A deflated feeling for the players after the final whistle as Brunei bowed out of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, losing to Myanmar 1-0
Myanmar No.17 sealed the deal with a 35th minute strike. Image by Infofoto.
Timor Leste grabbed the final spot of the semi-final as Brunei failed to keep at least a draw, falling down to the defending champions Myanmar 1-0. The script was simple – to at least draw against Myanmar. Instead the visitor spoiled the party of a strong 25,000 crowd at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last night.
Myanmar’s No.17 Zin Min Tun scored the only goal and eventually the match winner. It came from an effort from Myanmar’s No.9 Aung Kaung Mann whose shot was parried by Brunei’s keeper, Ishyra
Amin Jabidi, only for Zin Min Tun to slot it in with the keeper rooted from his spot in the 35th minute.
Myanmar rested one of their main strikers but that didn’t stop the visitors from creating chances after chances. They held the ball well and stretched Brunei’s defence and midfield as they easily found space by the wing area. Myanmar were simply superior in every department and they had more pace than our players.
Myanmar’s head coach Kyi Liwn was happy with the result and he felt the players did a tremendous job even with numerous chances being wasted. Scoring more goals wasn’t his objective but grinding out the points was his mission. He told his players to focus on the field and treat the cheers and voices from the stadium as if they were their fans.
As for Brunei Darussalam, it’s back to the drawing board as they are dumped out of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy and now looking ahead of other competitions. Brunei coach, Mario Riveira Campesino shared that Brunei showed that they have the talents and they will need to have more exposure, playing internationally to gain experience. He was in high praise for Myanmar for being able to hold possession and controlling the pace of the game.
To me, Brunei did show improvements from their first match against Timor Leste. If you ask me, it was the Timor Leste match that they should have won at least. However, the ball is round and anything can happen in football.
On a brighter side, I was pleased with the defensive display by Ak Yura Yunos who had numerous crucial interceptions throughout the 90 minutes. He was able to read the game and thwarted many attempts by the visitors. He was one of the busiest players on the field last night. Another person I should highlight is our own keeper, Asmin. He made the scoreline more respectable as Myanmar could have score more and closed the game away. Both players, Ak Yura and Asmin, deserved a big round of applause.
Brunei’s best chance came once again from captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah. Myanmar failed to clear the ball in defence and Faiq only had the keeper to beat but guided his shot straight to Phone Thistar Min in the 50th minute. That could have been the equalizer for Brunei to qualify for the semi-finals. But it was not meant to be.
Brunei rarely threatened in the second half, only relying on half chances which was a tall order. Kudos to Myanmar for putting up a courageous and disciplined performance. They are now favourites along with Singapore to lift the HBT. Brunei bowed out with only three points from six games while Timor Leste squeezed in with four points. Myanmar topped the group with 7 points.
In the other match, Cambodia beat favourites Singapore 1-0 but both still qualify for the semi-finals. Lao DPR is eliminated from the tournament.
Now with Brunei Darussalam out of the equation, the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium won’t be the same when the semi-final match will take place this Wednesday. Economically, it won’t be good for business especially food and merchandise vendors. A lot of revenue were made from these said vendors whenever Brunei play at the national stadium.
I’m definitely gonna miss watching Brunei playing in front of an amazing crowd. It looks like another two year wait.
Another majestic display by Ak Yura Yunos in defence. My man of the match! Image by Infofoto
Captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah showed moments of brilliance and could have scored in the 50th minute. Image by Infofoto
A confident keeper and only beaten once despite the surge of attacks from Myanmar
Standing up for the national anthem
The fans section
The fans section
A small section for Myanmar but they made an impactful presence
We will definitely miss the energetic crowd
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam with the newly weds, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah and Yang Mulia Dayang Nur Akmalia binti Retired Lieutenant Colonel Awang Iskandar at Baitun Na’aim yesterday. Image courtesy of Rahwani Zahari of Infofoto.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman with the newly weds. Image courtesy of Rahwani Zahari of Infofoto.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, yesterday graced the Wedding Ceremony of Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah, the son of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris.
Upon arrival at Baitun Na’aim in Kampung Jerudong, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were greeted by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris.
Also in attendance were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman;
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah;
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.
