Teams shake off rust with tune-up games

Fadhil Yunus

Four local futsal teams stepped up their preparations ahead of a new domestic season in a series of tune-up games called the ‘Four Corner Futsal Match’ at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Sports Complex yesterday.

The four teams – BIBD, Shah United, Almerez and Kasuka – played in preseason games to refine their tactics and shape.

The series of futsal matches also provided an opportunity for organisers to implement standard operating procedures (SOP) including placing ball markers and ball boys wearing masks and gloves to ensure the safety and well-being of supporters, players and match personnel.

The event also helped kick-start futsal-related activities in the country following the implementation of the Level 5 (New Normal) of the de-escalation plan last month.

NFABD executive committee member cum Co-Chairman of the Competition Committee (Futsal) Abdul Adib bin Haji Abdul Khani said that registered teams will undergo a qualifying stage before the start of the newly-organised national futsal league. The winners of the qualifying matches, scheduled to run for two weeks in June, will subsequently earn a place in the futsal league.

Players in a group photo. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

The draw for the qualifying round will only be determined once the list of teams have been confirmed, which is expected at the end of this month.

Abdul Adib said the national futsal league will also provide an opportunity to select players to represent the country at the regional or international level including the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championship.

The national futsal league has not been held since 2017, which was won by Kuantan Rangers, an invited team from Malaysia.