Domestic football is back

Fadhil Yunus

The much-anticipated Brunei Super League season for 2021 is expected to commence on June 20 amid the return of domestic football since government measures were rolled out to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in March last year.

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Executive Committee member Morni bin Zakaria revealed the proposed opening date of the new season during a dialogue session with clubs at the Business Marketing Communication Centre of Kolej IGS in Kiulap last night.

The competition members have arranged a schedule in which the Brunei Super League will be held after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Morni said, “This will provide an opportunity to all parties not only the management but also to all clubs to make preparations for the upcoming league.”

The league will be played for one round which is set to conclude in October. He also revealed plans of organising the FA Cup later this year.

President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan speaks during a dialogue session with clubs. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Supporters are not allowed to attend the matches. Pre-match handshakes are also not allowed and celebrations which involve contact among teammates are not allowed.

Meanwhile, President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan said, “It has been nearly a year since football activities were suspended. Recalling on March 13 last year, all activities were instructed to be halted to provide an opportunity for the government to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Following the announcement of the Level 5 of the de-escalation plan last week, Pengiran Haji Matusin shared that all aspects of football are now allowed adding that the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam through the Technical Department has made the appropriate preparations especially in the aspect of competition.

He also advised all members who will be involved in the league to observe the standard operating procedures as set by the authorities.

The president also called for the clubs to brief its members including players to adhere to the standard operating procedures.

“Towards this, I hope that everyone will make tidy preparations to compete in the national league. We want our league to be competitive so we will provide opportunities to make the preparations.”

Representatives from local clubs, academies, district football associations, football academies as well as Brunei Darussalam coaches and referee associations were present.