Also present were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Nasibah; and other members of the Royal Family.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah is married to Yang Mulia Dayang Nur Akmalia binti Retired Lieutenant Colonel Awang Iskandar.
Doa selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.
Their Majesties then received junjung ziarah from both the bride and bridegroom. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri also received the junjung ziarah from the newly-wedded couple. Also receiving the junjung ziarah were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris. New release by RTB.
Members of the royal family during the Bersanding ceremony .Image courtesy of Rahwani Zahari of Infofoto.
Members of the royal family during the Bersanding ceremony .Image courtesy of Rahwani Zahari of Infofoto.
The berbedak ceremony. Image courtesy of @wtjz
The newly weds with Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah’s family side. Taken from @akmaliaiskandar
The newly weds with Nur Akmalia’s family side. Taken from @akmaliaiskandar
The solemnization of YAM Pg Anak Hj Mohammed Saifullah and Nur Akmalia. Image taken by @wtjz
During the bersanding ceremony.
Both wearing Lady Jane design. Image from Nur Akmalia
Nur Akmalia make up by @kfbongmakeup and hair by @ckayliow
With Nur Akmalia’s sister Nina Iskandar and Carrie Chong
Sisters – Nina and Akmalia
With Akmalia’s cousins. Image courtesy of Carrie Chong.
Apparently most of the ladies were wearing the songket at all the functions as it falls under the adat-istiadat customs. Image courtesy of Carrie Chong.
Nur Akmalia’s berbedak ceremony.
Pre-wedding shot by @janechingphotography
Johari Ahmad takes the lead with 68
Following are the updates from the third day of the tournament at the RBA Golf Club where 132 golfers took part in the Baiduri Masters for a chance to don the Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy.
By the end of the first weekend of play, five players from yesterday’s leaderboard were knocked out from the top 16 with the emergence of Ali Hj Rashid, Mohd Zainul Amir Abdullah, Hj Mohd Sharifuddin Hj Md Salleh, Md Haswandi Hj Paun and Dato Paduka Hj Harith Hj Abd Karim.
Sitting at the top of the leaderboard is Johari Ahmad who played a fantastic game of golf ending the day with a gross of 68. He moved up a staggering 14 places in the leaderboard. Yesterday’s leader, Wadiwadera Hj Md Wahid maintains his gross of 69, putting him comfortably in second place with a 3-stroke gap between the next contender. In third place is Suhaimi Hj Ibrahim, who moved up 3 places with an improved game grossing 72.
Tied with a gross of 73 are Hj Hanafi Pehin Hj Ahmad, P.A. Basheer, newcomer Ali Hj Rashid, Asmawi bin Ismail and Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki who moved up 4 spots to put him in seventh place.
Zaini bin Hj Abd Rahman and newcomer Mohd Zainul Amir Abdullah, in eighth and ninth place respectively with a gross of 74. Tied with a gross of 75 are Hj Mohd Sharifuddin (new), Seruji Hj Setia, Md Haswandi Hj Paun (new), Han Lian Siew and Dato Paduka Hj Harith (new).
Rounding off the top 16 is Zulehram Yakub with a gross of 76.
Hj Hanafi Pehin Hj Ahmad is ranked 4th after the 3rd round of play with 73 stroke
Pengiran Anak Basheer is ranked 4th after the 3rd round of play with 73 stroke
The Baiduri Masters 2018 will continue this Friday, 4 May 2018.
The Baiduri Masters 2018 takes place over two weekends starting 27 April 2018 until 29 April 2018 and 4 to 6 May 2018. To make the cut, the top 16 gross players overall will get the opportunity to vie for the Green Jacket.
Besides the coveted Baiduri Masters Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy, the golfers also have the chance to score the fantastic hole-in-one prizes comprising two luxury cars and three cash prizes of B$20,000 each.
Other than the BMW 740Li at hole 14, other hole-in-one prizes on offer this year are the Mini Cooper S Countryman for Hole 5 and B$20,000 cash each for Holes 2, 12 and 16.
Additionally, there will be novelty prizes up for grabs for the nearest to the pin throughout the tournament and also longest drive as well as lucky draw prizes.
As with every year, proceeds raised during the Baiduri Masters will be donated to local charity organisations that help persons with special needs integrate into the wider society.
There are still slots available for the next weekend of play. Those who haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a BND10 discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.
The Baiduri Masters will be played on format System 36 (Stroke Play) and the challenge trophy will be decided on gross. The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett.
For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call the RBA Golf Club at 8773612.
Well done, Brunei Darussalam for last night’s important victory
A well deserved victory for the host nation
After a nervy start to the tournament, Brunei Darussalam bounced back against a tougher opponent, this time against a powerhouse Thailand with a 2-1 victory at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last night. I’m pleased to see Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos getting on the scoresheet and scoring the winner in injury time. He was a colossal in defence when Brunei lost to Timor Leste 1-0 in the opening match and he kept the backline composed throughout the game.
Even with a scoreline deadlock by half time, the host nation kept pressuring the visitors and looked more of a different force – alive and hungry.
Naziruddin Hj Ismail scored the opening goal with an assist from captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah after 60 minutes which brought the strong 25,000 crowd into a frenzy celebration. Thailand managed to equalized minutes later through their captain Paso Sittichok. However, Brunei maintained their momentum from the first half and Ak Yura snatched a winner through a corner kick late in injury time.
The question beckoned on where was this solid, impressive performance that was missing in the first game? The head coach was probably right when he previously mentioned that Brunei was over excited before the tournament kicked off.
Azim Suhaimi, Brunei’s midfielder, had a good piece of advice to the fans especially those who were quick to judge the players [in a negative manner] on social media. I recently came across the comments on @brusportnews and they were definitely uncalled for. It’s important for us to learn to give constructive feedback with a nicer tone rather than totally bashing the players which can in turn demoralized the players.
Come Monday, Brunei has another hurdle to overcome with the likes of the defending champion Myanmar in the final match of the group A in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy. This will definitely be a crowd puller even on a Monday evening and I won’t be surprised if the attendance will break the 25,000 strong crowd from last night.
Kudos once again to the Brunei team. Let’s continue the morale support and believe in our team that they can be the best team and the team to beat after last night’s performance. Images courtesy of @infodept.bn
Captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah was instrumental with an assist for Brunei’s opener
Brunei Darussalam kept piling the pressure on the two times champion, Thailand
Naziruddin Hj Ismail (No.8) scored Brunei’s first goal in the tournament
ButraHeidelberg Cement (BHC) Sdn Bhd ‘Kick-Off with Brunei Cement’ which lasted two months and the main event was held at Indoor Stadium last Sunday
Out of all the 100 participants, Mohd Khairul Anuar emerged the champion of the ButraHeidelberg Cement (BHC) Sdn Bhd ‘Kick-Off with Brunei Cement’ campaign last Sunday at the Indoor Stadium.
He won the competition’s grand prize of a trip for two to Russia including hotel accommodation and tickets to watch the World Cup match between Germany and Mexico on June 17, 2018 at the Moscow Luzhniki Stadium.
Second place went to Md Zain, who won a Microsoft Surface Pro, while Hajah Siti Nurnajiah took third place, winning a Garmin Watch Vivo Active 3.
It was a tie between Mohd Khairul Anuar and Md Zain in the “score and win” section. The score were tied with 1-1 and Md Zain had the opportunity to seal the finals by scoring one more point from three kicks. However, the scoreline remained at 1-1. The tie-breaker was then decided as Mohd Khairul successfully made 4 out of 5 attempts scoring 4 points whereas Md Zain only score 1 point. The other third finalist Hajah Siti Nurnajiah binti Haji Yahya failed to register a point in the “score and win” section.
The semi-finals was a much interesting affair as 7 contestants were vying for the top 3 spots in the finals and all they had to do is “Name the Flag” of the 20 listed countries participating in the Russia 2018. Hajah Siti Nurnajiah emerged the winner in the category, almost scoring a perfect score with 19 out of 20 marks. Both Mohd Khairul Anuar and Md Zain finished with 17 points.
The Kick Off With Brunei Cement competition was held in conjunction with the 2018 FIFA World Cup and it began early March 2018 to get the ball rolling.
