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FABD keen to increase pool of quality referees

Fadhil Yunus

The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) expressed hopes to add talented individuals with potential to complement and supplement the competent and ageing pool of referees in the Sultanate.

FABD Deputy President Haji Salleh Bostaman bin Haji Zainal Abidin highlighted this during the closing ceremony of the Basic Football Referee Course for 2021-2022 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of FABD House on Jalan Pusat Persidangan yesterday.

“The basic course is a pre-requisite requirement for every individual who want to officiate a football match,” he said.

“To become a referee, you need to have competency, integrity and the stamina. On the competency side, you need to know the rules of the game.

“The rules of the game of modern football have changed that it is not the same year in and year out.

FABD Deputy President Haji Salleh Bostaman bin Haji Zainal Abidin presents a certificate to a participant.

“The officiating referee will have to act fairly with integrity knowing very well the rules of the game.

Despite having integrity and stamina, a referee who does not possess knowledge of the rules of the game will be the cause in the disruption of a match.

The deputy president also shared that becoming a referee can be made as a profession and can be chosen as a career.

He also called participants to build on their progress and pursue higher qualifications and expressed hopes that they can lead and represent the country as a match official at a major international competition especially organised by FIFA or Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Meanwhile, FABD Referee Department Acting Head Sujairi bin Abdullah said, “The referee course aims to increase the number of football referees in line with the development of football in the country.

“It also aims to find young referees with potential that can support the current group of referees whereby the majority of them are ageing.”

Conducted by two local instructors Degat anak Chandau and Mohd Dzulkifli bin Haji Mohd Taib, the course attracted 21 participants.