Indera SC will play in play-off round of AFC Cup 2020

Fadhil Yunus

Indera SC will become the first local club to represent Brunei Darussalam in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2020 following the announcement of the play-off round against Myanmar side Yangon United FC.

The two-time Super League champions will replace reigning holders MS ABDB, who are ineligible to take part because they do not have an AFC license.

Indera, who finished fourth in the league last season, are the only local club that meet AFC conditions and therefore earned their place in the playoff round, the initial stage before the tournament proper.

Yangon United play their football in the Myanmar National League and are defending champions of the General Aung San Shield. The Brunei outfit will host the first leg on January 22 next year with the return leg slated on January 29.

Meanwhile, Indera have also acquired the services of former Sabah President Cup squad goalkeeper Tekson Tubeng for the upcoming Brunei Super League season.

The Keningau native was part of a young Sabah squad in 2016 and 2017, including representing the state in the Sukma Games in 2016.

The 23-year old recently won the KDM Malaysia League Cup with KDM Telupid where he was named as the competition’s best goalkeeper.

The club have stepped up preparations ahead of their maiden appearance at continental level through friendly matches against Sabah FA on December 13 and Tangkur FC a day later.

Local clubs have only been limited to domestic competitions and entry to AFC Cup will provide a welcoming boost to Brunei’s football.

Indera’s participation will provide opportunities to local players to play competitive football in Asia and test their abilities in the continental scene.

Indera SC players in a team photo. PHOTO: NFABD