Md Zain, who won a Microsoft Surface Pro, came 2nd place and received the prize from General Manager of Butra HeidelbergCement, Dennis Javier
Hajah Siti Nurnajiah who won a Garmin Watch Vivo Active 3 came in 3rd place
The quarter final game where a team with the highest tower made of straw wins
Md Zain almost scored the winning goal but his attempt wasn’t successful
Khairul Anuar consoling Md Zain after the final result
Name the Flag session was fun
Some of the vendors participating during the event
For the past few weeks, BHC organised a series of activities as part of the Kick-Off with Brunei Cement competition, with pre-event activities being held in early March 2018, the ‘Stick and Win’ activity where participants had to attach the official ‘Kick-Off with Brunei Cement 2018’ sticker on a registered motor vehicle and be spotted in several locations as announced by the company on its Instagram account @bruneicement
The second pre-event activity was the ‘Snap and Win’, where several riddles each indicating a specific location were mentioned on @BruneiCement, where to win, participants had to guess and snap a photo of the location they think corresponds to each riddle.
The third pre-event activity was the ‘Follow and Win’ activity held during BandarKu Ceria and TutongKu Ceria. Participants were required to follow @BruneiCement, and those who managed to obtain a special “stressball” with the special logo were given a ticket to participate in the main event last Sunday.
All winners (100 of them) from the pre-event activities competed in a series of games, including the ‘Scavenger Hunt’, ‘Tallest Tower’, ‘Name the Flag’ and ‘Score and Win’.
Other activities for the contestants and their family and friends at the main event included a kids’ corner and a face painting session.
Also featuring at the event were a 100 cotton candy sticks giveaway, a popcorn and coconut ice cream stall, and sale of Chicken Joy meals from Jollibee. There was also an appearance by Jollibee mascot.
Jollibee’s 16th outlet along Jalan Muara Highway, Spg 652
Jollibee (Brunei) is moving at a fast pace as it opened its 16th store at Jalan Muara Highway last weekend. Furthermore, it’s their second drive thru after having one at Sengkurong. The recent outlet is the 16th for Jollibee (Brunei).
So it’s safe to say that Jollibee hits the Bruneians’ taste and it has been an ongoing success since its inception in 1987. Recently, Jollibee has opened its first outlet in Europe (Milan) and the response has been overwhelming. It will also soon open its door in the USA. So you can say that Jollibee is a worldwide favourite.
Present during the launch was Mr. Rodel Alcantara, AVP & Market Head for Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia & Europe, Jollibee Foods Corporation and he was very pleased with the efforts of Jollibee (Brunei) in expanding their brand and also to those involved in the project of the Jollibee drive-thru. Jollibee is also a strong believer in social media in helping creating awareness for the presence of Jollibee in Brunei.
The first 100 customers with a minimum purchase of BND 10 will receive a Jollibee Huggable pillow and it was a huge success.
Congratulations once again to Jollibee (Brunei) on your 16th outlet. Looking forward to more outlets in Brunei, being the leading fast food franchise, in Brunei Darussalam. For social media updates, you can follow @jollibeebrunei
The representatives from Jollibee doing the customary honour of the Jolli-bite
The social influencers also had the privilege
Kurapak having a feast to himself
Mr. Rodel Alcantara, AVP & Market Head for Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia & Europe, Jollibee Foods Corporation in his opening remarks. He is one busy man, flying here and there.
The other colour uniform for Jollibee (Brunei)
The Jolli-Morning dance
The long queue while waiting for the official opening of the 16th outlet
The lucky ones gonna get a bucket of chicken 😉
Kurapak and Sayeed were almost legit as the first customers of the Drive-Thru but not technically.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown prince and Senior Minister, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah during the Brunei National Anthem at the opening of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2018 at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.
His Majesty the Sultan officially launching HBT 2018
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officially launched the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, HBT, for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018. The ceremony took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam as the Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, HBT, for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018. Also present to greet His Majesty’s arrival was Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as members of the Executive Committee.
Soon after arrival, His Majesty received junjung ziarah from the sponsors.
Also present were His Majesty’s sons and brothers, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah as well as members of the Royal family.
His Majesty then declared the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018 officially opened.
The opening ceremony was enlivened with firework display and Human LED performance.
His Majesty was then introduced to the team managers, coaches and team captains. Seven countries are taking part in the tournament. Group ‘A’ comprises teams from Brunei Darussalam, Timor Leste, Myanmar and Thailand; while Group ‘B’ are Lao PDR, Singapore and Cambodia. His Majesty also presented souvenirs to team managers of the participating nations.
