| Fadhil Yunus |
THE Standard Chartered Trophy 2015 Brunei qualifying kicked off at the National Indoor Stadium, Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex in Berakas last night.
The Standard Chartered Trophy 2015 is an international 5-a-side indoor football tournament (futsal) where the first phase will be local tournaments held at participating countries.
Present to officially launch the Standard Chartered Trophy 2015 was Haji Abdul Malik bin Haji Mohammad, Director of Youth and Sports at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Rino Donosepoetro, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei said: “We are extremely delighted that Brunei will be represented among the 19 participating markets who are also vying for a chance to advance to Anfield and I am extremely hopefully that we will be one of those countries who will make it through”.
Nineteen countries have been globally selected to run local qualifying tournaments and select winning teams. The winning teams will then advance to the regional stages to compete against other countries.
The winning teams from the regional stage of the SC Trophy will then go on to the finals, held at Anfield Stadium in the United Kingdom.
This is the fourth time that the Standard Chartered Trophy tournament has been organised and this season sees Vietnam defending their title from last season.
The winning team from the Brunei qualifying will compete in a regional tournament which will be held in Kuala Lumpur on March 28 against representatives from Malaysia and Thailand.
The regional winners will face an once-in-a-lifetime experience of playing the SC Trophy finals at Anfield and competing against other countries for the main trophy. In addition to the tournament, participants can also look forward to an exclusive training session at the Liverpool FC Academy with the club’s coaches and LFC Legends.
On Sept 14, 2009, Liverpool and Standard Chartered Bank announced a four-year deal which saw the bank become the club’s main sponsor. In July 2013, a two- year extension was announced, lasting until the end of the 2015/ 2016 season.
The Standard Chartered Trophy 2015 is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and endorsed by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam.