MA Refereeing Course a boost for Brunei referees

Fadhil Yunus

The MA Refereeing Course 2020 helped the country’s pool of referees to gain knowledge, President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan said.

“If you have the knowledge, there is no problem to compete against other developed countries. This is because they don’t look at you from your size but they will look at you from what you know and how you impart your knowledge,” he said during a closing ceremony at the Multi-Purpose Hall of NFABD House yesterday.

Addressing the course participants, he said, “So, that’s exactly what (the instructors) are trying to do here to fill you with as much knowledge as possible. But at the same time, it does not stop here today. It is a long journey.”

The expertise provided by the instructors was shared to the participants and it is hoped that this will be brought down to new referees.

The president also touched on the importance to have the number of referees who will take charge in the Brunei Super League that will begin on February 28.

He also outlined NFABD’s plans of building a technical centre.

“Once we build a technical centre, there will be a space for coaches, referees and others. When the technical centre is up and running, it is there for you to use it, maximise and get benefit from it.”

The course, which started last Friday, mainly covered three sessions – theory, practical and fitness test.

Meanwhile, FIFA Referee Instructor Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh advised the participants to grab the opportunity to enhance their quality in the field of refereeing whether in terms of technical or fitness aspects.

Abdul Hakim Mohd Haidi, a local referee accredited by FIFA, also spoke on behalf of his fellow participants.

The course, organised by NFABD through the Referee Department, attracted 25 participants.