Brunei top referee Abdul Hakim set for duty in Cambodia

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s internationally certified referee Abdul Hakim bin Mohd Haidi has been appointed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to embark on a highly profiled assignment in the first leg of the 2020 AFC Cup playoff round at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia tomorrow.

The AFC-accredited referee has been assigned as a fourth official in the first leg tie between Svay Rieng FC of Cambodia and Master 7 of Laos.

Abdul Hakim, who is listed as one of FIFA international match officials, has been active with his officiating duties overseas since 2018 but his work only centred mostly in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) sub-region.

His first assignment after being accredited as a FIFA referee was the AFF Under-16 Youth Championship in July 2018.

However, his first break since getting internationally certified came in the AFF Championship in November 2018 when he was assigned as a fourth official in a group stage match between Laos and Myanmar.

The country’s most-profiled referee has also been appointed as a match referee in the AFF Under-23 Championship last February and the AFF Under-16 Youth Championship last year.

Following his duty in Cambodia, Abdul Hakim will make a brief return to continental competition in some capacity as an AFC-accredited referee in Myanmar next month.

The match between Svay Rieng and Master 7 is one of many AFC playoff ties that will be scheduled including two other matches in the ASEAN Zone.

Abdul Hakim bin Mohd Haidi at the Brunei International Airport yesterday. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS