Brunei football aims to be on par with top teams

Fadhil Yunus

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan shared the desire to make Brunei on par with top teams in the region and the continent.

“Leading towards Vision 2035, NFABD in its long strategic planning intends to expand domestic football activities to produce players and teams who can compete.”

Pengiran Haji Matusin said this during the opening of a new office for the Tutong District Amateur Football Association (TDAFA) at the Bangunan Haji Abdul Malik dan Anak-Anak in Kampong Petani, Tutong yesterday.

He said, “We will make systematic preparations to produce a team that can compete, but this can only be done with the cooperation of NFABD and stakeholders who want to see progress in the sultanate.”

The TDAFA is responsible to develop football mainly in the Tutong District.

Besides obtaining space for a new office, the president said efforts could include acquiring their own football field or site.

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan officiates the opening of Tutong District Amateur Football Association’s (TDAFA) new office. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“But that is a long-term strategy. If we all share the same thoughts and devote our efforts, then this will not be impossible. We can realise this so football can go further in the Tutong district and in the country.

“I hope TDAFA,other district associations and NFABD will take the proper steps to develop football sustainably.”

He also said that NFABD is capable of providing assistance to its members including the district associations.

The world’s governing body FIFA, the continental governing body Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and regional governing body Asean Football Federation (AFF) take care of associations affiliated to them.

“NFABD did receive this assistance and is able to extend this assistance to its members. It is appropriate that the district football associations help the NFABD to develop football in the country in matters such as headquarters and other infrastructures.

“The facilities provided to TDAFA today are intended for other district associations where negotiations have already taken place and we are awaiting their response.”

The president expressed confidence that the district associations have already made preparations to obtain space for a main office. He congratulated TDAFA for taking early steps and expressed hopes that the establishment will help make them more active.

Meanwhile, President of TDAFA Haji Takong bin Ahmad said, “Previously, the association had its office lent by the Tutong District Youth Council. As the room is required by the council, TDAFA handed over the room to them.”

Despite not having own office, the TDAFA President said activities were still carried out including organising a football and futsal league, the national sports festival and the under-16 league and holding a training scheme for players aged 12.

“With the availability of a new office, the committee members will be able to plan and conduct more activities.”