27 November 2021

FABD introduces new website domain

 The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) has announced its new website domain www.the-fabd.com.

The migration is part of the association’s ongoing rebranding effort aimed at delivering fresh development into the local football scene, including improving communication between the association and stakeholders.

The user-friendly website contains information on the local league rankings, with easy access to updates and documentaries. It is also accessible by phone.

The FABD will include more functions into the website to support its communication needs.

Meanwhile, the FABD also announced that all key e-mail addresses have been changed to: president@the-fabd.com; general.secretary@the-fabd.com; and secretariat@the-fabd.com.


09 November 2021


 The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) has informed the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) today that they will be withdrawing from the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 Qualification Round match due to complications caused by the pandemic on the team’s preparations.

Brunei Darussalam was scheduled to play against Timor Leste in the Qualification Round in Singapore on 1 December 2021.

With this withdrawal, Timor Leste will now join Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar and Philippines in Group A in the main draw which commences on 5 December 2021 at the National Stadium of Singapore.

30 September 2021

Singapore to host AFF Suzuki Cup

 Singapore has been appointed as the host country for the upcoming ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup, the federation announced yesterday.

The re-scheduled tournament is set to be held from December 5 to January 1, 2022.

AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth during an official draw held virtually last week said that the organisers had taken the responsible decision to host the entire tournament this year in a centralised venue.

With the matches set to be fully staged in a dedicated host country, this year’s edition will be different compared to previous years when it was held on a home and away format.

The decision was made to prioritise the health and safety of teams, players, coaches, staff and fans.

There is no change to the main competition format with each team playing four fixtures in a round robin format at the group stage, while the semi-finals and finals will be played on a two-leg format.

Major General Khiev Sameth said, “We are delighted to announce Singapore as the host country of the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2020.”

The president said they received compelling bids from the member associations and admitted that the AFF Council had a difficult decision to make.

“We are very grateful for all the member associations who stepped forward to offer to host the tournament in these challenging times. It truly displayed the ASEAN spirit of strength and determination in the face of adversity.”

The AFF will now turn their focus in working with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) to ensure that the event will be staged safely.

He added, “We look forward to bringing the crown jewel of ASEAN football to all fans around the region.”

Meanwhile, FAS President Lim Kia Tong said, “We are humbled to have been chosen by the AFF as the centralised host for the AFF Suzuki Cup starting in December.”

Similar to the previous edition in 2018, Brunei Darussalam will need to overcome Timor Leste in a qualifying round in a single-leg match to join the rest of the member associations in the main draw.

The winner of the tie will be entered in Group ‘A’ alongside tournament hosts Singapore, five-time winners Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines. Group ‘B’ comprise defending champions Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos.


23 September 2021

Brunei to play Timor-Leste in AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying

 Fadhil Yunus

The Brunei Darussalam national football team will meet Timor-Leste in the qualification round of the re-scheduled ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2020 following an official draw held virtually yesterday.

The Wasps are expected to welcome the visit of their qualifying rivals after they were designated as the home team in the single-leg match.

The winner of the tie will book a spot in the group stage of the competition and will automatically enter Group ‘A’ alongside five-time winners Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines and Singapore. Group ‘B’ comprise Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, AFF Deputy President, attended the draw together with vice presidents, council members and alternate council members as well as other prominent senior figures from the member associations.

AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth said in his welcoming remarks, “It has been challenging for all of our football federation teams and fans from the various countries but I am sure that we will emerge stronger as a football community.

“The upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 scheduled to take place from December 5, 2021 to January 1, 2022 will be a very special moment for all of us.”

He continued, “It will be a celebration of our region’s determination to overcome COVID-19 and it will be the perfect opportunity to showcase ASEAN unity in these tough times.

“AFF together with our partners is working very hard to plan a safe and secure tournament.

“It is AFF’s primary objective to ensure the highest level of safety of everyone during the event. With this in mind, we have taken the responsible decision to host the entire tournament this year in a centralised venue.

