NFABD to provide financial aid to local clubs

Fadhil Yunus

The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has outlined their plans to render financial assistance to domestic clubs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was highlighted by NFABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan in his welcoming remarks during the closing ceremony of the competition seminar at the Wafa Hotel & Apartment in Beribi yesterday.

“Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, FIFA has approved financial assistance to every member association because of the impact of the pandemic,” the NFABD President said.

“NFABD will subsidise its members, that is, the clubs for the losses that they have incurred or may have incurred over the lost opportunities that could have come their way.”

He said the financial assistance will not only be limited to clubs in the league, but also extended to the district association, the grassroots and other members within NFABD.

Members must also record what they have spent their assistance on so they can report back to FIFA, he added.

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS
A participant receiving a certificate. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Pengiran Haji Matusin also shared that the NFABD organises events to promote the quality of the management, coaching and how club members are being managed.

“In the absence of field activities in the past few months, we have been reviewing how we can change our modus operandi so that members of clubs that participate in competitions organised by NFABD will be able to enhance their level of management, coaching and coordination of the competitions.

“We hope that the clubs have learned a lot on how to manage the clubs and at the same time disseminate valuable information to their own members.”

“At the same time, what we are also doing is to improve our own administration and management. As a member association of FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC), it is our responsibility to improve ourselves.

“FIFA and AFC spend a lot of money to subside their member associations with the hope that they will improve and professionalise their organisation so that one day we will be on par with developed nations and associations.”

The NFABD President also expressed his hopes that the administration and management of the club will be professionally run.

The event also witnessed a certificate presentation following the completion of a financial course conducted by Delloitte & Touche as well as club licensing certificates.