Football technical centre on track to finish by year end

Fadhil Yunus

The technical centre and mini-grandstand under the FIFA Forward Project is on track to be completed by the end of the year, said Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan during a contract signing ceremony yesterday.

The contract to build the project at Jalan Pusat Persidangan was awarded to WLW Developer and Trading Sdn Bhd and was signed yesterday with FABD.

“We are hoping to see the buildings up before the end of the year,” said Pengiran Haji Matusin, adding that the contractors were confident in doing so by the end of six months. The project is estimated to cost under USD3 million.

FIFA Regional Office Development Manager Lavin Vignesh said the quality of the submission was very good, who also witnesses the contract signing through video-conference.

The FABD was represented by its President Pengiran Haji Matusin and its General Secretary Mohammad Shahnon bin Mohd Salleh.

Representing WLW was Managing Director of WLW Development and Trading Co Sdn Bhd Wong Let Woon as the constructor and Gemilang Latif Associates Principal Mahri Latif as the consultant.

The mini-grandstand will accommodate around 650 seats and has all the attributes to host international matches including a sufficient number of changing rooms, medical room, doping control room, referee room, a room designated for VIPs, car park and emergency facilities.

Pengiran Haji Matusin told the Bulletin, “We hope that we can host not only local matches but also international matches in the future.

“With the national stadium being renovated for the time being, we feel that this is a good alternative to accommodate our supporters.”

The technical centre will house an administration centre, an auditorium with a 200-people capacity, sufficient rooms to accommodate technical staff as well as areas for eateries and events.

The president added, “We hope that we will also have a merchandising area. At the same time, we hope to cater for viewers as the technical centre will be overlooking the main field.”

FABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan and Managing Director of WLW Development and Trading Co Sdn Bhd Wong Let Woon at the contract signing event. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS