Friday, 31 December 2010

Ending 2010 with a Win

26th Dec: Kroniz Fc survived a second-half fightback from Jabatan Laut to claim a thrilling 4-2 victory at Kebajikan Field.
Kronizs looked to be cruising to victory after dominating the opening 45 minutes and netting through Aliuddin, Gnal and Dodoi.
In the second half, Bob posed more of a threat and showing his potential by scoring another goal.
It enabled Kronizs  to end an unhappy week on a high note after the destruction by ABDB Sixers last week.
However, Kroniz exposed their soft under belly which allowed Jabatan Laut to drew first blood to lead 1-0 and  struck another before half time.
After the first goal Kronizs played some superb flowing football with Dodoi, Aliuddin and Gnal a constant threat.
Nizam was the creator of the first goal with a perfectly weighted pass to leave Aliuddin  free and he made no mistake as he drilled his shot into Jabatan Laut goal.
Jabatan laut midfield was being by-passed by the quality passing and movement of kroniz's side.
Kroniz continued to dominate and Jabatan Laut  were being pulled apart almost at will as Dodoi broke through Jabatan Laut defense before crossing it to the unmarked Gnal to slot home the second goal.
But it was no surprise when Gnal returned the favor as he picked the ball up on the left and cut inside and past the challenge of Jabatan Laut defense and returned the passes to Dodoi before he firing a low shot into the far corner of the net.

Jabatan Laut tried to get a foothold in the match and jabatan laut striker had to be alert with a dangerous cross from the overlapping defender to scored a second goal. 
The first half ended with kroniz leading 3-2.
Jabatan Laut were transformed after their ineffective first-half performance but in the 66th minute Bob restored Kroniz's two goal advantage when Bob's dangerous, inswinging shot found it's way to the  unmarked inside of the post.
But Kronizs looked nervy when Jabatan Laut ventured forward in a tense finish and managed to hold on to the win.

Ending 2010 with a win, Kronizs don't have time to rest and celebrate as the first game in 2011 will be on the Tuesday, 4th January against RBA Flight Operation at RBA Soccer Stadium. See you in 2011.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Tales of two halves

17 Dec: Sixer Fc of ABDB joined the few team in Brunei to demolished Kroniz fc at  a game played at Berakas Kem Mini Stadium friday afternoon since Kroniz Fc was formed in 1995. The ABDB men powering themselves with their fitness scoring seven goals in the first half. 
The first goal was magical for Kroniz as Asri, Releasing a through ball by Aliuddin, he collected the pass, sprint pass by a few ABDB defenders then sprayed a fabulous ball to defeat the keeper for Kroniz to lead 1-0. After that goal Kroniz's  defence meltdown to the extend that ABDB men managed to score seven goals. It was a deflating experience for Kroniz, as all their pre-match planning went up in smoke.
Having called for an improvement in performance, in the second half Kroniz finally rid themselves of the shackles that have halted their progress and played a beautiful game and managed to drowned ABDB Sixer.  If ABDB men thought they had got off lightly and able to score more goals, they was sadly mistaken as Kroniz scored the only goal in the second half by Bob's header. 
Although kroniz lost the game but the players are delighted at the forceful manner with which they approached their task especially in the second half.
More importantly, it sent them powering to believe and never gave up, giving a significant boost to their confidence in potentially pivotal ability to go against the best. Understandably, Kroniz saw no reason to celebrate with the final score 2-7 to ABDB Sixer Fc.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Winning is never easy

12 Dec: Yazid two goals and Bob another combined to hand Kroniz  a win against Buruh Fc at Kebajikan Field Sunday afternoon to reign the Brunei soccer scene.
In the first half both team played well however just couldn't find the net which ended 0-0.
In the second half, Yazid, another kroniz youngster, had got Kroniz off to the perfect start in the second half with a solo run and a 55th-minute opener, The opening goal may have been fashioned on Kroniz, but it did not go to the men in orange as two Kronizs combined to open the door.
The pair combined to great effect on the 2nd half when Bob blasted in a low drive from Yazid lay off which forced the ball into the net for Kroniz to lead 2-0.  
In the meantime, Kroniz Fc defenders had been in the right place at the right time to keep out Buruh attacked but an attacked in the 75th minutes  a Buruh player headed a corner across the face of goal to close the gap to 2-1.
Buruh Fc looked to have snatched a point for the visitors when a 82th-minute penalty given to Buruh after Nizam's challange an attacked by Buruh player. However the shot was saved by keeper Rosli. Rosli was a busy man through the second half with saved after saved to earned him player of the match.
In the 85 minutes, Kroniz's  free-kick was floated perfectly to the far post for Alinordi to win a muscular challenge with Buruh defender and head down for Yazid to fire home his second goal of the game from close range.
The sense of unity fostered by Kroniz during the game was there for all to see as a lot of players are available for selection compare to the last game.The game ended 3-1 to Kroniz FC.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Die hard determination 0 - 0

5th Dec: Selamat Tahun baru Hijrah. Kroniz Fc and Seal Fc shared the spoils in the match at Berakas Mini Stadium.

But this was a match lacking in quality and will not remain long in the memory.
Kroniz Fc overcrowded the midfield employing one out and out striker since in the first half only ten players available.
Seal Fc finished the stronger of the two teams  and it would have been harsh on Kroniz to end up with nothing.
Seal Fc looked the more composed on the ball through out the game and kroniz defended in numbers to keep Seal players any roaming space. Kroniz keepers played well to saved a least ten shot on goals.
In the 2nd half Seal Fc had strong appeals for a penalty rejected when the ball appeared to hit the lower arm of Bab but they were waved away by the referee.
Rosli came in the middle of the 2nd half to completed the team. With the full players available Kroniz managed to counter attacked however missed the chance because of lack of communication between Bob and Asri. 
The referee somehow managed to hear the Azan and decided to blow the whistle. The game ended 0-0.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

A game that could never be won

RIPAS FC scored late in the second half to completed an amazing comeback to beat Kroniz FC at Kebajikan Field in a flooded field during a heavy thunderstorm.
An incident-packed match looked certain to end in a 2-2 draw after Hamdan and Aming  netted at both ends.
Several other clear-cut chances went begging for kroniz in the first half before Hamdan scored in the 25th minute. Kroniz will rue the chances available as RIPAS staged a late comeback to win 3-2. 
They suffered a late blow late in the 2nd half when Dodoi failed to score a penelty to tied  the game 3-3.
In the game, Hamdan put Kroniz ahead when Gnal spilt RIPAS defence with a sweet pass to Bob and flick  it Hamdan to leave him with an open goal to make it 1-0.
It was frantic stuff as Kroniz controlled the game but suffered a blow when RIPAS equalised just before the 1st half ended to tied it 1-1 at halftime.
In the second half RIPAS snatched the lead when the referee refused an offside trap by Kroniz players to lead 2-1.
Incredibly, again Bob sent Aming  clean through and without  hesitation scored with a tight angle to tie the game 2-2.
But Kroniz were unlucky as again the referee failed to spot an offside by RIPAS player and his vicious shot somehow found the net to lead 3-2.
Late in the game kroniz player went down in the box but Dodoi missed the penalty.
Final score RIPAS 3 Kroniz FC 2

