25 July 2016

Brunei ready to host AFC festival

Saturday, July 23, 2016

BRUNEI is ready to host the second Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Regional Festival of Football on Tuesday.
In a press conference held at the Orchid Garden Hotel in Berakas yesterday, the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) confirmed that a total of 180 players from 10 ASEAN countries will be competing at the four-day event.
NFABD acting competition director Dayem Hj Ali opened the meeting before NFABD general secretary Pg Hj Mohiddin Pg Badarudin conducted the briefing.
Similar to last year’s format, there will be no championship game for the festival — thus all the participating countries will only need to complete their matches in their respective group.
“The festival is focused on the higher elements of the sport at the grassroots level, specifically better skills development, as opposed to emphasising competing and winning,” said Pg Hj Mohiddin.
“We would like to thank the AFC for giving us (NFABD) the opportunity to organise this festival for the second time in a row following the resounding success of last year’s festival that attracted more than a thousand spectators,” he added.
Pg Hj Mohiddin also said that this year’s festival will see a number of new programmes initiated by NFABD with the support of AFC.
“Other than the football matches, we will also organise a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign which involves a seminar, a health awareness campaign and as well as an outreach programme,” he continued.
“With these programmes, we are hoping to educate the younger players about the importance of CSR as well as contributing back to the community,” added the NFABD general secretary.
Also present at the press conference yesterday were NFABD acting deputy president Hj Madli Mohamad Yusuf and assistant general secretary Pg Mohd Amirrizal Pg Hj Mahmud.
A total of 20 matches are set to be played at the Berakas Sports Complex and the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

The first match will see hosts Brunei taking on Myanmar following the opening ceremony which will be held at the Balapan Track and Field.
Led by head coach Stephen Ng Heng Seng, the national Under-14 team have been preparing over the past few months.
“The players trained very hard for this tournament and they also have played a number of friendly games recently against the Sabah Under-15 and Under-18 teams,” said acting competition director Dayem.
“Their results and performance in the past friendly games have been very promising and they are very close to ready… So we hope that they can give their best at the festival,” added Dayem.
The full schedule of the matches will be uploaded to the NFABD official website after the team managers’ meeting on Monday.
The main aim of the festival is to provide a continuous player development pathway from the grassroots to the elite level and ensure a smooth transition for elite players to the national team.
Sanctioned by AFC, the festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and other related agencies.

The Brunei Times

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