NFABD President bemoans national team’s lack of preparation

James Kon

The lack of preparation is one of the common causes for the downfall of the country’s national team in international competitions.

This was highlighted by President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan during a press conference on his 100 days of NFABD’s leadership at the NFABD House yesterday.

“In my opinion, the common contribution to under-performance is lack of preparation. We are always unsure of whether we will participate in a competition or which event will take place when,” he said.

For example, he said, “The HBT (Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy) was supposed to be held this year, but it has been shelved. So we are taking the initiative to establish a team for 2022 to be better prepared. We will also do the same for the SEA (Southeast Asian) Games in 2021, because we don’t want the same experience for the squad and the nation as what happened in the previous SEA Games.”

Some other causes he outlined during the conference are the lack of funding, lack of manpower, and selecting players who are not in the proper physical condition.

The NFABD President also shared the strategy of establishing the new national football squad.

“We can do this through talent identification. While we are organising our national league which will kick off this Friday, we hope to identify players who will be called to represent the country in the national ‘A’ team,” he said.

“Obviously, this will take time because our coaches and scouts will have to attend all games and look at potential players who are capable of shouldering the responsibilities as national players. It will take time and a lot of patience for the team to gel, and more importantly we need competitions and matches for the team to try out. This will be similar for establishing the national futsal team, youth team and the HBT team for 2022 as soon as possible.

President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan (C) and executive committee members of NFABD at the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“We need good chemistry, good governance at national association level, we need good coaches who can see the plays and guide the players over the years to achievement. We also need good national competitions where the players can represent clubs to play competitively every week. To improve on competition is by improving and upgrading the clubs.

“AFC, AFF and FIFA have insisted on club licensing so the clubs must be equally responsible to improve their standard by engaging good coaches and their own talent scouting to look for potential players in villages,” he explained.

Pengiran Haji Metusin, however, highlighted that patience is important to achieve a long-term goal.

“Patience is the name of the game now. In the short term, we must have a national team and the long term strategy is to build a formidable national team. There are no short cuts. Insya Allah, we will pay full attention to the grassroots, the youth teams and senior national squad.”