“We are now in the final stage of selecting the host country for our centralised tournament. We are doing everything we can working with all the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of all participants.”

The president further added that details on the centralised venue will be available in the coming weeks.

Vietnam will be defending the title after winning the past edition in 2018 when they edged Malaysia 3-2 in the final, with a six-minute goal by forward Nguyen Anh Duc in the second leg proving decisive.

Meanwhile, AFF Vice Presidents Dato’ Sri Francisco Kalbuadi Lay and Lim Kia Tong, both of whom who were present physically, conducted the draw.


02 August 2021

DPMM beat Kasuka for sixth consecutive win

 August 2, 2021

Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC passed a tricky test in the Brunei Super League after a 2-0 victory against Kasuka FC at the Jerudong Park Mini Stadium last night.

Goals from Hanif Farhan and Andrei Varankou secured a sixth straight win for the league leaders in the Brunei top flight.

The Gegar-Gegar men welcomed the return of forward Azizi Ali Rahman into the team since being sidelined by injury which he sustained in the league opener against Bakes FC.

The battle between the league’s top two sides also saw an end to Kasuka’s unbeaten record, who were enjoying a run of five straight wins.

The afternoon matches saw MS ABDB continue their unbeaten start after a narrow 2-1 victory against basement dwellers Jerudong FC at the 3rd Battalion, Lumut Camp Field in an afternoon kick-off.

Forward Hariz Danial and substitute Baharin Hamidon grabbed second-half goals to condemn the Jerudong side to a fifth straight defeat this term.

Elsewhere at the Berakas Sports Complex, BSRC FC picked their third win of the season after defeating Setia Perdana 3-1.

Halim Shawaluddin opened the scoring for the Belait-based side in the 33rd minute before Safuan Juhar doubled the lead in the 64th minute.

Hisyamudin Suhaili renewed Setia Perdana’s hopes after finding the net in the 74th minute but Zainol Helmi restored BSRC’s two-goal cushion nine minutes from time to ensure all three points.

Rimba Star will continue their search for an elusive first victory after slipping to a 2-1 loss to KB FC at the Arena Field in Seria.

Azim Boll Hassan inspired his team with a brace in either side of the half while Daniel Ariffin was on target for Rimba Star.


11 July 2021

DPMM FC cruise to emphatic victory

 July 5, 2021

Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC made back-to-back victories in double-digits in the Brunei Super League (BSL) after beating Rimba Star FC 15-0 at the Jerudong Park Mini Stadium in Jerudong last night.

The breakthrough finally arrived as Azwan Ali Rahman initiated the attacking threat after slipping a pass into the advancing Fakharrazi Hassan.

The midfielder, who returned to the senior fold following a spell with the ‘B’ team in the pandemic-interrupted season last year, supplied a decent cross into the box for Andrei Varankou to plant a header into the net.

Hakeme Yazid bin Said partnered Varankou up front and he was nearly credited with an assist after playing a forward pass, with the Belarussian hitting the side-netting as he retrieved the ball.

The hosts ramped up the pressure as Varankou rifled wide with the Rimba Star’s defence found back-pedalling.

The ‘Gegar Gegar men’ extended their lead as Fakharrazi powered his header home after connecting from a Najib Tarif’s pinpoint cross.

Azwan Ali had a sniff in goal after stealing possession but his effort drifted wide. However, he was not to be denied as he coolly placed his low shot home after being picked out by the Belarussian striker.

Hakeme Yazid bin Said then saw a snapshot crash against the woodwork before the Rimba Star defence came to the aid with a fourth goal looking likely.

Hanif Farhan guided the ball into the empty net after benefitting from a howler from the Rimba Star goalkeeper Syafie Fakhrusy Anaqi with Azwan Ali’s again heavily involved in another goal.

Meanwhile, other matches saw Kota Ranger FC run riot in a 9-1 victory over Bakes FC to consolidate top spot while Kasuka FC similarly continued their unbeaten start with a handsome 4-0 win over BSRC FC.

