Brunei face Kasuka FC in first live football match

James Kon

After over a year without local football action, fans will return to watch a live match between the Brunei Darussalam’s national team and Kasuka FC at the Track and Field of Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex tonight.

It will be the first match organised following the implementation of the Level 5 (new normal) de-escalation plan announced by the government earlier this month.

Kasuka FC, who are representing Brunei in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, will not take the match lightly with plans to field five of their foreign players – Japanese goalkeeper Shota Aada, Ghanaian defender Samuel Kojo, Nigerian midfielder Babatunde Fatai, Ivory Coast’s midfielder Franck Alwin Yapo and Liberian froward Leon Sullivan Taylor.

Kasuka FC assistant coach Haji Mohammad Halimi bin Haji Abu Bakar said, “This match will be a good preparation for us for the upcoming AFC Cup, where we will face FC Chanthabouly, formerly Lao Toyota FC on April 20.

“Hence, this will be a good game for us to look at where we are. We have been training since January, and we will play against the best footballers in Brunei Darussalam,” he said.

FROM LEFT: National goalkeeping coach Atsushi Hanita, Brunei national team manager Pengiran Haji Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin, NFABD media officer Waqiuddin Rajak, Kasuka FC manager Haji Shariful Bahrin and Kasuka FC assistant coach Haji Mohammad Halimi bin Haji Abu Bakar at the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

Meanwhile, after Kasuka FC, Brunei national team manager Pengiran Haji Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin shared that they will play against an all-star team comprising the best footballers in the Brunei Super League next Tuesday.

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam media officer Waqiuddin Rajak said the match will only allow 500 fans in the venue, adhering to the directives by the Ministry of Health. Fans are required to check their temperature at the entrance and must wear face masks.

National goalkeeping coach Atsushi Hanita and Kasuka FC manager Haji Shariful Bahrin were also present at the conference.

Tickets, at BND5 each, will be available two hours before the match. All proceeds will go to local charitable organisations.