuddin Osman was enough to secure the points during the group stage and could now hand a much-welcomed psychological edge when the pair renew their rivalry in the final.

Laksamana will be similarly confident of their chances of not only exacting the perfect redemption but also winning the final after knocking out the religious institution on penalties.

KUPU SB and Politeknik have one final push as they battle for third place at the Field ‘A’ of the UBD Sports Complex tomorrow.

UBD players in a team photo. PHOTO: PMUBD