Kota Ranger’s Faturrahman Embran and Babatunde bagged hat-tricks with the rest of the goals coming from Hazmi Salleh, Suffian Adanan and Adi Said.

Hanafizal Helman scored a 43rd minute penalty for Bakes FC which proved to be a mere consolation.

Taylor Leon Sullivan scored a hat-trick in consecutive matches to ensure Kasuka stay perfect with Maududi Hilmi Kasmi also on the score-sheet. Fresh from a stunning 1-1 draw against MS ABDB in midweek, KB FC evoked dramatic scenes after substitute Melvin Nyambong scored a late winner in the 2-1 victory against Setia Perdana at the Arena Field in Seria.

The Belait-based side drew level through Jazimin Arbi three minutes after Rahimni Pundat had given the visitors a ninth minute lead.

Elsewhere at the Berakas Sports Complex, MS PPDB eased to a 4-0 victory over Panchor Murai FC with their star player Azim Rashid among the goals. Naim Tarif, Fakhril Tamimi and Hafiz Ahmad were also on target.


27 June 2021

DPMM FC ‘very hungry’ for action

 Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC will taste their first competitive football against Bakes FC in the Brunei Super League 2021 at the Jerudong Park Mini Stadium in Jerudong tonight.

The Gegar Gegar men have not made any league appearance since hosting Tampines Rovers FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on March 6 last year, which was later annulled following their withdrawal from the Singapore Premier League.

The Brunei-based outfit will mark their return to domestic football for the first time since making the switch from the then-called B-League in 2004 to the Malaysia Premier League.

“We’re looking forward to play competitive football again after one year and three months. We’re very hungry for it,” DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock told the Sunday Bulletin.

He added, “Everybody has been very good especially through restrictions. We’ve been very respectful with what the government has told us to do. It has been difficult but we’ve just gone on with it and been very professional.

“We can’t wait for Sunday. It doesn’t matter what league we play in and who we play. I just think us playing competitively again is very important.”

Pennock, who guided DPMM FC to the Singapore Premier League title in 2019, said their targets remain the same which is to win every game.

The head coach also lauded the work of the club’s fitness coach Jason Moriarty amid the absence of competitive football.

“Jason Moriarty (fitness coach) has done exceptionally well during the year and three months that we have been out. He has kept the players fitter and stronger when we had a lot of downtime,” he said.

The Jerudong-based team have not met local opposition since a 1-0 win over AH United in September 2005, which was then annulled as they discontinued their season in the Brunei top flight.

Pennock said they will treat their opponents with respect as they begin their quest for a third national title since lifting the trophy in 2002 and 2004, saying, “we will respect Bakes like we would if we’re playing Tampines or Albirex in the Singapore Premier League”.

DPMM FC have added rising star Nur Asyraffahmi Norsamri in their ranks from Kota Ranger FC.

“We have seen him before in the Brunei Super League, and we invited him over,” said Pennock adding that he watched Kota Ranger FC play before the Brunei Super League was called off in March last year.

“Even before when we’re playing in the Singapore Premier League in 2019, I was still watching local games here.”

On what he can bring to the team, Pennock said, “Nur Asyraffahmi has a very good footballing brain and he will score goals. We’re very excited and he’s been very good in the time we had off and has settled in really well.”

The Ipswich-born has also been aiding the development of younger players notably with the emergence of teenage sensation Hakeme Yazid bin Said and 20-year-old Wafi Aminuddin during their championship-winning season, as well as Hanif Farhan Azman last year.

“We want to get the younger players through. We got young Farhan, Keme and obviously Nur Asyraffahmi,” he said.

“I’ve seen the DPMM FC under-15 game. Recruitment is very important here especially young ones and they have to take their chance.

“The hardest thing for me come Sunday is the ones that I leave out and are not in the match-day squad.

“We have a big squad so it will be difficult for me to leave people out. But, I know that the players are very professional and they understand the situation.

