05 February 2017

DPMM FC to kick off S League campaign on March 3

Fadhil Yunus     |
DPMM FC will begin their S League campaign this year against Home United FC at home at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on March 3 following the release of the S League schedule.
The Gegar Gegar men will start their first away match against reigning champions Albirex Niigata (S) at the Jurong East Stadium on March 9.
The 2015 winners will not be seeing league action until April 1 when they entertain Hougang United FC which appointed former Home head coach Philippe Aw as their new head coach.
The Brunei-based outfit then face a tricky away tie against Balestier Khalsa FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium on April 7.
Steve Kean’s men will play Warriors on April 15 at home before embarking an away trip at Bedok Stadium against Geylang International FC on April 20.
DPMM FC host Tampines Rovers FC in a spicy home encounter on April 28 before concluding round one of fixtures away against Garena Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium on May 13.
The Brunei based outfit will begin round two of the S League away against Home United FC at the Bishan Stadium on May 25.
The start of round three will see DPMM FC locking horns with Home United for a third time at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on September 8.
The Gegar Gegar men will conclude their season at the end of round three away against Garena Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium on November 18.
Albirex, who completed a stunning quadruple last year, will slug it out with Tampines Rovers FC, who finished runners-up both in the S League and Singapore Cup to the Japanese satellite side, for the first silverware of the year in the Community Shield on February 26.

Brunei Darussalam National Futsal Team Arrives back from Bangkok, Thailand

The Brunei Darussalam National Futsal Team arrives back from Bangkok, Thailand after competing in the annual AFF AIS Futsal Championship 2016.
The team led by team manager Awg Rosdin bin Hj Abd Aziz came home after two losses against Timor-Leste (6-8) and against the hosts and reigning champions Thailand (2-17). With these results, Brunei Darussalam was unable to go to the semi-finals stage.
Present to welcome the contingent is Awg Hj Madli bin Hj Md Yusof, Acting Vice President of NFABD, Awg Bujang Hj Jafar, Executive Committee member of NFABD, Pg Md Amirrizal bin Pg Hj Mahmud, Acting General Secretary of NFABD, Awg Dayem Hj Ali, Competitions Director of NFABD and Md Nazree bin Hj Abu Bakar, Marketing and Communications Manager of NFABD.

Source: NFABD

06 January 2017

Top Two in Playoffs Will Qualify to Brunei DST Premier League

The group winners of the 2017 Brunei DST Playoffs will occupy the final two spots of next season Brunei DST Premier League, Brunei's second tier, following the release of the timetable which is scheduled to start next Saturday.

Kilanas FC and Besa FC, the bottom two teams from last season's Brunei DST Premier League, vacated the Brunei DST Premier League and have been included in the playoffs as well as non-league sides Tunas FC, DSP United, MSN United FC and Hawa FT.

DSP United and MSN United both reached the final rounds of qualifying in the Brunei-Muara District Football League earlier this year which was won by newly promoted Brunei DST Super League outfits Al Idrus Junior.

The club made history after sealing back-to-back promotions having also lifted the Brunei DST Premier League title in their only season.

DSP have also already proven that they can beat Besa in the DST FA Cup last year which will serve them in good stead in their Group 'B' match-up which also feature Hawa FT.

Kilanas FC, who were only competing in the Brunei DST Super League, Brunei's  top flight, a couple of seasons ago, face the unwanted prospect of dropping out of league football as they look to overturn their misfortunes in Group 'X alongside Tunas FC and MSN United.

The way the group have been drawn showed that Kilanas or Besa have not been paired together as both look to make an immediate return to the Brunei DST Premier League.

The group winners will not be facing each other as two slots have been awarded in the second tier of Brunei football.

DSP will play Hawa on January 7 while Tunas and MSN United will meet on January 9.

If DSP win against Hawa and repeat the feat against Besa on January 11, they will go through to the Brunei DST Premier League regardless of Besa's result against Hawa on January 16.

The scenario also applies to Tunas if they win back-to-back matches with Kilanas next on their radar in January 14.

The remaining game includes MSN United - who like DSP fell in the final hurdle in the Brunei-Muara District Football League - hosting Kilanas on January 23.

All matches will be played at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex in an 8.15pm kickoff.


Brunei Futsal Team Drawn in Same Group as Hot Favorite Thailand

Brunei Darussalam face a daunting task in the upcoming 2016 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championship after being drawn alongside 11-time winners Thailand, which will be held at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok from Januar 23-29.

The tournament ws originally supposed to be held at the end of October this year but it was postponed by the Football Association of Thailand following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Brunei face a make-or-break encounter against Timor
Leste in the opening game, their closest hope of replicating their finest result in the tournament when they sealed fourth place in the 2001, 2005 and 2008 editions.

