Brunei’s U23 football squad journey into the 30th SEA Games was cut short when they lost 3-0 to Laos at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in the Philippines last week.
Remaining at the bottom of its group with three consecutive losses, the team no longer had any chance to be in the semi-final at least, with two matches left including one against Indonesia tonight to conclude its campaign.
Brunei coach Aminudin Jumat made a few changes from the previous match by entrusting Ishyra Asmin Jabidi between the sticks than the regular Haimie anak Nyaring.
But the change proved a turning mishap for Brunei as Ishyra was sent off at the 14th minute for a foul against a Laotian, thus reducing the team to ten.
Four minutes afterward saw striker Soukhaphone Vongciengkham slicked the ball past the unguarded goalposts for Laos’ first goal.
Stunned by the goal, Brunei recovered fast with a balanced play, defined defense and occasionally shoots off-target until the first half.
Going into the second half trailing 1-0, Brunei was overwhelmed by Laotian attacks and at minute 52, Bounpachan Bounkong scored from a fantastic move at the left.
At the 61st minute, Naziruddin Ismail almost gave Brunei a goal with a pass from captain Adi Said but the ball went a bend away from the goal.
Bounpachan proved to be Brunei’s bane as he headed home Laos’ third goal and his second of the match from a killer cross at the 66th minute.
As the match ended 3-0, Brunei bowed out from the campaign and shall fulfill the remaining fixtures against Indonesia tonight and Singapore on December 5.
The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR