Brunei football on the search for new head coach

Fadhil Yunus

The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) is on the lookout for a new head coach for the country’s senior football team with three candidates short-listed for the position.

This was said by NFABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan during a press conference at the NFABD House yesterday.

“NFABD is currently considering the appointment of Brunei football’s head coach. We have interviewed three candidates who are reputable in their respective ways. They are all excellent candidates with proven track records,” the president said.

Pengiran Haji Matusin also clarified that no decision has been made for the head coach position. “We can categorically say that we have not decided on any particular candidate,” he stressed.

The president said they are not only looking at the technical evaluation of the prospective coach but also the financial consideration before a decision is agreed.

“As soon as it is time to announce the successful candidate, we will do so and we hope that we pick the right man for the job.”

NFABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

The national football governing body expressed the desire to improve on the team’s current world ranking of 191st.

“We may not be world beaters in the next two to three years but we want to improve and play good football. We want to be in a respectable position and be seen as a formidable team.

“We’re not going to say that we’re going to beat Australia or Vietnam tomorrow but at least we give them a good run for their money.”

He highlighted the national team’s lack of preparation as one of the reasons why they had failed to showcase successful outings in the past.

“Part of the problem why we always fared badly was owing to the lack of preparation. We never prepared early enough for any major tournament.”

The association has held three national training camps in the last three months in line with the FIFA calendar window in preparation for international competitions.

“We want to engage a new coach as soon as possible so that he can prepare the team early for them to be match-fit.

“By doing all these, we hope the outcome will be different. We are doing this for the Brunei football fraternity so that we can have a team to be proud of.”

Former Malaysia head coach K Rajagobal is one of the shortlisted candidates for the position of Brunei’s national head coach.