Wijaya FC begin work on football field

Fadhil Yunus

Wijaya FC have resumed their training activities at outdoor sports facilities in the country in accordance to strict health protocols following the latest guidelines of the de-escalation especially on team sports.

The Brunei Super League outfit held a training session with the supervision of a coach at the Ong Sum Ping Field yesterday.

The resumption of training activities come following the revised guidelines for team sports which allows an increased group size of 15 individuals but only limited for training programmes only.

Under the latest phase of de-escalation, sharing of equipment and minimal contact are allowed. Organised matches and competitions are still not allowed.

The use of balls in training has been welcomed. Previously teams only focussed on fitness training, specifically on running.

Wijaya FC players during a training session. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Club custodian Jamrin Johari and experienced player Afindi Yati Tuah were among the familiar faces during the club’s latest training session.

At the start of the training session, players warmed-up and jogged around the venue before taking part in simple routines including short and long passes.

Wijaya have also been training at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Artificial Football Field as they step up their training frequency.

The Brunei Super League, the country’s top flight, is currently suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but domestic clubs across the country are now looking to gain sharpness following the gradual easing of restrictions.

Wijaya, who won the league in 2003, currently sit in sixth place with an unbeaten record of one win and one draw before the suspension of the league.

They started the campaign with a 2-1 win against MS PPDB last February before holding reigning league champions MS ABDB to a 1-1 draw.