DON'T hold your breath DPMM FC fans. The club may not be able to return to the Singapore League (S-League) after all.
Pg Hj Muhd Waslimin PSJ Pg Hj Abd Momin, the DPMM FC manager, told The Brunei Times on Saturday that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) had offered another opportunity for the Brunei side to compete in the S-League in the upcoming season which starts next month.
However, this boils down to how fast the authorities can react to reinstate the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (Bafa). The FAS has given DPMM FC a Jan 7 (Thursday) deadline.
Football's governing body in the Sultanate, the Football Federation of Brunei Darussalam (FFBD) which was established back in 2008 after Bafa was deregistered was shocked to learn about the FAS offer.
"I don't think I can comment much on the subject because I haven't heard anything about it," said Lt Col Dr Bahrin Hj Bintang, FFBD's deputy secretary-general in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
"Jan 7 is just four days away. Something could still happen, but I doubt that it (the reinstatement of Bafa) can be done in such a short time," Lt Col Dr Bahrin said during the interview yesterday.
"This really came as a surprise because we have been trying for months to get everything back in order, but Fifa (the Federation Internationale de Football Association) will not recognise us. We will see how it goes this time around," continued the FFBD deputy secretary-general.