BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (16 June 2012) – The National FA of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) have said ‘no’ to having a team from Brunei taking part in the M-League.
The NFABD had earlier made enquiries about playing in the M-League, preferably having a direct access to the top-tier which is the Malaysian Super League. But the FA of Malaysia (FAM) stated that all new entrants have to go through the process of starting in the third-tier FAM League in 2013.
Winning promotion to the Premier League in 2014 and then on to the Super League in 2015 should they make the cut.
“We will not be joining the FAM League,” said Dato Paduka Abdul Rahman Mohiddin. “We wrote in to enquire about participating in the M-League and they gave us their terms and conditions, which need to be deliberated and further discussed by NFABD’s executive committee on the implications of those terms and conditions stipulated.”
With the latest development, Dato Paduka Abdul Rahman said that NFABD will now focus all their attention to developing their own league system with the focus to build a strong team for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 qualifying round this October.
“At the moment, we feel we should concentrate on our domestic leagues,” added Abdul Rahman. “We have just finished the DST League and the FA Cup has just started.
“The DST Super League and Premier League featuring the top-20 teams in the country will start before the end of the year. There will also be a Youth League (Under-16) organised.”