Kasuka players return for club training after national call-up

Fadhil Yunus

Kasuka FC’s prospective national team players were reunited with the rest of their club teammates as football training resumed at Field ‘B’ of the Berakas Sports Complex recently.

The players were called up to attend a five-day national training camp at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Football Field during the FIFA calendar window earlier this month.

Forward Asri bin Aspar was among the players who are in contention of joining the national team that made an appearance during the training session.

The 24-year-old, who sits second in the all-time goal-scoring charts in the Brunei Super League (BSL), was also joined by the foreign imports.

The players that represented Kasuka during the call-up included defenders Sairol Sahari, Reduan Petra, and Nazhan Zulkifle, midfielder Aisan Aizuddin Abdullah Aiman and forward Hanif Aiman Adanan.

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

Among those who was seen in training was seasoned player Mardi Mirza Abdullah Bujang.

The Field ‘B’ of the Berakas Sports Complex has been known as the club’s training base.

The club followed rivals such as Indera SC, Wijaya FC and IKLS-MB5 FC to have conducted training sessions as teams waited for the return of competitive football.

Kasuka finished as runners-up last season, their highest-placed finish since the Brunei Super League was introduced in the 2012/2013 season.

During the training session, the players continued to work on their fitness and tactical plays in the absence of competitions.

The Brunei Super League clubs have not been able to see competitive action since the suspension of the league in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NFABD, the governing body of football in Brunei Darussalam, has since announced the cancellation of the league last Saturday as well as the under-16 and under-19 tournaments.

The league had only entered a second week when all football-related activities including training activities came to a halt with players having to adapt to home-based training.

With the re-opening of indoor and outdoor sports facilities nationwide, team sports were able to resume training initially with a group limit of five people.

Team sports in the country received a further boost when the group size was extended to 15 people. Sharing of equipment is also allowed now though with minimal level of contact.