AFF Champs: day 1, 2 and 3 reports

AFF Futsal Championships 2016
Courtesy: Asean Football Federation Website

Malaysia score crucial win

BANGKOK (23 Jan 2017) – The action was end to end but in the end, it was Malaysia who scored a crucial win in Group B of the AFF AIS Futsal Championship 2016 when they beat nemesis Indonesia 6-5 in the opening game of the meet here at the Indoor Stadium Huamark.

With the prospect of playing hosts and 11-times champion Thailand looming large in the semi-finals, both Indonesia and Malaysia were looking to win the full points on the day so as to make sure of their chances in winning the group.

But while Indonesia who started well with the first goal of the game through Andri Kustiawan in the fifth minute before taking a 5-3 lead at the half, broke down in the second when they allowed the Malaysian to stage a comeback win.

“It was very, very close,” said Malaysian head coach Chiew Chun Yong. “The win today over Indonesia was important.”

Indonesia’s goals in the first half came off Randy Mushar (10th minute), Syahidansyah (11th) and then a double from Ardy Suwardy (19th).

For Malaysia, they scored three goals in the first half through Abu Haniffa Hassan (7th minute), Mohd Azwann Ismail (13th) and Muhammad Azri Rahman (14th) before adding three more after the break off Mohd Ridwan Bakiri (26th and 29th) and Akmarulnizam Mohd Idris (27th).

In the meantime, Myanmar took the top spot in Group B when they blasted a hapless Laos side 6-1.

Stuttering to a 1-1 draw at the half with Khin Zaw Lin’s goal in the 13th minute cancelled by Laos’ Soulichanh Phasawaeng (19th), Myanmar turned on the power to score five goals in the second half.

The goals came off Aung Zin Oo in the 22nd minute, Nyein Min Soe (27th and 40th) and Kaung Chit Thu (32nd and 39th).

On the other hand, hosts Thailand had little difficulty to beat Timor Leste 11-2 despite fielding a young side in their opening game of Group A.

With the experienced Kritsada Wongkaeo leading the charge, the Thais were in total control throughout the tie and were rarely troubled after scoring two quick goals off Chaivat Kamgrajang (7th) and Peerapol Satsue (8th).

The rest of the Thai goals were scored by Tairong Petchtiam (12th) Kritsada (12th and 34th), Jirawat Sornwichian (13th), Sorasak Phoonjungreed (18th), Chaivat (20th), Peerapol (25th), Panya Aranpoowanart (37th) and Muhammad Osamanmusa (39th).

Timor’s goals were scored by Remigio Da Silva (18th) and Bruno Gomes (36th).

“The first game of the tournament is always important. It was not an easy match but we did enough to win the points,” said Miguel Rodrigo, the head coach of Thailand afterwards.


RESULTS – 23 Jan 2017

1400: Malaysia 6 Indonesia 5
1630: Myanmar 6 Laos 1
1900: Timor Leste 2 Thailand 11

FIXTURES – 24 Jan 2017

1400: Indonesia vs Myanmar
1630: Laos vs Malaysia
1900: Brunei vs Timor Leste

Courtesy: Asean Football Federation Website

Myanmar beat Indonesia for first time

BANGKOK (24 Jan 2017) – Myanmar sprang the biggest surprise at the on-going AFF AIS Futsal Championship 2016 when they beat Indonesia 6-3 to make the semi-finals from Group B of the meet here at the Indoor Stadium Huamark.

It was Myanmar’s first ever victory over the Indonesians, who were champions in 2010.

But this afternoon and perhaps after their shock loss to Malaysia yesterday, the Indonesians were just not playing their usual game when they fell to two quick goals from Myanmar early in the first minute through Pyae Phyo Maung before Nyein Min Soe added the second just two minutes later.

“We were determined to win today and we played really hard to beat the Indonesians,” said pivot Phyo Maung, who nailed a personal best of four goals in the game.

“From the win today, we hope to build on it and beat Malaysia tomorrow (in the final game of Group B) to win the group.”

Two goals down, Indonesia replied off Syahidansyah Lubis in the fourth minute and Reza Yamani (13th) as Myanmar then fought back through Phyo Maung (13th and 14th) for the score to stand at 4-3.

As it was yesterday, Indonesia failed to find the back of the net in the second as Myanmar continued to press for two more goals through Phyo Maung (24th) and Sai Phone Aung (39th) for the final scoreline.

The win has allowed Myanmar to pick up six points from two matches played and where they will take on Malaysia tomorrow to decide the group winner.

In the meantime, Malaysia moved to the top spot in Group B when they thumped Laos 13-1.

Mohd Ridzwan Bakri grabbed a hattrick off goals in the 7th, 9th and 16th minute while Akmarulnizam Mohd Idris (1st and 32nd), Mohd Khairul Effendy Mohd Bahrin (2nd and 23rd) and Abu Haniffa Hassan (10th and 16th) scored a brace each.

The rest of the Malaysian goals were scored by Muhammad Azri Rahman (24th), Syed Aizad Daniel Syed Nasir (29th), Muhammad Awaluddin Hassan (36th) and Mohammad Mat Nawi (40th).

Laos lone goal of the night came off Khampha Phipphakkhavong in the 29th minute.

On the other hand, Timor Leste brightened their chance of a place in the semi-finals from Group A when they beat Brunei 8-6 in a pulsating encounter.

With Timor Leste having been thumped by hosts Thailand the previous day, they needed to beat Brunei to make sure that they stand a chance to the next round.

And despite being three goals behind early in the match through Muhd Naqib Timbang (1st minute), Mohamad Faiz Hasnan (2nd) and Mohammad Nor Azizam Roslan (8th), the Timorese fought back with all their might to deny the Sultanate side.

The score at the half was 4-3 to Brunei’s advantage after Muhd Naqib added his second goal of the evening in the 19th minute as Timor replied with three goals of their own through Jose Vide (9th), Remigio Da Silva (15th) and Adriel Pereira (19th).

But even though Brunei managed to score two early goals after the break off Abdul Azim Bolhasan (21st) and Maziri Maidin (22nd), they just faltered towards the tail end of the tie when they allowed Timor to reply through Manuel Sarmento (23rd and 25th), Remigio (28th and 38th) and Kui Sen Mu (34th).

“It was a very good win and of course we are happy that we have managed to beat Brunei for a place in the semi-finals, bearing of course the results from the Thailand-Brunei game tomorrow,” added Timor head coach Bruno Torres afterwards.


RESULTS – 24 Jan 2017

1400: Indonesia 3 Myanmar 6
1630: Laos 1 Malaysia 13
1900: Brunei 6 Timor Leste 8

FIXTURES – 25 Jan 2017

1400: Malaysia vs Myanmar
1630: Indonesia vs Laos
1900: Thailand vs Brunei DS

Courtesy: Asean Football Federation Website

Myanmar avoid powerhouse Thailand in semis

BANGKOK (25 Jan 2017) – Myanmar avoided playing hosts and powerhouse Thailand in the cross-over semi-finals of the AFF AIS Futsal Championship 2016 when they beat Malaysia 5-3 in the final decisive Group B game that was played this afternoon at the Indoor Stadium Huamark.

What made the victory more fabulous was the fact that Myanmar fought back from three goals down to beat the over-confident Malaysians who crumbled in the closing stages of the exhilarating tie.

“We just wanted to avoid having to play against Thailand in the semi-finals. That was important,” said Myanmar head coach Htay Myint afterwards.

In a high pressure tie where both teams were desperate to win, it was the Malaysians who went ahead late in the first half through Abu Haniffa Hassan (17th) and Saiful Nizam Mohd Ali (18th).

And just three minutes into the second half, they nailed their third goal of the game from Mohd Khairul Effendy Mohd Bahrin (23rd).

But Myanmar would soon regrouped and as the Malaysians lost focus where they wanted to defend their lead while at the same prevent Myanmar from finding the back of the net, it allowed their opponents to find their way through.

A double from Naing Ye Kyaw (31st and 39th) and then powerplay from Zwe Pyae Sone (32nd and 40th) as well as another from Hein Min Soe (36th) allowed Myanmar to win the group.

In the meantime, Indonesia completed their fixtures in Group B when they destroyed Laos 19-1 in a tie which has no bearing on the final standings.

Syahidanshah Lubis grabbed four goals in the game (3rd, 16th, 17th and 28th) while Andri Kustiawan (10th, 33rd and 33rd), Bambang Saptaji (17th, 19th and 30th) and Ardiansyah (9th, 20th and 24th) all scored hat-tricks.

The remainder of the goals for Indonesia were scored by Septian Wichandra (12th and 14th), Muhammad Iqbal (8th), Alfajri Fikri (13th), Jaelani Llajanabi (21st) and Reza Yamani (35th).

The only goal for Laos came off Soulichanh Phasawaeng in the 38th minute.

On the other hand, defending champions Thailand won Group A of the tournament when they easily overcame Brunei DS 17-2.

The Thais were in command throughout the encounter off the four goals from upcoming star Muhammad Osamanmusa (17th, 25th, 26th and 30th minute) and also a hat-trick from Panut Kitipanuwong (24th, 34th and 37th) and also Sorasak Phoonjungreed (5th, 33rd and 35th) leading the way.

The rest of the goals were scored by Tairong Petchthiam (3rd and 14th minute), Jirawat Sornwichian (4th), Peerapol Satsue (6th), Ketsada Wongkaeo (15th), Panya Aranpoowanart (28th) and also an own goal from Brunei’s Maziri Maidin in the 34th minute.

Brunei’s two goals were scored by Maziri in the 8th minute and Abdul Azim Bolhasan in the 14th minute.

With the win, Thailand will take on Malaysia in the second semi-final in two days (27 Jan) while Myanmar will play the first semi-final against Timor Leste.


RESULTS – 25 Jan 2017

1400: Malaysia 3 Myanmar 5
1630: Indonesia 19 Laos 1
1900: Thailand 17 Brunei DS 2

FIXTURES – 27 Jan 2017


1630: Myanmar vs Timor Leste
1900: Thailand vs Malaysia

Posted by Luca Ranocchiari --> luca.ranocchiari@futsalplanet.com


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