KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Under 15 (U-15) team continue their scintillating performance display by whipping Brunei 3-0 in the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation U-15 Football Championship in Chonburi, Thailand, today.
The Malaysian boys, who had secured two straight victories in the preliminary match, got off to a perfect start after Muhammad Azrul Haikal Ramlee drew the first blood as early as the 5th minute.
Muhammad Amirul Azzim Mohd Ruzki doubled the lead in the 37th minute with a beautiful shot which curled into Brunei’s top post in the match held at the IPE Chonburi Campus Stadium.
After the restart, Malaysia got their third goal via Muhammad Amirul Ashrafiq Hanifah in the 47th minute.
The 3-0 result remained until the end of the match, said a twitter from the National Football Development Programme (NFDP).
For the record, Malaysia defeated the Philippines and Timor Leste with a 2-0 results in previous two preliminary matches on Monday and Wednesday.
Malaysia will meet two-time winners, Vietnam while Brunei will take on Cambodia in the fourth group match. Both matches will be held at the same venue on Sunday.
The 12th edition of the annual tournament held since 2002 features 12 countries.
Defending champions Australia lead the Group A with three-time winners Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore.
Group B comprise Vietnam, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia.
For the record, Malaysia emerged victorious in 2013 by defeating Indonesia 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out after both teams were tied 1-1 after regulation time.
It was previously played as an U-16 tournament. The new age group was only introduced this year. – BERNAMA