Grilled skipper Moey Xin Seng
professed to enjoy the workout, but even more than that, he enjoyed the team getting out of the game unscathed. "We want to have as many of us healthy as possible, come Sunday. That might have made it harder for ourselves here, but it all turned out swell."
Over in Botswana, the Bunnies overpowered third division side F.C Stephan, founded by the same management as Romania's Avantu Draganesti. Allowed to attack from beginning to end, the Buns drew two yellow cards out of midfielder Przemysław Miziołek, after which Djoko Tambusai
notched his first goal for the club, running onto a through ball having stayed up following a corner.
gave credit where it was due. "Dan Wongmulla did a job for them, doubly so when they went down to ten men. It could have been quite a few more otherwise."
Grilled International's own friendly ended in a 4-1 win over two-time Brunei Emerald Challenger Cup champions Bobbie FC, whose fortunes nowadays are somewhat removed from those B-League times. An emphatic end to the first half saw Sazwan bin Hj Muhd Salleh
, Chua Jun Long
and then Safari bin Hj Jali
tear through, to which Hairi bin Hj Jagung made a stylish reply in the 63rd minute. Wang Chu Chi
however restored International's margin in injury time, through sheer persistence.
Elsewhere, Emran bin Saiful Azmi would announce his signing for German fifth division club Fortuna Hummel for S$24.5 million, as they beat Deadly Frills' offer out with a bumper package. Given that Emran has been recalled to the Brunei U-20 on the back of his showings, Hummel should be getting their money's worth here.