“It doesn’t mean that they will not play the next game and there might be a possibility that they play the next game. Competition for places is very strong,” the head coach said.


Brunei Super League - DPMM Fc 16-1 Bakes Fc

 Brunei Super League

DPMM Fc 16-1 Bakes Fc

19 June 2021

Wijaya FC aim for top-five finish in Brunei Super League

 Fadhil Yunus

Wijaya FC have set their sights of finishing in the top five in the Brunei Super League 2021 ahead of their league opener against Bakes FC at the Berakas Sports Complex this Sunday.

Team manager Pengiran Ali Redzuan bin Pengiran Haji Damit said on Wednesday, “With the inclusion of mostly youth players, we will try to finish in the top five.

“We have a mixture of youth and experience. We can say that 70 per cent of the team are made up of youth.

“There are a number of players who are in their early 20’s. We hope that the mixture of youth and experience will gel together,” he said.

Wijaya announced the return of former Brunei international Mohammad Shah Azahar Abdullah after previously leaving the team to embark on a running career.

“There are a few debutants in the squad. In addition, there are also players making a comeback,” Pengiran Ali Redzuan said.

The Ong Sum Ping outfit have also been boosted with the arrival of Muhammad Danish Danial Haji Alfian on loan from Kota Ranger FC, while former Kasuka FC youth player Syazwan Haji Sahrin has joined from IKLS.

The club will be without Awangku Ashraf Pengiran Haledi behind the sticks as the goalkeeper has been loaned out to Kasuka FC for a year.

With the goalkeeping position vacated, the three available goalkeepers will need to prove a point to cement a place in the starting line-up.

In stepping up their preparations for the upcoming season, Wijaya held friendly pre-season matches against MS PDB twice and IKLS.

Pengiran Ali Redzuan said, “Everybody had a chance to play and was given opportunities during the friendly matches. Overall, we are confident that the players can gel together.”

The team manager indicated that Mohd Sholihuddin Jamaluddin and Wan Ashraf Wan Mohd Tambrin Shah could take the league by storm, saying, “there are few players who can shine if they perform consistently at this level. I think they (Mohd Sholihuddin and Ashraf) have a good future ahead of them”.

The team will be led by Marhazif Ahad as captain with Jamrin Johari as vice-captain.


16 June 2021

DPMM FC aim for Brunei Super League title

 By James Kon

After over a year of hiatus from competitive football, DPMM FC have set their sights on the Brunei Super League title this year, which will kick off on June 20.

“I am really looking forward to competing in Brunei Super League 2021. It is great that we are able to play competitive football again,” head coach Adrian Pennock said during the contract signing of DPMM FC players at The Centrepoint Hotel yesterday.

“The squad and staff have been really good in training. We are really looking forward to the first game of the league,” he added.

Twenty-four players signed their contracts with the club yesterday, in the presence of DPMM FC Vice Chairman Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim bin Pengiran Indera Mahkota Pengiran Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin was also present.

Signing for DPMM FC were General Manager Mohamad Ali bin Haji Momin and Finance Officer Md Kamarul Ariffin bin Haji Arpan.

DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

01 May 2021

Kasuka FC compete for direct slot in AFC Cup group G

 The Committee also decided to cancel the AFC Cup Playoff Stage match between Hantharwady United FC who were originally scheduled to face the winner of the Preliminary Stage match between FC Chanthabouly (previously known as Lao Toyota FC) from Laos and Brunei Darussalam’s Kasuka FC.

FC Chanthabouly and Kasuka FC will instead compete for a direct slot in Group G occupying position G4, alongside Hanoi FC from Vietnam, Bali United FC from Indonesia and Cambodia’s Boeung Ket.


04 April 2021

Brunei national team held to 1-1 draw in friendly

 Fadhil Yunus

The Brunei Darussalam national football team were held to a 1-1 draw by Brunei Super League (BSL) All Stars in a friendly match held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on Tuesday night.