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Friday, 26 November 2010

Ruthless win for Kroniz

Nasrin kroniz's young guns scored twice at the newly build SM Menteri Soccer pitch with daunting match against Veteran Football Team (VFT). VFT repersented by Brunei's 80's national team such as Ukoi Enam, Nordin Tujoh and others, played a hard game on the artificial pitch.
Kroniz weathered a first-half hammering for the first 45 action-packed minutes it seemed as if the points were destined for VFT as they bombarded the Kroniz goal. However Kronizs' defences hold out the bombardment and ended the first half 0-0.
Zainal came into the team in the second half and brought variety and pace to Kroniz attack that was so sorely missing in the first half. (Part ani saja kan becerita)
VFT snatching the lead with Ukoi enam  goal fourteen minutes after the restart as Kroniz's called for offside was ignored by the referee.
Never say die attitude of kroniz players today deserved praises as Nasrin planted a near-post shot past VFT keeper to give kroniz the lifeline to tie the game 1-1. 
Five minutes after that goal Nasrin  again broke through VFT defence after some more slack defending and shot at an angle to beat VFT keeper. 
Pressing hard VFT could not make it count and Kroniz punished them ruthlessly. This time Asri solo run beat VFT defenders and latched on cleaver pass from midfield and shot directly at goal to finished off the game with kroniz third.
Final score VFT 1 Kroniz FC 3. Scorer Nasrin (2), Asri (1)

Monday, 22 November 2010

Late night jamming cause for defeat?

20th Nov: Kroniz went down fighting as they battled back from two down but still lost to Moe Senior at Kebajikan Field this Sunday afternoon. Moe Senior looked to be cruising with two goals one from each half.
But Nasrin pulled one back with 30 minutes to go and incessant kroniz pressure in the second half paid off when Bob levelled the score line to 2-2 however and Moe Senior when ahead with the simplest of goal and put the icing on the cake with a late fourth.
In this game Kroniz seem to be tired after a late saturday night jamming were simply giving moe senior too much space. But it was Moe Senior's day and they made sure of the three points. Final score Kroniz 2 Moe Senior 4

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Lost despite rousing dispaly of football

Kroniz, conquerors of the previous three games, had to settle for second best at Jerudong Mini Stadium against DPMM Management Football Team despite a rousing display of football.
Trailing 1-0 kroniz  scored the equalizer and by half time the score was 3-3. Kroniz lead again 5 minutes into the second half  to 3-4  until the last 15 minutes thanks to Dodoi who scored all the goals.
However DPMM MFT stepped into another gear and pile the pressure to seal victory in the last 15 minutes to end the game 6 -4 with fine effort from players like Pg Salehuddin, Ali momin, Momin jaffar and others who were the heros in 1999 Malaysia Cup Champion and 2005   S League Champions.
Kroniz have never achieved a victory at DPMM ground and DPMM MFT were good value for their victory, Manager Bab will wonder how they failed to build on their famous lead  and scored four goals against DPMM MFT.
Certainly kroniz  missed a lot of players who fail to turn up, suffering from injuries or personal business.
Dodoi, who was outstanding through out the game made history with scoring four goals against DPMM MFT. 
Final Score DPMM MFT 6 - Kroniz FC 4.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Excellent domination for third win

Kroniz's winning ways continued against SM Lumapas FC as a brace from Nasrin and another from Dodoi kept their undefeated run to three games. SM Lumapas  player score a late effort was scant consolation for the away side. 
Bab's team domination of this match began as early as the fifth minute when kroniz fast attacking style of play caught SM Lumapas defenders  by surprise and Dodoi a young Kroniz signing made no mistake in his solo effort beating a SM Lumapas defender and sent a low shot beyond the reach of the keeper.
SM Lumapas almost equalised moments later when a SM Lumapas striker thundering shot at a close-range tried to be blocked by Pyan however his sliding blocking was a few second late and the ball went straight at goal. Another new signing goal keeper Hj Radzi quick reflection action manage to deflect the ball over the goal post.
Kroniz's Nizam went close to grabbing a few goals but  his shots was deflected around the post and the crossbar, much to the relief of the SM Lumapas Keeper.
Kroniz  went 2-0 up in the 2nd minute, of the second half, when Nasrin another Kroniz young signing manage to  sent a curling shot  on the target over the head of the stricken SM Lumapas keeper after cutting in from the left wing.
Kroniz made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute when Nasrin again collected a fine pass from Alinordi fired from the edge of the penalty area as Kroniz continued to dominate proceedings.
SM Lumapas  pulled one back in the 80th minute when they beat the Kroniz's offside trap and the unmarked striker drive from close range slammed into Kroniz's goal.
Final score Kroniz FC 3 Lumapas 1

Friday, 5 November 2010

Annual Dinner 2011 - Kroniz FC 15 Years Anniversary.

Theme : Rock Kapak
Proposed Date : April 2011

Live Band Performance - Perform by Kroniz FCPlayers Featuring Walid

Lagu-Lagu yang kan di Practise..
1.  Kejora - Search
2.  Pawana - Search
3.  Gadisku - Search
4.  Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
5.  Bagaikan Bermimpi - Sweet Charity
6.  Ku ukir Nama mu - Lovehunters
7.  Memori Luka - Headwind
8.  Semalam Yang Hangat - Wings
9.  Dari Sinar Mata - Bumiputera Rockers
10. Medley Hati Emas/Gerhana - Kembara
11. Kenangan Bersama Mu- Lefthanded
12. Tiada lagi - The Mercy
13. Batu - Sweet Charity
14. Pemuzik Jalanan - Search

Pemain-pemain kroniz yang berbakat dalam bidang musik di alu-alukan untuk menyertai Band Kroniz. Pertanyaan lanjut boleh dibuat kepada K30, K18. Lagu-lagu boleh ditambah tidak melebehi 15-20 buah sahaja, kerana band ini baru saja ditubuhkan.

A resolute win for Kroniz

Kroniz got their 2010 campaign back on track with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belantara FC (SM Rimba). 
Kroniz took a shock lead through Yazid after 23 minutes after he failed to make the most of early goal scoring opportunities. Nazrin slotted home a well-taken effort two minutes after the restart to make it 2- 0.
Kroniz were also presented other golden opportunity, such as on 20 minutes when a soft back pass from  midfielder Metusin in his own penalty area gifted Kucang a free shot at goal from 10 yards, but the left-back dragged his shot wide of the far post. Manager Bab had called on his team to produce a strong response from kick-off and commanding the defense to denied Belantara Fc any space following some resolute defending. 
Kroniz goalkeeper Julaihi had not really been troubled, but needed to be alert to collect an inadvertent shot from Belantara Fc, which was set for the top corner, after a free-kick into the kroniz box.
Belantara Fc, however, continued to look dangerous from set-pieces and it was no real surprise when Belantara Fc scored with a well taken header to close the gap. The game ended with back to back win for kroniz 2-1

Saturday, 23 October 2010

KRONIZ goal galore

It was a truly deserved win for KroniZ FC this time around. The opponent was the PADU team from RBAirF and from the looks of their team members it looked like it was going to be another upset loss for KroniZ FC after learning that the visitors are Brunei high sky jumpers.

