The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) marked a historic occasion following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Oman Football Association at the Business Marketing Commercial Centre (BMCC) of Kolej IGS in Kampong Kiulap yesterday.
The NFABD said that the MoU entailed cooperation in vast areas including conducting more exchanges between the two football associations as well as the hosting of friendly matches.
The MoU will also see cooperation in the exchange of knowledge, particularly in governance where both football associations will share best practices for better, effective and more efficient administration.
The MoU will be valid by 2023.
Signing on behalf of NFABD was its President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan, witnessed by its General Secretary Mohammad Shahnon bin Haji Mohd Salleh.
Meanwhile, the Oman Football Association was represented by Chairman Sheikh Salim Al-Wahaibi, and witnessed by General Secretary Fahad Abdullah Al-Raisi.
Pengiran Haji Matusin said in his address, “It is obvious this MoU is an effort to strengthen the healthy sporting relationship not only between the two football associations, but also between the two countries.”
The president continued, “Realising the football gap between us, NFABD welcomes the opportunities for exchange programmes. Though the COVID situation may be restrictive, on-line platforms are alternatives.
“NFABD acknowledge the success of this MoU is a collective effort from both national football associations and on the part of NFABD, we also depend on the continued assistance of the stakeholders namely the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.”
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said and Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel Al-Maskari were present at the signing ceremony.