With only three teams in Group 'A' largely caused by the withdrawal of Vietnam and Singapore, a win in the opening group game from either side could skyrocket into the semifinals given that Thailand are expected to top the group.

The only other winners in the tournament, Indonesia, have been drawn in Group 'B' alongside Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos.

The Wasps recorded their sole victory over Singapore in the last edition though the latter were returning from a 13-year absence and also matched Timor Leste despite ending in defeat.

Brunei also have memories-of their 12-2 hiding at the hands of Thailand in the previous edition.
While Brunei's full squad is yet to be released, Malaysia news agency Bernama have released the confirmed futsal squad players of the Malaysia national futsal team who will be taking part in the 13th edition of the AFF Futsal Championship.

The report highlighted that Malaysia national futsal coach Chiew Chun Yong is hoping that seven youngsters -all below the age of 22 - will be firing in all cylinders.


23 December 2016

MS ABDB Aware Najip I-Team Threat

MS ABDB team manager Major (A) Razanol Hardi Abd Razak will be wary of the threat that Najip I-Team possess ahead of the 2016 Brunei DST FA Cup final at the Berakas Sports Complex tomorrow.

The team manager highlighted that Najip will not take them lightly and will devise their own strategy to try and overcome the cup holders.

"For the last few matches during the FA Cup, we noticed that the rest of the teams have adapted themselves so the challenge can be very tough," said Major (A) Razanol during a press conference at the NFABD House yesterday.

MS ABDB the most successful team in the competition - survived a major scare in the fourth round when they escaped from a shock defeat after Razimie Ramlli's last-gasp equaliser before the striker netted an extra-time winner against Al Idrus Junior "I'm sure for our next match against' 

Najip I-Team they will not make it easy for us. I'm sure they will have their own strategy to give us a good fight," he added.

Meanwhile, Najip 1-Team hoped for a good showing in their second final appearance against the same team whom they met in 2014.

"We will be giving our best in the final. We are deeply aware that MS ABDB have triumphed in the competition in 2013, 2014 and 2015," said a Najip I Team representative who also recognised that MS ABDB are the defending champions on paper.

"It will be a bonus for us if we end up winning the final," continued the representative adding that he hoped that luck would favour them.

Najip I Team expressed their hopes of winning the FA Cup trophy while MS ABDB hoped to defend the title.

On another note, Haji Mohd Noor bin Haji Abd Hamid, who chaired the press conference, expressed hopes of a quality, exciting and highly disciplined final in aiding the development of football in the country.


10 December 2016

Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) wins AFC President's Recognition Award For Grassroots Football 2016

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam received the AFC President's Recognition Award For Grassroots Football 2016 (Aspiring) in the annual prestigious AFC Awards ceremony held in Abu Dhabi. On hand to present the award was Ms. Han Un Gyong, Executive Committee Member from DPR Korea.
This is Brunei Darussalam's second award after winning it last year. NFABD ran regular technical and promotional activities while maintaining several areas of cooperation with both governmental and non-governmental partners.
The nominations for the award are based on a points system which takes into account several criteria such as the structure and management of grassroots football as well as the philosophy and policy of Member Associations.


29 November 2016

MS ABDB Beat Kota Ranger to Reach Last Four


MS ABDB progressed to the semi-finals of the Brunei DST FA Cup 2016 after edging Kota Ranger FC 1-0 at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.

Abd Azizi All Rahman's strike in the 47th minute proved enough to settle the contest which saw both sides struggling to cope with the pitch conditions following the early rainfall.

The notable absentees for the army personnel were national team players Mohd Baharin Hamidon and Razimie RamIli who were ineligible for selection due to suspension.

First choice goalkeeper Mohd Tarmlzi Haji Mat Johari, who featured in AFC Solidarity Cup games against Macau and Laos, Haji Mohd Yusof Haji Matyassin and Azizi Ali Rahman all made starts.

MS ABDB's defender Haji Mohd Yusof Haji Matyassin lurked on the far post but ballooned his shot wide after reacting to a corner.

The army personnel delivered a good cross into the box but Khairuddin bin Mohd Azahari could not guide his header towards goal.

MS ABDB substitute Mohd Safarudin Azami gave chase to a loose ball deep into the second half and almost beat the last defender which would have given him only the goalkeeper in his sights but could not mark his appearance with a goal.

Meanwhile at the Tutong Sports Complex, Indera SC marched to the semifinals after beating Kasuka FC 3-1.
Awangku Mohd Asrin gave Kasuka a dream start in the 3rd minute but Hamizan Aziz pegged his side back into level terms in the 18th minute.

Afindi Yati's own goal in the 56th minute turned the tie on its head before Mohd Nur Akmal completed the scoring in the 69th minute.

MS ABDB will meet Indera SC in a mouth-watering clash in the semi-finals of the Brunei DST FA Cup on December 16 while the other semi-final pits Tabuan Under-17 and Najip I-Team.