KroniZ FC saw the reintroduction of several players who have just came back from overseas training notably Matusin and Ji Fendi. Despite the absence of MGM and GM, team Kroniz got off to a wonderful start of leading 2-0 in the first 20 minutes by Dodoi and Aliuddin.  PADU FC managed to score a goal right after the second Kroniz goal and players were wondering whether this was to be another upset to the end. However Kroniz played with determination and score three more goals from  Dodoi, Nasrin (the other anak buah Gnal) and Awang ending the first half 5-1.

In the second half of the game, KroniZ FC made a surprising change of 7 players, a record since the days playing at Jerudong Football Field to keep up the tempo with the high flying opponents. With the mass changes of players there were also mass headache and lead to PUDU scoring two more goals. The second half keeper worked hard with fast saves and help of the upright to keep the goals down. Final score for the spirited new KroniZ FC 5 - 3 PADU FC.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Kroniz in crisis - AGM tells it all

Tonight's AGM meeting will decide the future of Kroniz. Since 1995 tonight's AGM is of importance due to the Liverpool-like financial crisis that may also put the team into administration and being sold  although no points are to be deducted. However with due diligent and  "nada sadarkan diri" attitude kroniz's administration and players decided to take matters into their own hand to overcome the obstacle.

To continue the Kroniz legacy the following were put as agenda during the meeting:

- Food for the meeting (main agenda)
- Players list
- New Jersey
- Funding for new season.
- Jamming session
- Others

The meeting didn't start normally as just it was about to start someone talked about taking a bite of the appetising food prepared and it caused a chain reaction with everyone starting to eat and drink... to the delight of everybody, what initially thought to be the last meeting thinking it was curtains for the team, turned out to be a revival with new spirits and hopefully new sponsors. The seriousness of the matter led to a five hours meeting and discussion starting at 8pm and ended at 1am.

The meeting did went on as planned as the following team members were appointed in a secret voting process:

Senior Mentor Manager: K10
Manager: K2
Assistant Manager: K9
Senior Scouting Manager: K18
Treasurer: K25
Assistant Treasurer: K19
Internal Audit Manager: K27
External Corporate Affairs: K27
HzO supplier: K19
Assistant HzO supplier: K23
Medical / Physio overseer: K30
Public Relations / Media relations: K9 and K17
Photographers: K6 and K28
Religious consul: K17
Blogmaster / Web Manager: K18 and K19

Also in discussions were monthly fees for each person, deciding current team members who are legible to continue the legacy and new members, new football jerseys, new internet login, website design.

It was decided that the annual fee is $100.00 per year to be paid every January commencing January 2011.

It was also decided that players will need to pay $40 for the new jersey and another $20 for membership fees for November and December 2010. These payments need to be done after the next pay day (End of October). Kroniz young players will be sponsored by the team until they are able to fend for themselves.

It was also agreed that players are needed to update their details (including car registration number, date of birth, address and contact numbers) through the club's website for future use. K18 will create a link on the website for this purpose.

All appointments are effective as of October 16, 2010.

The meeting ended with a recital of Al-Fatihah and Al-Asr to bless the meeting.

Long live KRONIZ FC

Kroniz self-destruct in the last two games

6hb Oct UBD : Kroniz unable to stop MOF BAG players in agame of inconsistency and strong winds.  in the first half, Kroniz play well with only 9 players in the first quarter of the hour but unfortunately Kroniz failed to sustain their performance and ended trailing 2-0 at the end of the first half.

The second half proved more challenging as KroniZ tried to win back the game but strong winds and unlucky shots on goal managed to hit the goals posts more. Yazid the young striker managed to win back a goal for the Kroniz team and further attempts to win more goals proved unsuccesful..

 Kroniz 1-2 MOF BAG

The recent game was played on the synthethic field of SM SMJA on the night of 11 Oct 2010 against the SMJA team. Initially the team was the stronger team managing to control the game despite the young opponents who seemed hunger for the ball. Alas, it proved that the players were not the culprit of three goals led-in easily but the goalkeeper who seemed just awoke from sleep.

Despite the unfamiliar playing turf and night, Kroniz were determined not to let the scoreline and history has proven that Kroniz can create an upset. Yazid was injured during the game and caused concerned for the team. Hopefully his injuries is not as bad and can still play for Kroniz.  But disaster seemed to stick with Kroniz for this season and further let in two more goals. Hamdan managed to save face by scoring a goal for the team...
Kroniz 1 - 5 SMJA

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Brunei setaraf Nigeria dalam bolasepak

Fifa suspends Nigeria

ZURICH - FIFA suspended the Nigerian Football Federation for government interference on Monday, almost certainly preventing the country from taking part in qualifying for the African Cup of Nations this weekend.
Several developments led to Fifa imposing the suspension, including court actions against elected members of the NFF executive committee, the federation's general secretary stepping down on orders from the government-run National Sports Commission, and the decision of the sports minister to start the Nigerian Premier League without relegation from the previous season.
Fifa rules prohibit government interference with national football governing bodies. Nigeria had been due to play in Guinea in its second qualifier in Group B in the African Cup on Sunday.
Fifa says the suspension will last until 'the duly elected NFF executive committee is able to work without any interference,' meaning none of the country's teams are allowed to take part in any competition 'regional, continental or international.' The NFF's acting general secretary told The Associated Press that Fifa's move 'should not come as a surprise.'
'At least we are now conversant with the expectation of Fifa,' Emmanuel Ikpeme said. 'The only thing that bothers me, like any other Nigerian, is that the action they have taken will affect football in this country.'
Nigeria's federation was threatened with a similar ban in July when the country's president, Goodluck Jonathan, said he would pull the national team out of competition because of its poor showing at the World Cup in South Africa. Mr Jonathan eventually backed down following an ultimatum from Fifa. However, Fifa said at the time it would continue monitoring Nigerian football for possible interference from the government. -- AP

Kita serupa.....

Friday, 1 October 2010

Back with a vengeance

1hb Oct Kebajikan Field: Kroniz produced an inspired performance as they demolished Kg Madang FC to put their push for an end to the Hari raya blues  with a resounding victory. Kroniz' youngsters scored four goals - Dodoi (2), Yazid and Nazrin- and alinordi scored one himself to put the icing on the cake. Kroniz was in unstoppable form with their power and aerial dominance and made it a miserable day for Kg Madang FC. 
Kroniz looked lively and full of positive intent after losing from their previous three matches. But the Kg Madang FC were not to be denied and went ahead after 15 minutes of the game. However Kroniz kept their cool and quickly regained their rhythm and retaliate with five unstoppable goals. With kroniz now in full control all Kg madang FC could do is to hold on the challenge hoping for the final whistle.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Kroniz vs Laksamana College

It was the first game for the oranges after the weight-gaining festivity of Hari Raya. Before the game started, Kroniz players greeted each other with greetings of Hari Raya. With the referee arriving late, Kroniz players were concern not about how many goals would be scored by the opponent but whether there were enough time to warm themselves up.

