Brunei’s AFF venue changed to neutral ground

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

THE venue for Brunei Darussalam national football team’s much-anticipated first leg match against Timor Leste in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup Qualification Round has been changed to Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras, Malaysia on September 1 which was confirmed by organisers, according to a report from the AFF website.

The first leg was originally scheduled at the National Stadium in Dili, Timor Leste but the venue has been plagued with concerns over floodlighting despite being close to match readiness.

The second leg of the qualification round will be held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on September 8 with the winning team over the two-legged qualification round matches earning a berth in the group stage of the tournament in November.

They will join the defending champions in ‘Group B’ along with Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

File photo shows Brunei’s Rosmin Kamis (L) challenging for the ball with a Timor Leste player during an AFF match. – AFF

Group ‘A’ is made up of Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

The opening round of the group matches will be held on November 8 with the final on December 15.

The tournament will officially start with Cambodia taking on Malaysia while Laos will meet Vietnam on November 8.

Brunei Darussalam’s first appearance in the tournament came in 1996 where they registered one win against the Philippines 1-0 courtesy of Irwan.