A boost for Brunei football

James Kon

The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) will soon have new facilities after signing an agreement under the FIFA Forward Development programme with Gemilang Latif Associates at the MPH, Level 1, NFABD House yesterday.

Gemilang Latif Associates will oversee the construction of NFABD’s new technical centre and mini grandstand. The project, estimated at USD2.1 million, is expected to be completed by December 2021.

The FIFA Forward Development programme is aimed at facilitating football growth and development within FIFA member countries and confederation.

NFABD President Pengiran Haji Metusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan signed on behalf of the association with NFABD General Secretary Mohammad Shahnon bin Haji Mohd Salleh as the witness while Mahri bin Haji Latif signed on behalf of Gemilang Latif Associates witnessed by Haji Zariful bin Haji Mohammad.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said also witnessed the signing.

NFABD President Pengiran Haji Metusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan and Mahri bin Haji Latif of Gemilang Latif Associates exchange documents as Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said looks on. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

“We witnessed a historic moment with the signing of the FIFA Forward Project 1.0 awarded to the NFABD through the FIFA initiative,” said Pengiran Haji Metusin. “We are grateful for the support from the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to provide the land and the committee’s hard work.”

The technical centre will provide local footballers a systemised technical setting to arrange training regimes and other programmes while the mini grandstand will provide the NFABD more opportunities to host events on home ground.

“We can develop better players for the future. We have a lot of international and domestic tournaments. Our league was scrapped because of COVID-19, which we hope to start in 2021,” Pengiran Haji Metusin said. “We engaged a new technical director and referee director. We will soon engage a new national coach to put Brunei football on better footing. We want to be respected and not fall behind during games.”