With the first blow of the whistle, the Laksamana boys were the energetic ones, obviously due to their age, youth and vigour. They rushed to get the ball but surprisingly Kroniz managed to subdue their passing and play. Kroniz had more chances in front of goal but opted not to score but to display prowess.

With one attack, Laksamana college score a goal to stake their claim as the better team but KroniZ showed why age is not a factor by scoring and equalising seconds after the restart with Nasrin.

the second half again proved to be Kroniz game leading the admirals 2-1, this time Dodoi manage to put the ball in the net. But after making changes to the team, KroniZ gave away two easy goals for the opponent to lead the game...

Final score : Kroniz FC 2 - 3 Laksamana College

Wednesday, 11 August 2010


1. Hukum Sembahyang Tarawih:
a) Hukumnya sunat muakkad (yang sangat dituntut) bagi dikerjakan oleh orang-orang Islam lelaki dan perempuan pada tiap-tiap malam bulan Ramadhan samada secara berseorangan atau berjamaah.
b) Sunnat dikerjakan di masjid, surau dan lain-lain tempat sembahyang orang-orang Islam.

2. Waktu Sembahyang Tarawih:
Waktu sembahyang Tarawih ini ialah selepas menunaikan sembahyang Fardhu Isya’.

3. Rakaat Sembahyang Tarawih:
a) Pada umumnya masyarakat Islam di Malaysia mendirikan sembahyang Tarawih ini sebanyak 20 rakaat, tetapi ada juga yang hanya menunaikan sekadar 8 rakaat sahaja.
b) Pada zaman Rasulullah s.a.w. sembahyang Tarawih dikerjakan sebanyak 8 rakaat saja supaya tidak menimbulkan sesuatu keberatan.
c) Pada zaman Khalifah Umar bin Al-Khattab pula beliau menambah lagi menjadikan 20 rakaat kerana beliau berpendapat bahawa orang-orang Islam pada zamannya itu tidak keberatan lagi menunaikan sembahyang sebanyak itu.
d) Sembahyang Terawih hendaklah ditunaikan dua rakaat, pada tiap-tiap satu kali takbiratul-ihram kemudiannya dilakukan lagi sehingga genap rakaat yang dikehendaki.

4. Lafaz Niat Sembahyang Tarawih:
Usolli Sunnatal Taraawihi Rak'ataini Makmuman Lilaahi Ta'ala
Bermaksud: "Sahaja aku sembahyang Tarawih dua rakaat ma’mum kerana Allah Taala"

Ahlan Wa Sahlan Ya Ramadhan

Puasa pada bulan Ramadhan adalah rukun Islam yang keempat yang wajib dilaksanakan oleh umat Islam yang telah cukup syarat-syaratnya. Puasa ialah menahan diri dari makan dan minum dan perkara-perkara yang membatalkan puasa, mulai dari terbit fajar sadiq sehingga terbenam matahari. Namun bagi mencapai kesempurnaan berpuasa kita hendaklah juga memelihara telinga, mata, lidah, tangan dan kaki serta anggota badan yang lain dari melakukan segala perbuatan maksiat.

Puasa hanya sah dilakukan jika ia disertai dengan niat berpuasa, waktu berniat puasa Ramadhan itu ialah setelah terbenam matahari dan sebelum terbit fajar sadiq. Jika niat itu dilakukan setelah terbit fajar atau sebaya dengan terbit fajar, maka puasa itu tidak sah.

Manakala lafaz niat puasa ialah : Nawaitu Sauma Ghadin An Ada'i Fardi Ramadhana Hazihis Sanati Lillahi Ta'ala yang ertinya : Sahaja aku berpuasa esok hari bulan Ramadhan pada tahun ini kerana Allah Ta'ala.

Niat berbuka puasa :

allahumma laka somtu wa bika aamantu wa ‘alaa rizqika afthartu birahmatika ya arhamarrohimin

Maksudnya: “Ya Allah bagi Engkau aku berpuasa dan dengan Engkau beriman aku dengan rezeki Engkau aku berbuka dengan rahmat Engkau wahai yang Maha Pengasih dan Penyayang”.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

KroniZ night out at Polo Club

It was the last game for Kroniz Fc before taking a long break for the Ramadhan fasting month. The game was against DPMM Mgt, a team almost everybody knew in Brunei.

But for Kroniz FC, it wasn't a team to be feared but a team to be enjoyed playing with. The number of games with this elegant management team proved the cordial ties KroniZ possess with them.

In terms of last night's game, KroniZ FC managed to give the home team a game they will not forget just before Puasa. The number of lightning on-target strikes proved that Kroniz does have the sting albeit unable to score in the first half. With all the wit and experience of DPMM Mgt, the home team only managed an easy goal in the first half of the game.

Then in the second half of the hot and unwindy weather, KroniZ Fc managed to steal the limelight of the game by scoring a goal to equalised. The quick exchanges of passes found Arch who side-footed to send the ball into the upper left corner of the goal leaving the tall DPMM Mgt keeper gasping to reach the ball.

As the long night continued coupled with the ever tiring old feet of the visiting team, DPMM managed to score two more goals. The retiring of Aming proved disastrous and led to two quick goals scored by the home team's fastest player Helmi Long.

With cramps and sprains looming, time soon ran out and the referee blew the whistle and ended the game..

For Kroniz FC, a post-mortem was held at the luxurious and sumptious KTM restaurant to discuss team players, direction and the upcoming preparations for Puasa...

Selamat Berpuasa..

DPMM MGT 3 - 1 Kroniz FC

Tuesday, 20 July 2010


Summary of results for games:

Kroniz FC 3 - 3 MPC FC
Scorers: Ali Nordi, Pg Eddy, Pg Eddy

Kroniz FC 1 - 4 Rojak FC (2 July 2010)

Kroniz FC 7-a-side friendly at SR Lambak (29 Jun 2010)

Kroniz FC 2 - 3 LS FC (25 June 2010)

Kroniz FC 4- 4 RPK ABDB (19 June 2010)

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Soccer Acting

JOHANNESBURG — The Ivory Coast forward cried out in apparent agony, covered his face with his hands and dropped to the turf with a thud in the waning minutes of his team’s 3-1 loss to Brazil on Sunday at the World Cup.

The forward, Abdul Kader Keïta, was not hit with the ball or slapped across the face or punched, just bumped by the Brazilian star Kaká, who did little more than shrug, sticking his right elbow into Keïta’s chest.

That was all it took for Keïta to fall to the turf as if he had been doused with pepper spray.

The referee punished Kaká with a yellow card, his second of the game, forcing his ejection and leaving his team a man down for the rest of the game.

