AFF SUZUKI CUP IS IMPORTANT TO BRUNEI: DATO’ ABDUL RAHMAN
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (15 June 2012) – After missing out on the last edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers, Brunei are all eager to make a return to ASEAN’s biggest football extravaganza.
Brunei will be playing in the qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup in October in Yangon where they will be up against hosts Myanmar, Timor Leste, Laos and Cambodia.
Only the top two teams at the end of the qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup in Yangon will make the final round of the tournament that will be hosted by Malaysia and Thailand this year.
“The Suzuki Cup is an important tournament in the AFF calendar which requires the senior national team from each participating member countries and one that we have been absent in for some time,” said Dato Paduka Abdul Rahman Mohiddin, the president of the National FA of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD).
“As part of the obligations, we will be joining the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers. The qualifiers will be in Myanmar (in October) and we should have already started training.”
For the record, Brunei played in the AFF Championship in 1996 and 1998 when it was known as the Tiger Cup. They gave the edition in 2000, 2002 and 2004 a miss.
The sultanate side then played in the newly-introduced qualifying round of the AFF Championship in 2007 and 2008. They failed to make the main draw on both occasions.