The national team took the lead in the 21st minute after forward Razimie Ramlli powered home a firm header in the near post following a corner from his DPMM FC teammate Azwan
Ali Rahman.

The Wasps looked for a second as a clever passage of play resulted in the ball into the path of an on-rushing Muhd Hanif Farhan bin Azman, but the left back placed his header over the bar.

It was a foreign-inspired move that led to the leveller in the second half as Abiodun Fatai Babatunde delivered a precise ball into the box before Leon Sullivan Taylor dispatched a fine low finish past goalkeeper Wardun bin Yussof.

Brunei substitute Abdul Azizi bin Ali Rahman tried to squeeze his shot into the bottom corner but the BSL All Stars goalkeeper Azman Ilham bin Haji Md Noor was equal to the task tipping the ball away to safety.

Azizi’s fierce shot took a deflection off substitute Reduan bin Haji Petara who was fortunate to see the ball land wide off the post.

The national team stepped up the pressure as Hendra Azam bin Mohd Idris saw an attempt crash against the bar before the ensuing rebound from Azizi flew agonisingly wide.

Brunei’s Muhd Hariz Danial bin Haji Khallidden nearly found the winner in the dying moments of the game but his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Samuel Kojo Abbey.

The clash against a Brunei Super League all-star team was their second friendly match in a space of a few days after coming off a 4-0 victory against Kasuka FC last weekend.


31 March 2021

All Stars gather for friendly

 James Kon

The Brunei Darussalam national football team will face the Brunei Super League All Stars team in a friendly match at Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex today at 8pm.

During a press conference, National Team Manager Pengiran Haji Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin said “We want to test out our players against the Brunei Super League All Stars. It won’t be an easy match against the best of the league.”

Brunei Super League All Stars Team Manager Mohd Nazib bin Haji Ali said “The selection process for All Stars was quite tough. We were given one week to prepare. We looked for fit players through club managers and coaches.

“We selected players from Kota Rangers, MS ABDB, Indera FC, Kasuka FC and so on. Most are new names.”

Mohd Nazib said the national squad is well prepared based on the recent match against
Kasuka FC.

Meanwhile, All Stars only had three training sessions and one friendly match within a week leading to limited time for preparation and building team chemistry.

Brunei Super League All Stars coach Rosanan bin Abdullah Samak said, “We will do our best against the national team and I convey my gratitude to Kasuka FC, MS ABDB and other clubs for allowing their players join the team.”

Mohd Nazib hoped for Brunei National coach Datuk K Rajagobal to look for some of the best players in Brunei Super League All Stars team to add to the national squad.

The entry fee is BND5 and all proceeds will to a local charity. The match will adhere to Ministry of Health directives where only 500 fans are allowed in the venue. Temperature checks will be at the entrance and fans must also wear face masks.

Tickets will be available two hours before the kickoff time.


30 March 2021

Today : Brunei NT 1-1 Brunei All-stars

 The Brunei Super League (BSL) All-Stars held the Brunei national football team to a 1-1 draw in a friendly tonight.

Razimie Ramlli gave the Wasps the lead in the opening half before Leon Sullivan Taylor levelled after the break.

28 March 2021

Second-half substitutes inspire national team to 4-0 win over Kasuka

 Fadhil Yunus

A quartet of substitutes came off the bench to inspire the Brunei Darussalam national team to a 4-0 victory over local club Kasuka FC in a friendly football match at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas on Friday.

The friendly match marked a first live football match in the country for over a year following the implementation of Level 5 (New Normal) de-escalation plan, which took effect earlier this month.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men just shy of the break after national forward Abdul Azizi bin Ali Rahman and Kasuka defender Samuel Kojo Abbey were given their marching orders in the 43rd minute by referee Amdillah Zainuddin.

After a goalless first half, Hamizan Aziz bin Sulaiman opened the scoring in the 54th minute before fellow substitute Mohd Najib bin Haji Tarif doubled the lead in the 73rd minute.

Razimie bin Ramlli got into the act in the 80th minute before Maziri bin Maidin concluded the scoring four minutes from time.

