| KUALA LUMPUR (August 16, 2007) – Malaysian Under-17 head coach Aminuddin Hussin has identified Brunei as the dark horses in Group A of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-17 Championship which kicks off this Sunday in Cambodia.
Aminuddin said that with Brunei deciding to hire a South Korean coach to guide their youth team; it has made the fight in the group a lot keener.
“We don’t know much about Brunei but one thing is certain and that is the new coach will make the team a lot more organised,” said Aminuddin.
“And that means we cannot expect Brunei to be the same team they have been in the past which makes them a lot more unpredictable.
“Luckily for us we will have the chance to watch them play first and from there we can probably pick up a few pointers.”
For the championship this year, the Malaysian team have been placed in Group A against Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand while Group B are Singapore, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Laos and Myanmar.
Aminuddin said that the current Malaysian side have played against host Cambodia and Indonesia – the other teams in Group A – at the AFC Asian Festival of Football last year.
They drew scoreless with Cambodia while in the next match against Indonesia, they were held to a 2-2 deadlock.
“Thailand will always be a handful so we are not expecting an easy tournament for sure,” added Aminuddin.
“But the players have had a good outing at the Arsenal tournament recently where they finished second, so we should be a lot more competitive.”
PIC: Aminuddin Hussin
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