Asian Qualifiers - Preview: Mongolia v Brunei Darussalam
Ulaanbaatar: Mongolian head coach Michael Weiss has urged his team not to underestimate Brunei Darussalam, who will be without nine regular players, when they meet in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 clash on Thursday.
Weiss, who was appointed by the Blue Wolves in 2017, is happy with his team’s preparations after a 10-day training camp in Phuket, Thailand but he will not take Brunei Darussalam lightly when they meet at the MFF Football Centre in the first leg despite the Southeast Asian team's head coach .
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“Brunei Darussalam has a strong team and they are definitely not a team to underestimate. We will have to be prepared. We have to be confident, but not for one single second must be underestimate our opponents,” said the German.
“The Brunei Darussalam team has to travel first and back again for the second leg. I don’t know if it will be an advantage, but we are ready for the match. We go into the match thinking about doing well and with confidence.”
The match, which will officially kick off the qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup China PR, can be viewed at mycujoo.tv with the tie kicking off at 17:00 Mongolia time (UTC +8) on Thursday.
Under Weiss, the Mongolian team have travelled abroad regularly for training camps to escape the winter season and to gain valuable experience by playing against other opponents in Asia.
Most recently, they recorded one win and one defeat against Krabi FC and Phuket City FC respectively.
“Mongolia is coming out of the winter period but my players are getting better day by day. We’ve been travelling a lot these last two years and playing against experience teams. Ultimately it has made our team better.
“In the last two years, we’ve also had players coming in and out of the team but the core of the team is still the same. We know each other well and they are cohesive, they know what they want and how to play.
“Mentally, they are also prepared. Mental preparations come when they leave their country and play against stronger opponents. It doesn’t take a month to be mentally strong but it comes over a period of time and that’s what we’ve been doing in the last two years,” said Weiss.
Mongolia v Brunei Darussalam
Venue: MFF Stadium, Ulaanbaatar
Kick-off: June 6, 17:00 (UTC +8)
Photos: Mongolia Football Federation, National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam
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