Many who saw the replay wondered whether Keïta’s fall was the tournament’s latest example of what officials call simulation. Much of the flopping, flailing and falling in soccer is little more than diving to the turf in an effort to dupe the referee.

If successful, the diver could be awarded an unimpeded kick from the point of the infraction or, if it occurs in the penalty area in front of the goal, a penalty kick from 12 yards.

Fans are already seeing as much bad playacting as tricky dribbling during the World Cup in South Africa, despite efforts by FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, to punish divers. Some of the best players in the world crumple under imaginary contact to win a penalty, or writhe in seeming pain to run the clock down or give their teammates a breather.

“I wish it wasn’t part of the game,” said Paul Tamberino, the director of referee development for U.S. Soccer. “Players will do whatever they can.”

In his first game of the tournament, the German midfielder Mesut Özil tumbled as if gnomes hiding in the grass at Durban Stadium had tied his shoelaces together during his team’s opening game against Australia last week. An innocuous challenge from a defender did not seem enough to send him to the ground. Indeed, no foul was called. Instead, for his ruse, Özil was punished with a yellow card.

Özil’s tumble and Keita’s pantomime did not affect the outcome of either game; Germany and Brazil easily won their matches. But with so few games, and with goals at a premium at this World Cup (1.97 goals per game through the first 29 games, well below the low-water mark of 2.21 in 1990), an erroneously awarded penalty or unjust suspension could prove decisive.

In the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Germany four years ago, Italy and Australia were tied, 0-0, in added time. Italy’s Fabio Grosso rushed into the Australia penalty area and doubled over the lunging defender Lucas Neill. Italy was awarded a penalty kick, converted it for a 1-0 victory and went on to win the title. The penalty kick eliminated Australia.

“When he slid in, maybe I accentuated a little bit,” Grosso told Football Plus magazine in the spring. “I felt the contact, so I went down.”

According to FIFA’s Laws of the Game, “attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled” are punishable by a yellow card. But it can be difficult at full speed, with only the naked eye and no video replay to consult, for a referee to spot the difference between a foul and a phantom.

The referee Koman Coulibaly whistled a foul in favor of United States forward Jozy Altidore in the 85th minute of the Americans’ 2-2 tie with Slovenia on Friday — awarding a free kick that led to a controversial disallowed goal — but replays showed that minimal contact occurred before Altidore crashed to the ground. Players know they are more likely to get away with it and tacitly condone the practice.

“Personally, I’m against any type of simulation; I don’t think it should be part of the game,” Alessandro Del Piero, a teammate of Grosso’s, said recently, before adding: “It went in Italy’s favor and I was happy. If it went against us, I would be upset.”

Del Piero and his countrymen were indeed upset in 2002 when Italy was knocked out of the World Cup in South Korea by the host team after Francesco Totti was ejected for a second yellow card after disingenuously trying to earn a free kick.

Referees say that it is difficult to penalize a player for simulation because it is akin to calling him dishonest.

“If you’re going to give a caution for simulation and there is contact,” Tamberino warned, “it has to be very obvious that he’s trying to cheat.”

Sometimes, simulation is so transparent that it more resembles vaudeville than world-class soccer.

In 2002, Rivaldo of Brazil was waiting to take a corner kick when Hakan Unsal of Turkey appeared to deliberately kick the ball at him when he was not looking. Rivaldo went down as if he had been shot, clutching his face, right in front of an assistant referee. Unsal was given a red card, signaling an ejection, but Rivaldo was embarrassed when video replay revealed his reaction to be an act. FIFA later fined him $7,350.

“Whether it be the big flop or the big groan, sometimes it’s comical,” Tamberino said. “You don’t like to laugh, but sometimes, you give a smile.”

Referees must be close to the play and have the right angle and clear vision to make the correct call. It requires good positioning and communication between the referee and his assistants, one on each sideline. Three years ago, FIFA started a referee assistance program to train officials to, among other things, spot dives. Before the World Cup, FIFA’s technical study committee provided referees and assistant referees with scouting reports, including video, that highlighted teams with a reputation for simulation.

Being a good diver may help a player get an occasional call, but when he earns a reputation as a cheat, it can be difficult to erase.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the fastest and most dangerous forwards, is often the target of deliberate fouls or the victim of overzealous defenders.

“Referees should protect the more skillful players when they are getting fouled by the opposition,” he said Tuesday after Portugal’s game with Ivory Coast. “Sometimes it is difficult for me when the referees give fouls because they think I dive.”

But they think that for good reason. Ronaldo was notorious for feigning when he was a young player. He was lethal on direct kicks, and he relished the chance to show off his ability to strike the ball from long range. But now that he has developed into one of the game’s most hardened players, who is often hacked mercilessly by slower, less-skilled defenders, he does not get many calls.

“They don’t protect talented footballers anymore,” said Carlos Queiroz, the coach of Portugal. “I’d like to see if the rules are the same for everybody.”

Players and referees say they know which players go down too easily, but they are reluctant to identify them.

“I’m anticipating all forwards are capable of doing that,” said the American defender Oguchi Onyewu, who at 6 feet 4 inches and 210 pounds is an easy mark for conniving forwards who exploit the perception that a bigger player fouls more often.

“I think referees are taking the proper measures now more so than in the past to eliminate that kind of exaggeration,” Onyewu said. “Giving the players themselves a card and not the defender.”

But defenders and forwards agree that diving will be hard to eradicate as long as players get away with it.

“You try to get the ref on your side and you hope that he can see through all of that,” said Jonathan Spector, a defender for the United States. “There’s only so much you can control in a game. The call was made. Just get on with it.” NY Times, 2010

Offside rule

Here's a little secret in the soccer world: No one really understands the offside rule. Not all the time, anyway. That became very clear during the first half of today's World Cup opener, when fans and pundits alike cried foul after the assistant referee lifted his flag just before Mexico's Carlos Vela slammed the ball into the net.

When showing replays, commentators pointed out and graphics demonstrated that there was a South Africa defender (it was Steven Pienaar, by the way) positioned on the back post, whom they claimed kept Vela onside.

It's true that Pienaar was there, and just behind Vela where he stood by the opposite post. But the relevant position was that of South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, not Pienaar. Khune had run off his line to try to intercept the corner kick, leaving Pienaar as the last defender in front of the goal.

The offside rule reads that a player is offside if he is "nearer to his opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent" -- the last opponent typically being the goalkeeper. Usually when an attacking player runs past the "last defender," the goalkeeper remains in the net -- meaning the "last" defender is really the second-to-last defender.

In the case of Friday's game, the goalkeeper was not there behind the defense. The second Vela passed Khune in the middle of the box, he was offside, regardless of Pienaar's position at the post. It was an intelligent call from the referee and his assistant in a complicated demonstration of a complicated rule.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Battle ground Bolkiah kem drew 4-4

19th Jun: Four goals by Regimen Pasukan Khas (RPK) denied Kroniz Fc a win at Bolkiah kem when both teams drew 4-4.

Kroniz led 2-0 in the first half but in the second half felt behind 2-4 but managed to come back with two more goals to level the score.