His Majesty then received a pasambah from the HBT 2018 Organising Committee.
The Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy Football Tournament is jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam, NFABD. The tournament aims to uphold the Titah of His Majesty to involve the best teams in the ASEAN Region to compete in the ASEAN or South East Asian Football league. Press release by RTB and image courtesy of Infofoto.
His Majesty received junjung ziarah from the sponsors
His Majesty receiving a token from Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah
Members of the Royal Family and invited VIPs
The marching ceremony
The flag bearers
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, the national team captain of Brunei Darussalam
The Brunei Darussalam National team. Back – Ak Yura Yunos, Ammar Syafie Hassanuddin, Muhammad Abdul Syakir, Martin Haddy Khalilidden, Azim Izamuddin Hj Suhaimi, Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (Captain). Front row – Ishyra Asmin Babidi, Naziruddin Hj Ismail, Haziq Kasyful Azim, Amin Sisa, Hanif Aiman Adanan. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Team Timor Leste National team. Back row – Fagio Augusto Da Silva, Henrique Wilson Da Cruz, Osvaldo Lucas Baptista, Rufino Walter Gama, Gumario Augusto Fernandes, Jorge Sabas Victor (Captain). Front row – Indio Ricardo Ferreira Alves, Silverio Da Rusereicao, Jose Maria Dos Reis, Candido Monteiro, Nelson Sarmento Viegas. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Not the start we wanted as a Brunei supporter and they were some mixed feelings about the performance last night at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Our host nation took on Timor Leste in the opening match of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy and fell to a 1-0 narrow lost to the visitor on home turf.
Timor Leste benefited from a solitary goal from the penalty spot in the first half after a Timor Leste player was alleged to have brought down in the box. Jose Maria Dos Reis cooly converted the penalty and held on till the final whistle.
Brunei had great performances in their friendly matches leading to the first match against Timor Leste. However, the intensity and the cohesiveness of the team left more room for improvements. Sloppy passes and poor possession, Brunei struggled to hold the ball and hardly last after 4-5 passes whereas Timor Leste looked more controlled on and off the ball. This was apparent in the first half.
Nonetheless, there were some players that helped help to calm the team down whenever Timor Leste began to threaten in attack. Ak Yura Yunos (No.23) in defence and Naziruddin Hj Ismail (No.8) in midfield help to hold the fort for Brunei throughout the 90 minutes. Another player that brought more purpose to the game was Faiq Jefri Bolkaih (No.9), the team captain in attack. Brunei’s best chances came from Faiq whose both efforts were cleared off the line, one a well struck left footer while the other, a guided header off a corner.
The second half was a slightly better in terms of possession for Brunei though Timor Leste showed more confidence in all departments. The visitors were restricted to long shots and none of their efforts troubled Ishyra Asmin Jabidi in goal. Timor Leste was also good when countering and almost doubled their lead when substitute Muhammad Ramie Ramlli gave away a sloppy pass in midfield but Timor Leste failed to capitalize.
Fabio Augusto Da Silva (No.20), Timor Leste’s goalkeeper, had little workout in the second half as Brunei failed to muster any form of chance to trouble the keeper. A long ball strategy would have benefited the isolated Faiq upfront due to his physique and the ability to hold the ball. However, Timor Leste were so disciplined at the back and their larger body physique gave more advantage against our local players. Kudos to Timor Leste on a professional display on the pitch and deserved the narrow victory over the host nation.
Mario Riviera Campesino, head coach of Brunei Darussalam, commented that Brunei showed nervousness in the first half and this is due to the over excitement leading to the tournament and forgetting to be focused on the match. He is confident that Brunei will improve in the upcoming matches and win the remaining matches to qualify for the semi-finals.
Brunei now have a huge task in the group of death. They are up against two times defending champion Thailand and the defending champion Myanmar. Will this be difficult? Yes. But is it impossible? No. Brunei did show some promise and let’s put our trust in the players selected by the head coach in the upcoming matches. I believe we have the quality and the desire to be better than we were last night.
Myanmar will take on Thailand in a mouth watering match at Belapan Sports Complex tonight. Brunei will have two extra days before they face Thailand at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium on Friday evening.
