NFABD wants to restart football with post-COVID-19 protocol

James Kon

The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) is planning to restart football in the country with a proper post COVID-19 protocol plan.

The detailed plans will be presented to the relevant authority.

President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan said this on the sidelines of the Doa Kesyukuran ceremony for the newly sponsored nine-seater van from UEFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) yesterday.

“We have developed a document which we want to submit to the authorities. It’s a detailed protocol on the restart of football. If we strictly adhere to the guidelines, I think our football activities should be able to be maintained and continued,” the president said.

“We are fortunate that some of our counterparts like Vietnam, Korea, Germany and Europe have restarted their football, and we are hopeful to do the same.

“We are very much aware of the efforts of the government to ensure that we strictly follow the COVID-19 protocol and we also want to assist the government by following the instructions on social distancing.

President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan and other NFABD officials pose with the new van sponsored by UEFA and AFC. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“We want to get football back in the country but we need to ensure that we are safe from COVID-19.

“We are waiting for the opportunity to see the Minister of Health and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports soon. We have a number of teams who want to start playing football again, but we don’t want to jump the gun without the authority’s green light,” he added.

Meanwhile, NFABD received a new nine-seater vehicle from UEFA and AFC yesterday.

The van will be fully utilised for grassroots activities and other official functions, through the UEFA Assist Programme with assistance from AFC.

Pengiran Haji Matusin was the guest of honour. Deputy President of NFABD Haji Salleh Bostaman bin Haji Zainal Abidin and NFABD executive committee members and staff were also present.

NFABD thanked UEFA and AFC for their assistance and it aims to utilise their contributions well towards the development of football in Brunei Darussalam.