Indera Sports Club (ISC) will face an extended wait to mark their debut appearance in the Asean Club Championship (ACC) after the organisers Asean Football Federation (AFF) shifted the launch of the inaugural tournament in 2022.
The local club has been set to represent Brunei Darussalam in a regional club competition next year but the congested schedule of tournaments has prompted the AFF to announce
AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth said, “Several countries will have additional local issues to contend with, which may add further to the congestion.”
He added, “With all this in mind, together with the overall uncertainty that still remains about any dates in 2021, we have decided with our partners to move the launch of the ACC to 2022”.
“The ACC is a key pillar of our regional development strategy, and we’ve agreed that a move to 2022 is the right decision at this stage”.
“As we begin to regroup, it became clear that having to launch the ACC in a much-reduced format, within what we know will be a heavily congested season, would not be in the best interests of the event of our members.”
The move came following the re-scheduling of competitions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic next year as the calendar becomes compressed with the pile-up of fixtures.
Despite the delayed hosting of the tournament, the AFF will continue with their preparations to unveil the tournament logo and trophy in due course.
The AFF also said that they will provide further updates once the calendar of competitions has been finalised.
The ACC meet is expected to involve leading clubs from the ASEAN region and AFF-affiliated countries. Initially planned to be held this year, the tournament was re-scheduled until next year but was then moved again.