Four local clubs obtain AFC Club Licensing

Fadhil Yunus

Four local clubs will be eligible to participate in competitions organised and sanctioned by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after obtaining the AFC Club Licensing status on Friday.

DPMM FC, Indera SC, Kasuka FC and Kota Ranger FC received their certificates during the competition seminar closing ceremony at the Wafa Hotel & Apartment.

President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan presented the certificates.

General Manager of DPMM FC Ali bin Momin, General Manager of Indera SC Rosdin bin Haji Abdul Aziz, General Manager of Kasuka FC Haji Muhammad Halimi bin Haji Abu Bakar and Club Director of Kota Ranger FC Mohd Noh Rizal bin Haji Selamat received the certificates on behalf of their clubs.

The AFC Club Licensing is a requirement for local clubs to represent their member association in continental competitions.

General Manager of DPMM FC Ali bin Momin, General Manager of Indera SC Rosdin bin Haji Abdul Aziz, General Manager of Kasuka FC Haji Muhammad Halimi bin Haji Abu Bakar and Club Director of Kota Ranger FC Mohd Noh Rizal bin Haji Selamat pose for a photo with their clubs’ certificates. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Clubs must meet five criteria – sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal and finance – to obtain the licence.

Brunei was initially awarded a slot in next year’s AFC Cup qualifiers – scheduled to kick off on April 4 – alongside Myanmar National League runners-up Hanthawady United, Cambodia’s Hun Sen Cup winners Visakha, Lao Premier League champions Lao Toyota and Copa FFTL winners Lalenok United.

However, the slot is yet to be determined following the cancellation of the Brunei Super League (BSL) and the FA Cup this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indera SC made history earlier this year after meeting the AFC Club Licensing requirements, ensuring their participation in the qualifying round of the AFC Cup against Yangon United of Myanmar.

Meanwhile, four local clubs received the National Licensing status – IKLS-MB5 FC, Panchor Murai FC, Setia Perdana and Wijaya FC.

Pengiran Haji Matusin called local clubs to run their administration and management professionally.

He said, “There has been a lot of knowledge-sharing from our consultants covering administration and management.”