Alinordi scored a hattrick and Arch scored the other but four goals from the RPK piled the pressure back on Kroniz and even two late goals were not enough to force victory.

Kroniz were architects of their own downfall as the four RPK goals came from lack of focus in the second half.

In the first half kroniz were content to soak up what special army regimen had to offer and swiftly counter-attack when the chance arose and managed to score two goals by Alinordi. Kroniz defense and goalkeeper were unbeatable in the first half.

In the second half, RPK with the fit army guys fired with all cylinders and managed to scored four goals. Amazingly kroniz managed to draw level with goals from Arch and Alinordi.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Mindef fc when down to Kroniz fc

11 June: A win for Kroniz fc at Gurka Camp Sg Akar against Mindef Fc 3-1. Playing just behind a K9 training center put a lot of jitter among the players. The dogs are huge played their roles in the win as most of kroniz players run faster than usual because the dogs are just behinds them. In the first half kroniz lead 2-1 with goals from Jamri and Asri. In the second half kroniz keep up the momentum and managed to scored the third by Asri. The win gave the kroniz a better footing because the next game is with the army special regimen with fast and fit players.

Spotlight on the FIFA World Cup

Barclays Premier League stars are set to grace the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Only six of the 32 participating nations have not named a Barclays Premier League player among their parties of 23 stars.

Italy, Slovenia, Japan, North Korea, Germany and Uruguay are the only countries not to have a current player from England's top division. Indeed, the Barclays Premier League is the best represented league at the FIFA World Cup, ahead of Italy and Spain.

Germany did have a Barclays Premier League representative but skipper Michael Ballack withdrew with a bad ankle injury picked up in the FA Cup final against Portsmouth.
Technically Jerome Boateng will become a Manchester City player on 1st July when he will hope to still be on World Cup duty having agreed a move from SV Hamburg.

And Slovenia named midfielder Robert Koren who has just been released by newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion.

Inevitably England have the highest number of Premier League players with all 23 of Fabio Capello's squad playing in the top flight. The coach is pinning his hopes on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to have completely recovered from his ankle injury, while Gareth Barry travels despite doubts surrounding his ankle.

They are followed by France and the USA on seven each. Nigeria have six following the withdrawal of John Obi Mikel through injury.

The preliminary squads were whittled down to 23 on 1st June. These names must all come from the squads already submitted.

However countries may replace players up to 24 hours before their first match - and these substitute names do not have to come from the initial list of 30.

That means there is still a chance for the likes of Ben Foster, Gary Neville, Ashley Young, Joleon Lescott or others to get a late call-up for the England squad.

Likewise Arsenal's Samir Nasri or Patrick Vieira of Manchester City could yet make the France squad after their slightly surprising omissions by coach Raymond Domenech who will be replaced by Laurent Blanc after the tournament.

With the likes of Rooney, Carlos Tevez and (fitness permitting) Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres on show, the 2010 World Cup looks set to be lit up by Barclays Premier League stars.

The Premier League will also be represented in South Africa by Howard Webb who will be England's refereeing representative with assistants Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann.

For a full run-down of Barclays Premier League players at the World Cup and a preview of each pool, click on the group names below.

Group A - France, South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay

Group B - Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece

Group C - England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia

Group D - Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana

Group E - Holland, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon

Group F - Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia

Group G - Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal

Group H - Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

(Headline News Premier League, 2010)

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Kroniz defeated again

31st Mei: Kroniz blew their world cup preparation into turmoil once more with the hammering by Peguma Fc at Kebajikan Field.

A truly astonishing afternoon exploded into life once Peguma Fc had put the ball three times in the goals before the break.

At about that point, kroniz's world imploded. After their midweek to Wasabi, Kroniz were eager to re-established their ability, it was an opportunity to reinforce their credentials.

Although Kroniz were not at their best, they monopolised early possession in the second half with two goals by Arch and.........

Given that backdrop, Kroniz could have been forgiven for thinking it was 'job done'. For a team that had offered so little in the opening 40 minutes, it was a quite astonishing change of fortunes.

However Peguma took advantage of the huge holes now apparent in the Kroniz rearguard, a simple close range finish following a swift break. With that goal, it was too little to late to prevent another defeat of the season. Kroniz Fc 2 Peguma Fc 4.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Only kroniz can beat kroniz.

27 Mei: Kroniz went down fighting as they battled to be defeated by Wasabi Fc at MD field at friday afternoon courtesy of a superb display by two of kroniz players which played for Wasabi. The two young guns were Nasrin and Yazid who was loaned to wasabi fc that afternoon due to wasabi Fc lack of players.

Wasabi Fc looked to be cruising when Nasrin scored for Wasabi inside 20 minutes but zainal pulled one back for kroniz with a lovely loop before the break.

In the second half Wasabi scored again this time by Yazid and Roslan scored a screamer to pull back level. However with nasrin and Yazid run riot at kroniz defence and was breached again and again to make it 4-2 and with fighting sprit and not lying down kroniz close the gap again with another low shot form Roslan to make it 4-3.

Kroniz were simply giving Wasabi too much space and they paid for it again before the final whistle for the final score line of 5-3 to Wasabi Fc. The decision to loaned the two players was regretted by kroniz and lesson learned from that decision.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

An astonishing win for Kroniz

15 Mei: Kroniz preparation for World Cup 2010 took astonishing outcome by hammering Pasukan hal Ehwal Masjid (PHEM) at Kebajikan Field.

A truly astonishing afternoon exploded into life once with both sides played fast and hard soccer in a wet and slippery field however PTEM had put the themselves in front in the 25th minute. Given that backdrop, PHEM could have been forgiven for thinking it was 'job done' with the goal.

But then, Kroniz were at their best, they monopolised early possession and could have been in front when Rahim turned onto an off-target zainal effort and fired a first-time shot over the bar from six yards.

At about that point, PTEM's world imploded. Their goalkeeper failed to keep out routine shots from Aliuddin just before the interval to make it 1-1.

In the second half, Bob spotted Zulkarnaen's perfectly-timed run in a flash and once through, there was never any real doubt the midfielder would beat PHEM keeper, which he did with a precise shot into the corner to lead 2-1.

Within 10 minutes after that goal, kroniz had scored again. With Kroniz had plenty of men forward Zukarnaen appeared to do everything right, Kroniz are relying on Zulkernaen at a crucial stage of the game and there could only be concerned frowns on the home bench as Zulkernaen bicycle kick shot that turned into a goal for a 3-1 lead.

A corner for PHEM in the 60th minute, ensuring the PHEM players was guarded as tight as possible however when a header eventually came flew into the far corner to close the gap 3-2.

For a player that had not scored on this ground before Jamri had offered so little in the opening minute but it was a quite astonishing change of fortunes. He took advantage of the huge holes now apparent in the PHEM rearguard, a long range finish following a corner to make it 4-2. An astonishing game which ended another win for Kroniz.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

8 Mei: Bab saw his Kroniz side played with devastating style against SOAS Fc at SOAS Field. But perhaps more importantly for the manager is to win after two heavy defeats. The returned of Gnal after a month out of action due to injuries probably played a part in the win hehe.

