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FABD looks to participate in this year’s AFF meets

Fadhil Yunus

The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) has highlighted their desire to participate in tournaments hosted by the Asean Football Federation (AFF) this year amid hopes to kickstart competitive football in the regional scene.

The national football governing body said that their participation will be subjected to the national teams’ capability to train and the approval to travel overseas.

The five main tournaments that FABD plans to take part are the AFF Under-23 Championship 2022 in Cambodia from February 14 to 26; AFF Futsal Championship 2022 in Thailand from April 2 to 10; AFF Futsal Club Championship in Thailand from August 22 to 28; AFF Under-16 Boys Championship 2022 in Indonesia from August 6 to 20; and the AFF Under-19 Boys Championship 2022 in Indonesia at the end of August.

FABD views these regional tournaments as an important platform to raise the standard of the national teams and individual footballers.

It also hoped that the participating players will take the opportunity to learn what they gain from the experience and use them to improve the quality of football in the country.

Brunei Darussalam’s last involvement with the AFF competitions was in 2019. FABD sent an under-16 team in July and under-19 team in August that year.

The country did not participate in 2020 and 2021 due to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.