DPMM FC star featured in AFC’s ‘Break the Chain’ campaign

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam and DPMM FC star Shahrazen Said joined forces with the Asian footballing community in raising public awareness in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic after he featured in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) ‘Break the Chain’ video campaign.

The video campaign, an initiative from the AFC, has involved more than 150 Asian players and officials from 45 AFC member associations.

The campaign continues to garner overwhelming support from Asia’s football icons by offering inspiring message of hope and solidarity in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic as well as to encourage global communities to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Shahrazen, who is a two-time Singapore league winner, said, “We have been through tough times in the past and the COVID-19 has affected the lives of everyone around the world. But, we still see countless acts of kindness of people helping vulnerable communities and being a light in the darkness which has given us huge encouragement.”

The DPMM FC forward became the first Bruneian football representative to be featured in the widely acclaimed campaign, which has been a platform to offer support and encouragement to the frontliners during these unprecedented times.

DPMM FC forward Shahrazen Said during a training session. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“I want to thank every selfless doctor and nurse who works on the frontline and to those carrying out essential roles. The virus knows no borders, and the same goes for our fight against it,” said the AFC Solidarity Cup 2016 top scorer.

Shahrazen also called for everyone to do their part and follow the personal hygiene guidelines by the WHO.

He added, “The journey on the road to recovery will take time but together we will win this battle.”

The forward featured in the latest episode alongside Yemen national team midfielder Aiman Al Hagri and Kuwait’s Omar Ali Hebaiter.

Other high-profiled names that have featured in the campaign included former South Korea international Park Ji-sung, Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan and Qatar’s AFC Cup winner Almoez Ali.

Besides the Break the Chain campaign, the AFC has also launched the Stay Active campaign, which aims to promote the World Health Organization’s call to keep fit, stay healthy and practise physical distancing.