NFABD begins search for players to form national team

Fadhil Yunus

The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has initiated the process of assembling a national team following a training session for potential players at the NFABD Football Field in Berakas last night.

The training session featured players who are based in domestic clubs from the Brunei Super League (BSL), of which the list of players is obtained from Technical Director Sivaji Narayan, and is accompanied with an experienced coaching management.

This was shared by Assistant Coach Haji Mohammad Halimi bin Haji Abu Bakar in an interview with the media at the NFABD House in conjunction with the training session.

The youngest player in the training session is an 18-year old while the oldest player is Sairol Sahari, who is listed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

“As informed by the Technical Director, the AFF Suzuki Cup could be held in April next year so we have time to look for new talents who will be absorbed into the national team.”

Players taking part in a training session PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“We have been given a mandate to hold a training session and find talented players to take part in the AFF Suzuki Cup or any competitions which are organised by FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC),” he further added.

The coaching team also boasted international experience led by Mohammad Ali bin Mustafa as head coach backed by assistant coaches Haji Mohammad Halimi and Haji Zainuddin bin Kasim.

Ali previously managed the Brunei under-16 team in an international competition while Haji Zainuddin had been in charge for the national team in World Cup qualifying.

The coaching line-up also included fitness coach Pengiran Sallehuddin bin Pengiran Haji Damit and goalkeeper coach Sabri bin Haji Ismail.

According to Haji Mohammad Halimi, training will be held for four consecutive days until next Monday.

The assistant coach shared that the objective of training is to assess the credibility and ability of the players.

“We want to see the understanding of the player on the training and tactics which we provide according to the current standards,” he added.

On his hopes for the team, he said, “Insya Allah, we want to see our nation succeed and as a coach, I want to see our troops succeed and position Brunei in the world map.”

Among the fresh faces included Wijaya FC goalkeeper Awangku Ashraf bin Pengiran Jaledi and Kasuka FC talent Aisan Aizudin.