MEMBERS of the public are welcome to support and watch the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup qualification match between Brunei Darussalam and Timor Leste at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on September 8.
Tickets will be available from today until tomorrow from 9am-5pm at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium’s Sport Association Room No 1 at the VIP parking area and at the ticketing booth near the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. On the matchday, the ticket sales will be extended until 9.15pm at both locations.
In Tutong District, the tickets are available at the Tutong Sports Complex, and for residents in Belait District at Mumong Sports Complex. For residents in Temburong District, tickets can be purchased at Temburong Sports Complex.
Details of the ticket sales were revealed in a press conference yesterday at the Lecture Theatre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium by executive members of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD).
Tickets are priced at BND8 for covered area, and BND5 for the open air seatings.
Present at the press conference were Acting Deputy President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Aliudin bin Pengiran Haji Tajuddin, who is the co-chair of the organising committee with Acting Deputy Director of Youth and Sports Department Pengiran Anak Haji Sofian bin Pengiran Anak Haji Ibrahim; Secretary General of NFABD Roslin bin Suhailee; Head of Ticket Sales and Gate Entrance Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Ibrahim; Head of Media Bujang bin Haji Japar; an Information Department representative Pengiran Ikram bin Pengiran Haji Ahmad and a representative from the Royal Brunei Police Force.
Officials at the press conference yesterday. – KHAIRIL HASSAN
Pengiran Haji Aliudin said, “On the match day that falls on September 8, members of the public can obtain tickets at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium’s Sport Association Room No 1, as well as the ticketing booth near the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. Tickets are on sale from 9am to 9.15pm on matchday.”
He also reminded members of the public to purchase the tickets early to avoid disappointment. The entrance to the stadium will open two hours before the match at 6.15pm to allow fans avoid long queues.
To prevent counterfeit, the tickets possess security features and scanners will be put at each entrance point to detect counterfeit tickets. Supporters are urged to keep their tickets when going in and out of the stadium.
Head of Ticket Sales and Gate Entrance Haji Abdul Razak said, “The tickets have high security features. Before entering the stadium, each ticket will be scanned. If the ticket shows red from the scan, the ticket is counterfeit. Spectators will need to follow the signage to the covered seats and open air seats. If a spectator wants to go out of the stadium, his/her hand as well as the ticket will be marked with official stamp.”
A total of 12,000 tickets are available for the match, with another 8,000 on standby.
Spectators are not allowed to bring restricted items such as canned and bottled drinks, umbrella, any types of weapons, fireworks/firecrackers as well as musical instruments like flute. It is also a restriction to smoke or vape around the area of the stadium.
NFABD Deputy President Pengiran Haji Aliudin hoped that members of the public will arrive in large numbers to support the national team and boost the morale of the players.
After losing 3-1 to Timor Leste in the first leg, Brunei need to win with a margin of two goals to qualify into the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup.
Meanwhile, at the conference, a question was raised on the status of the upgrading works of the stadium, to which Pengiran Anak Haji Sofian replied, “The upgrading works on the stadium’s track are expected to be completed by September 6, while the football field is always ready. All work will be completed by September 6.”
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (7 Sept 2018) – Timor Leste are prepared for anything Brunei will unleash against them as they attempt defend their lead in the AFF Suzuki Cup second leg qualifying match at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium here tomorrow night.
But with Brunei chasing down a two-goal deficit after their 3-1 loss in their first leg in Kuala Lumpur last week, Timor Leste are fully aware of the enormous challenge that lies ahead of them.
“Brunei have the advantage at home, their fans will give power to their players and that will undoubtedly make it tough for us,” said Timor Leste coach Norio Tsukitate. “But if Brunei levels the score here, it will really become very difficult.”
Norio’s concerns are well-founded. Despite the defeat, Brunei had proven, especially in the second half last week, that they were a capable side. With home support and fewer errors, they will indeed pose a serious threat tomorrow.
To ensure they deliver their best and advance, Brunei have been working on their mistakes to get their act together to outdo their opponents in the second leg. “Since returning, we have been working hard on our weaknesses and also looked at the mistakes. We will come back strong tomorrow,” vowed Brunei coach Kwon Oh Son at the pre-match Press Conference today. “Our players are fit and prepared for the match.”
Brunei can’t afford to make any mistakes and must take the fight to their rivals tomorrow if they hope to advance to the final round. Asked what were his plans against the hosts, Norio said this: “Our players must give a 100 percent performance, that’s our strategy.”
In the first leg last Saturday, striker Henrique Wilson Da Cruz Martins cracked the Brunei defence twice in the first half before Azwan Ali made it 2-1 in the second. Silveiro Garcia then added a third to put his team in a stronger position for the return encounter.