Left back Muhd Hanif Farhan bin Azman was given the nod while Asri bin Haji Aspar, who earned his first cap in the World Cup qualifiers against Mongolia, started in centre midfield.

With Muhammad Azwan Ali Rahman installed as captain, his young DPMM FC teammate Hakeme Yazid bin Said led the line upfront alongside Abdul Azizi.

The match also enabled Kasuka, who have been drawn against FC Chanthabouly in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, to introduce their new foreign arrivals including Japanese goalkeeper Wada Shota, Nigerian defender Babatunde Fatai and Ghanaian defender Samuel Kojo.

Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Alwin Yapo and Liberian forward Leon Sullivan Taylor were already part of the Kasuka team in the Brunei Super League last year before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wasps have also been scheduled to play an all-star team next at the same venue
on Tuesday.


27 March 2021


 Yee Chun Leong


DPMM FC are set to participate in the upcoming Brunei Super League.

The Brunei side had to sit out the Singapore Premier League for the second straight season due to Brunei’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.

All sports events can be now carried out in Brunei following the implementation of Level 5 (New Normal) de-escalation plan from March 8 and the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) had announced that the country’s top-tier football competition is slated to begin on June 20.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Brunei Super League,” said DPMM FC coach Adrian Pennock in an interview with BruSports News earlier today.

“It’s been over a year since we played our last competitive game,” he added.

DPMM FC last played competitively in a 2-0 victory over Tampines Rovers FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium in Berakas on March 6 last year.

They have been busy prepping themselves since early this year and Pennock felt that his charges are ready for the challenge.

“We’ve been preparing since January 6th to play in the Singapore Premier League but obviously because of restrictions we couldn’t travel,” said Pennock.

“So the boys have trained hard since then and have been fantastic all pre-season.

“Now we have to lower training times and days to get the balance right to start competitive for June,” added the Englishman.

Pennock revealed that there won’t be many changes to their 2019 title-winning squad.

They have also retained their trio of imports defender Charlie Clough, forward Andrei Varankou and goalkeeper Emerson Conceicao for this year’s campaign.

“The squad has been tinkered with a little bit but the majority of the squad is the same as the last two seasons,” said the 49-year-old.

“I’m looking to get younger players through if we can but they have to be good enough,” he concluded.


26 March 2021

Brunei National Team 4-0 Kasuka Fc

 Brunei NT won 4-0 against Kasuka Fc in a friendly today.


The Brunei Darussalam national team defeated Kasuka FC 4-0 in a friendly match with goals coming in at the second half of the game. Scoring for the national team were Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman, Mohd Najib Hj Tarif, Razimie Ramli and Maziri Maidin.

06 March 2021

Indera SC make early preparations

 Fadhil Yunus

Indera Sports Club (ISC) have made early preparations for future competitions through continuous training sessions, despite the unconfirmed resumption of the Brunei Super League season, the club announced recently.

Despite the wait, the club stressed the importance of lifting the players’ spirit and stepping up their fitness levels.

“We want to see the players be able to regain the ability to perform basic touches of their technical game,” said ISC Team Manager Pengiran Abdul Azim bin Pengiran Haji Othman said during a training session at the NFABD Football Field.

While complying with standard operating procedure set by the authorities, the players were seen training hard in preparation for a possible domestic competition.

Pengiran Abdul Azim said the squad have made positive steps with the improvements and fitness progress, and will continue to strengthen the team.

Last year, the Brunei Super League was cancelled to comply with measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.


DPMM FC to sit out 2021 SPL season

 Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC will not be competing in the 2021 Singapore Premier League (SPL) season due to travel restrictions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) confirmed on Tuesday.

The Brunei club informed the FAS on their withdrawal, which was similar to their omission last October when the league restarted without the then-champions.

“Both parties made significant efforts to explore mutually satisfactory arrangements for DPMM FC’s participation in the league, but it is unfortunate that these did not work out,” the FAS statement said.