Naziruddin Hj Ismail of Brunei Darussalam skipped a tackle during the match. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Hanif Aiman Adanan attempting to win a challenge. He gave away possession cheaply especially in the first half. I hope he can bounce back against Thailand this coming Friday.
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah holding the ball against Nelson Sarmento Viegas. He had two great chances to equalize but his efforts were cleared off the line. A promising talent for the national team. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah had a subdued second half as his team mates weren’t able to supply him the ball in the final third. Kudos to Timor Leste for their discipline in defence and as a unit. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
Ak Yura Yunos helped Brunei’s defence and also calmed the storm from Timor Leste. It would have been a different story without the presence of Ak Yura Yunos. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
The HBT supporters sang and chanted during period of the match to boost the morale of the players. Timor Leste head coach Gelasio Da Silva Carvalho even said that his players couldn’t hear his instructions from the bench due to the overwhelming chants from the supporters.
It wasn’t a full house but I could say almost 90% of the stadium was filled up. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
I can see my friends 😀 . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (centre), Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (right) and Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports earlier this morning at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
The hype is gaining momentum. Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy is just around the corner (this coming Monday) at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. The last time Brunei won was back in 2012. The defending champions are Myanmar. Will Brunei use their home ground to their advantage once again and regain back the trophy in front of their home supporters?
This time round, only seven countries are participating in the upcoming HBT 2018 tournament. Notably missing are powerhouse Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. I will definitely miss the presence of Malaysia and Indonesia as they bring exciting flavour and aura whenever Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia play against each other.
Brunei Darussalam are in the group of death in my opinion, being in the same group as Thailand and the defending champion Myanmar. Timor Leste made up the group of death and the host Brunei will take on Timor Leste in the opening match this coming Monday, 23rd April 2018.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, will grace the opening of HBT 2018 this coming Monday.
The working committee has been working their best in order to make flow of the opening ceremony as smooth as possible. Info department under the Prime Minister’s Office has been helpful in providing access for the local media and also giving updates on events leading to the opening opening ceremony.
HBT 2018 doesn’t have an official Instagram account but their coverage will be featured on Info Department’s instagram account.
It was made known that there will be lucky draws, conducted on every match of HBT 2018 and the final grand prize will be the latest Vios Rush, a seven-seater vehicle. The good news is that the entry is FREE. You will be handed out coupons upon entry. More incentives for you to come over and support the event brought to you by The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports with the support of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam.
All I can is that it’s good to see HBT tournament again in Brunei.
A press conference was held hosted by MCYS, NAFBD and other related agencies
The youngest player in the HBT team
The team coach and the assistant coach for HBT Brunei team
Team Thailand earlier being received by the Brunei delegates at Brunei International Airport
Team Myanmar earlier being received by the Brunei delegates at Brunei International Airport
The head coach of Myanmar being interviewed by the local press. Even though Myanmar is the defending champion, the head coach shared that the current team is completely new from the previous one but remains confident that Myanmar will do well once again in the tournament.
Now you can download RB app to your smartphones.
Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) is delighted to inform all our guests that effective 18 April 2018 our RB Mobile App will be available for download on both Google Playstore and Apple App Store.
The app provides a more user-friendly experience and greater flexibility to book your next flight, mobile check-in with mobile boarding pass, check flight information and schedules and gather all your upcoming trips all at one finger tip.
The RB Mobile app is one the two apps RB have listed on both operating systems for our guests to download. Our RB Impian app, a cloud streaming technology on-board, allows our guests to stream inflight entertainment via wi-fi directly onto their personal mobile devices on our newer A320CEO aircraft. Both initiatives are part of our initiatives to make the guest experience richer and in anticipation of further product developments throughout the year.
Karam Chand, CEO of Royal Brunei airlines said “2018 is a very exciting year for RB with the delivery of our eight new aircraft and introduction of new destinations. RB Mobile app is part of initiatives planned for this year that will provide a seamless travel experience for our guests. Being able to make your booking, check-in for your flight and have easy access to the status of your fights on a smartphone is something every guest wants and we are very pleased to be delivering this via our the Mobile App.”
The application was developed by Amadeus and lead by our Digital Team for a better travel experience to our guests. Download our app on Google PlayStore and Apple App Store now.