Collective effort needed to improve Brunei football

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam is looking to improve all aspects of football and build on their current world ranking position, said new national head coach K Rajagobal.

“I know that the (NFABD) president has plans for the future. They have a long-term strategic plan to develop and improve, and help restore the trust and confidence to the football fans,” he said during an interview at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) House yesterday.

“It is going to be a challenge and I have come here to take the challenge. It’s an honour to come and take this job. I think everyone plays an important role to develop Brunei football. We know where the country lies in the ranking. We are trying to improve in all aspects to be more responsible and professional in the respective fields to see if we can improve the ranking.

“It is time to make the players and clubs believe and collectively put all the effort and realise the (NFABD) president’s vision. The whole nation should be there to support and see that at least Brunei improve in their ranking, improve competitively and that we get recognition from the Southeast Asian countries,” he added.

The new national coach also indicated the positive signs that the association have been taking in moving into the right direction.

Brunei Darussalam national coach K Rajagobal. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“Grassroots and districts programmes as well as coaching education and improving their knowledge are all positive things.

“The last two years we haven’t been playing internationally so we can’t come to a conclusion what is the performance. We know that the last match was the FIFA World Cup qualification (against Mongolia).”

Rajagobal shared future plans to arrange friendly matches once conditions permit.

“There haven’t been any games for us to evaluate the team’s performance. This is what we’re trying to do now and if all goes well we are trying to arrange some matches during the FIFA window or international break.

“We’re trying to gradually improve but I believe that if we are doing things in the right decision we will see an improvement.

“If there is a little bit of improvement, then these are positive signs. If we can move around and play, then we can expose players to play more matches and then we can evaluate where we are.”