Alinordi scored his first hattrick of the season while Gnoh and Asri also weighed in with a brace for Kroniz to secured a comfortable 5 -2 victory.

Kroniz dominate the first half with kroniz keeper Jul played an inspiring display to keep the goal intact. Asri found the net after being released by Nizam, in the 10 minutes to led 1-0. However, SOAS Fc pulled a goal back two minutes from the first half whistle to tie the score 1-1 in the first half.

In the second half, Kroniz maintained the momentum and SOAS FC again found themselves on the back foot with Alinordi firing on target following good link up play involving Gnoh and Arch.

Kroniz went 3-1 ahead in the 70th minute when Gnoh was left unmarked as Asri swung in a corner. He scored with a firm downward header and the ball crossed the line.

SOAS fc responded immediately making it 3-2 in the 75th minute when the SOAS striker shot from a distance with Jul out of position.

Kroniz extended their lead in the 80th minute after alinordi got on the end of a free-kick from Bab.

Kroniz went further ahead in the 85th minute with Alinordi shrugging off a couple of half-hearted challenges before sending a shot beyond the despairing SOAS keeper. The final score Kroniz 5- SOAS Fc 2.

9 aside friendly

28 April; With two heavy defeats in a row Kronizs turned their attention into a different ball game of 9 aside football at at DMW Primary school at Lambak. The friendly with ECA Dept was played in a wet condition but the artificial pitch does not impact the quality of the game. Kroniz started brighty in the game with a one nil lead however the inexperience of playing a 9 aside football cost kroniz the game. A few time kroniz's players try to pull offside traps in a game of no offside. The game see-saw with lots of goals from both side. The game ended with 12 -8 to ECA dept however the score line did not matters as both side have a fun outing. Asri Kroniz player score at five goals in the game to the extend that he damage his shoe.

Another game another heavy defeat.

24 April: Today saw kroniz fought with guts in a game against The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) at Kebajikan Field. MORA is preparing themselves for the inter ministry tournament, one of the biggest sporting events in Brunei. On the bright side in this game most of Kroniz players is available. The game started brightly for kroniz however the players just could not convert the chances available. MORA on the other hand, played with determination to show that they are one of the strongest team among the Ministries. Luck was not on kroniz side and finally the gave up in the second half. MORA took advantage of the situation and the final score was another heavy defeat with the score line 5-0.

Ripin friends FC demolish kroniz

16 April: Kroniz Fc could not survive the on slough of Ripin Frineds FC (RFFC) with a demoralizing defeat of 4 -0 at MD Field. With only nine players available for the game kroniz were at disadvantage throughout the game. Kroniz did fought bravely throughout the game. For kroniz's the numbers just doesn't matter. In fact the sheer determination of the players to subdue RFFC earned the respect of the opponent. With the scoreline 0-0 in the first half Kroniz only broke down in the second half. An injured Kroniz player Gnal watching from the sideline commented that " throughtout the game kroniz played as if there were 11 players in the field its heart broken when all you could do is watch the game from the sideline and could not even play however I'll be back" he said.

Cerita minyak dan sempadan

A tale of two oil blocks

The 2009 agreement between Malaysia and Brunei over territorial dispute has come under intense criticism for supposedly putting the former at a disadvantage. But is the picture being painted the correct one?

THE historic Exchange of Letters between Brunei and Malaysia, which ended two decades of territorial dispute between the two countries, was controversial from the day one.

Reporters who covered the March 16 event in Brunei last year and had filed their stories with their respective papers were stumped on their flight home – headlines like “Brunei denies Malaysia’s Limbang story” and “Limbang issue never discussed” were splashed across Bruneian newspapers available on the plane.

Just two days before, then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had signed the Exchange of Letters (essentially an agreement between countries) and had proudly told newsmen that Brunei had dropped its claim over Limbang in Sarawak as a result of the agreement.

But the Bruneian newspapers, quoting Brunei’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister II Pehin Lim Jock Seng, effectively denied Abdullah’s version of the agreement.

A little more than a year later, the agreement is still creating controversy.

This time, not only is the status of Limbang being questioned. The other major point of the agreement, that concerning the dispute over maritime territories, beneath which could lie billions of ringgit worth of oil and gas, is also being scrutinised.

The severe lack of information concerning the agreement has created opportunities to fan confusion and emotions among Malaysians. But thanks to the recent prodding by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Government has been forced to let more details out into the public domain.

With the information now available, it may be possible to see if Malaysia has benefited from the deal, or otherwise.

Let’s deal with the Limbang issue first. Brunei’s Lim was right to say that nowhere in the 2009 agreement was the word “Limbang” mentioned.

Reacting to Brunei’s denial, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who was then Foreign Minister, confirmed that Limbang was not mentioned in the agreement.

“But what was agreed to was for five historical border treaties between Brunei and Sarawak to be adhered to. This effectively makes the Limbang issue no more,” he said.

Two of the five treaties – one signed in 1920 and the other in 1933 – directly concerned Limbang. They established the border between Limbang and Brunei where it is today. As the border now places Limbang inside Malaysia, Brunei’s act of agreeing to follow the two agreements effectively means it agreed to let Limbang remain Malaysian. Once the demarcation of the border is completed, Limbang would be without question part of Sarawak.

So why the initial uproar by Brunei? One view is that it was not too happy with Malaysia quickly saying that it had got Limbang. It is extremely sensitive to the Bruneians as its loss in 1890 resulted in the Sultanate being split into two parts.

“Furthermore, they did not go around thumping their chests saying that they now got the oil that we wanted,” one commentator said. Nevertheless, he pointed out that Brunei’s Lim did not actually deny the statement that the Sultanate had dropped its claim over Limbang, indicating that there is no doubt that the claim had been dropped.

One of the points raised recently was whether Limbang was worth trading for the two oil-rich blocks. While the suggestion of such an exchange is wrong to begin with, the importance of Malaysia getting the isolated Limbang district should still not be downplayed.

A rather interesting but possibly exaggerated scenario was given by a historian. Brunei’s claim over Limbang, he pointed out, is based on the “unfair treaty” of 1890 between its Sultan and the White Rajahs of Sarawak.

“Brunei lost Limbang in an unfair treaty. But there is a school of thought that all treaties between the White Rajahs of Sarawak and Brunei, which resulted in Brunei losing the whole of Sarawak and the west coast of Sabah, were also unfair.

“After Limbang, could Kuching – or Kota Kinabalu for that matter – be claimed?” he queried.

Maritime territorial claims

Let’s move on to the maritime territorial claims and the two oil blocks.

Malaysia’s claim over the stretch of South China Sea where the two oil-rich exploitation blocks – named Blocks L and M by Malaysia (but were named as Blocks J and K by Brunei) – are located, and which Brunei claims to be its exclusive economic zone, has been described as akin to a person claiming ownership of the front yard of his neighbour’s house.

