NFABD President lauds AFC’s Break the Chain campaign

Fadhil Yunus

The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matusin lauded the Break the Chain video campaign, an initiative recently launched by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to raise public awareness to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The NFABD signalled their full commitment in complying with the government’s measure in curbing the spread of the pandemic with the suspension of the Brunei Super League last month. An immediate cancellation of organised training sessions for all domestic clubs also followed in a reaction to the government’s measure.

With the suspension of the league, which only commenced in late February, Brunei subsequently joined the global football lockdown demonstrated by a stay-at-home initiative.

“FIFA/AFC/AFF are doing the right thing. FIFA President (Gianni Infantino) emphasised that health comes first. It’s not just for the individual but the community at large, said the president.

He added, “NFABD took prompt action to suspend Liga Brunei and earlier, the team’s travel to Japan for the JENESYS tournament, heeding the advice from our authorities.”

File photo shows NFABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“NFABD encourages members to be equally vigilant by observing and heeding all advice especially the Ministry of Health (MoH) while maintain their fitness and condition. We will restart the League once the conditions permit.”

The country’s professional club DPMM FC is also in an enforced break from the Singapore Premier League (SPL).

The Break the Chain campaign has attracted more than 100 iconic players and officials in Asian football including Australia and Brighton shot-stopper Matthew Ryan, Qatar’s AFC Asian Cup winner Almoez Ali and Indian national team captain Sunil Chettri.

The campaign encourages people to adopt best hygiene practices as underlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and inspire hope and solidarity in these challenging times.

Meanwhile, AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in a message to all member associations, urged all members to follow the advice of the WHO to exercise the highest levels of hygiene. He said some members have also declared a “work from home” initiative.

The president continued, “The AFC has built its strong foundations on unity and solidarity – particularly in the face of adversity – during the last six years and this situation is another challenge which we will take on together to protect not only our communities but also the future of our game.”