| Fadhil Yunus |
SEVENTEEN teams will compete in the upcoming Brunei DST FA Cup 2018/2019 following a draw ceremony at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) House yesterday.
The competition will commence with the playoffs involving all eight DST Premier League teams with Rimba Star FC meeting Seri Wira FC at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on January 25. Panchor Murai will lock horns against Tabuan Muda at the Berakas Sports Complex on the same night.
DPMM FC will play against Rainbow FC at the Jerudong Park Mini Stadium on January 27 with the match between Jerudong FC and BSRC FT also taking place simultaneously at the Berakas Sports Complex.
The playoff winners as well as the three top losers will advance to the main draw of the competition where teams from the DST Super League await them.
Indera SC will begin their title defence against Najip FC while record winners MS ABDB will play the second top playoff loser. Last season finalists MS PDB are handed a draw against the third top playoff loser.
Wijaya FC, champions in 2002, and Kasuka FC provide the recipe for a mouth-watering encounter.
According to the Acting Competitions Director of NFABD Metussin Sumpong, participation for this year’s FA Cup only comprised DST Super League and Premier League teams.
During a briefing of the rules and regulations, Metussin stated that each team must list out players who are registered in the DST Super League and Premier League.
He added that each match must be in compliance of the laws of the game which has been prepared by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and gazetted by FIFA.
This edition will see the golden goal rule being enforced after extra time in an event of the match finishing in a draw in normal time.
Each team is allowed to register a maximum of seven officials and only five is designated a place in the bench.
The draw was conducted by the Club Licensing Manager Shahnon Salleh.