In 1979, Malaysia published a map showing its maritime territories. Whether rightly or wrongly, the map denied Brunei most of its territorial waters.

The UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (Unclos), of which both Brunei and Malaysia are signatories, gives all countries with coastlines the right to claim territorial waters up to a certain distance from the coastline. Malaysia’s 1979 map clearly did not conform to that provision as far as Brunei’s right to territorial waters was concerned.

It took four long days after the controversy blew up – after Abdullah and Petronas had issued statements – for Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry to state unequivocally that Malaysia’s dropping of its claim over the two oil blocks and the rest of Brunei’s territorial waters was based on sound international law.

There was no “signing away” of the two blocks because Malaysia could never have owned them in the first place. It would now seem unlikely that the two blocks could have been a major bargaining chip for Malaysia to get Limbang.

Malaysia awarded a concession over the two blocks to Petronas Carigali and Murphy Oil in 2003 as an assertion of its claim over the area, just as Brunei awarded concessions to six international companies to assert its claim over the same area.

But because of the dispute over sovereignty, none of the companies could start drilling for anything.

In March 2003, Murphy’s boat was chased away by a Bruneian gunboat and the following month, the Malaysian navy sent several gunboats into the area to block the arrival of a ship owned by Total, one of the companies awarded the concession by Brunei.

It was clear that not a drop of oil or a whiff of gas could be extracted from the area without the deadlock being resolved.

For more than half of the duration of the dispute, Dr Mahathir was Prime Minister. Going by what he has been saying recently, it is no surprise that there was no breakthrough in negotiations during that time.

However, as the realisation that no one would gain if the deadlock continued, pressure to move on started mounting.

A senior diplomat familiar with the negotiations said one of the things which broke the deadlock was when Malaysia indicated that it was willing to “discuss” its claim over the disputed waters.

Compromises were made by both sides and, because of the spirit of neighbourliness and close cultural ties, the matter was finally settled in late 2008. Malaysia recognised Brunei’s ownership of the disputed waters while the legality of the land border between Sarawak and Brunei – with Limbang remaining in Malaysia – would no longer be raised again by Brunei.

Despite Brunei becoming the owner of the oil and gas from the two blocks, the 2009 agreement allowed Malaysia to jointly exploit the resources of the area for 40 years. Petronas has confirmed that it has been invited by Brunei to take part in the development of the area.

Unlike two other existing “sharing agreements” – that between Malaysia and Thailand, and Malaysia and Vietnam – the one with Brunei is unique. In the two earlier cases, sovereignty of the overlapping area is still in dispute but with Brunei, this issue has been settled.

The cake is Brunei’s but Malaysia’s got a significant slice of it. More importantly, after waiting for 20 years, the two countries no longer need to wait further to start eating it.

Leong Shen-li, the senior news editor in The Star, is one of the reporters who covered the signing of the Exchange of Letters. He also has a big fascination for border disputes.

1890: Brunei gives up Limbang to Sarawak’s second White Rajah Charles Brooke, splitting the Sultanate into two parts.

1979: Malaysia publishes map of its territorial waters. Map denies Brunei of any territorial waters in the South China Sea beyond the depth of 100 fathoms (182m), leaving Brunei with just a narrow strip of territorial waters, and claims the entire area beyond 100 fathoms as belonging to it.

1984: Brunei gains independence from Britain. It claims a 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone which overlaps with the territorial waters claimed by Malaysia as shown in the 1979 map.

2003: Malaysia awards Petronas Carigali and Muphy Oil production contracts for the disputed Blocks L and M which lie within areas claimed by Brunei. Brunei also awards production contracts to Total, BHP Biliton and Hess for one block, and to Shell, ConocoPhilips and Mitsubishi for the other block.

March 2003: Brunei gunboats chase away Murphy Oil’s boat. One month later, Malaysian Navy gunboats prevent a Total boat from entering disputed area. All exploration work is suspended by both sides.

2009: Brunei and Malaysia sign Exchange of Letters to settle their land and maritime territorial disputes after more than 30 sessions of negotiations.

With the 2009 Exchange of Letters, Brunei and Malaysia agreed to establish their common border in two ways:

> By following five border treaties which were signed between 1920 and 1939.

> By filling the gaps not covered by the five treaties by following the “watershed” principle. This effectively means that there would not be any major deviation from the current border between Malaysia and Brunei. As Limbang is currently in Malaysian hands, there would be no change in its status once the demarcation process is completed.

1. The 1920 treaty establishes the eastern boundary of Limbang with Brunei along the entire length of the Pandaruan River.

2. The 1933 treaty establishes part of Limbang’s western boundary with Brunei along the watershed of the Brunei and Limbang Rivers “until a point west of Gadong Hill”.

3. The 2009 Exchange of Letters will fill in the gaps in the border according to the watershed principle.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Kroniz Fc awesome come back with 2 -0 win.

9th April: Youngstar FC veterans were handed a devastating defeat following a 0-2 defeat to Kroniz Fc at Barakas Camp mini Stadium on Friday night.

Bob and Alinordi scored the two goals of the game in the second half to claim a morale boosting win for the Kronizs after two heavy defeats.

The gallant performance shown by Kroniz should be credited, as they carefully followed the instructions given by their ex manager and took the game to their opponents.

“That was what we were trying to do, and the team did well by closing them down without giving them time while they were on the ball,” revealed the ex manager who is now out of action for at least three weeks due to ankle tendon tear.

In what was probably the best game Kroniz had played this season, with their slick passing and stout defending.

Youngstar Fc veterans with most of the players were ex national team have a busy outing, and they was often in the thick of the action against their nemesis of the evening – Kroniz, who ensured their presence on the field would not go unnoticed.

By the time the game had progressed to this stage, it was clear that the Kroniz were having the upper hand with the kind of fluid passing game.

Twenty five minutes into the second half, Bob finally broke the Youngstar fc veterans defence.

In a reversal of usual roles, midfielder Arch played provider from the right flank, but playmaker showed a lack of composure in front of goal when he was blocked and entangled by his marker however the ball rolled nicely for Bob to slot it home hard and low for a 1 nil lead.

To be fair, Youngstar Fc did gradually find their footing in the second half, however for large parts of the second 45 minutes, they were limited to mounting their offensives from dead-ball situations.

A free kick on the 85 minutes, saw midfielder Alinordi decisive shot that flew past all the blue shirts wall, including the keeper at the near post, putting Kroniz two goal up.

“I think the best team won today and that team is Kroniz, as they played better than Youngstar Fc veterans,” Kroniz manager said.

When enquired on the subject of injured and suspended personnel limiting his options, “Yes, these are problems, which meant I had to make changes to my tactics with the help of kroniz ex manager.

“But this is football. Having said that, we know we lost two previous games, this should not be an excuse,” he concluded.

“It was a good effort against a tough quality opponent that we all know Youngstar Fc Veterans is,” said Nizam.

“Today we got it all right and I hope it continues. I don’t know how they put in the effort, but it was really pleasing, as they showed they are different class and, after losing two games, the character the lads had to come back was awesome.”