“While the situation is unfortunate, the FAS appreciates that DPMM FC has done everything possible to resume its place in the SPL, but has to abide by Brunei’s national policies set out to contain the virus.

“DPMM FC remains an integral part of the SPL and we look forward to welcoming them back next season,” the FAS added.

The SPL, which is entering its 26th season, will kick off on March 13 with eight teams.

Matches will be played behind closed doors. However, the FAS will review this in consultation with the authorities once the season progresses.

Only essential match-day personnel will be allowed in the venue and comprehensive protocols will remain in place for their safety.

Meanwhile, the quota for foreign imports has been revised with effect from the 2021 season in line with the requirements of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) club competitions.

Each SPL club, excluding Albirex Niigata (S) and Young Lions, is allowed to register a maximum of four foreign players with no age restrictions, of whom at least one should be of the nationality of an AFC member association.

The number of substitutions for each team will revert to three while the maximum number of substitutes players allowed in the bench will also revert to seven.

Fixture schedules have been released with reigning holders Albirex Niigata (S) opening their title defence with a clash against Hougang United, and Lion City Sailors taking on Tampines Rovers FC.

DPMM FC’s last match in the SPL was a 2-0 home victory against Tampines Rovers FC on March 6 last year, but the result was annulled following their withdrawal.


05 February 2021

K Rajagobal primed to shake up Brunei football

 Fadhil Yunus

The appointment of K Rajagobal as the new head coach of Brunei Darussalam’s football is hoped to change the country’s football state, said National Football Association (NFABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan.

“The arrival of Datuk (K Rajagobal) in Brunei Darussalam serves to provide a starting point in changing the landscape of the country’s football,” the president said during the closing ceremony of the referee and assistant referee seminar 2021 at the Youth Centre in Pekan Baru Bangar, Temburong District recently.

“NFABD in its strategic plan, among others, is to nurture a football team that will change the fortunes and position of the national team,” he said.

“The 191st FIFA ranking has been implanted in our minds for a long time. We hope the arrival of K Rajagobal in Brunei Darussalam will change the current state.

“We need appropriate planning to build a team systematically, and we need to have the cooperation of all parties.”

Pengiran Haji Matusin conveyed his gratitude to the AFF Championship-winning coach for accepting the role.

He added, “It is a big challenge because we need to show to the public that we mean business and we want to produce positive results. It doesn’t mean that we will beat any team tomorrow in any competition. What we want to see is improvement of how we can close the gap from before.

“We also engage consultants like Mr Jeysing (Muthiah) to assist in football development not only on the field but also mentally – how we can guide teams and players towards excellence.”

Meanwhile, the NFABD President thanked referees for their commitment to improve the standard of refereeing in football, saying, “Such courses will not help equip them with knowledge but also education of the Laws of the Game.”

He hoped the referees and assistants will apply their newfound knowledge in competitions, especially in the Brunei Super League.


NFABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan makes a speech during the seminar. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

30 January 2021

Kasuka scheduled to play Lao Toyota FC in AFC Cup debut

 Fadhil Yunus

Kasuka FC have to negotiate past Lao Toyota FC in the preliminary stage and then Hantharwardy United in the subsequent play-off stage to reach the group stage of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2021.

The local club, who is set to make their debut in the AFC Cup, will be the second team after Indera SC to represent Brunei Darussalam in the second tier continental cup competition.

The qualifying phase of the competition will see six regional clubs battling it out for two berths in the main draw of the ASEAN Zone in Group G and H.

The preliminary stage in the ASEAN Zone is slated to be held on April 28 while the playoff stage will be held on May 19.

The Brunei-based club will be drawn in Group G alongside Vietnam’s Hanoi FC, Indonesia’s Bali United and Cambodia’s Boeung Ket if they prevail as one of the two play-off winners.

Meanwhile, Group H consists of Kedah Darul Aman, Lion City Sailors, Saigon and the second play-off winner while Kaya FC- Iloilo, Terengganu, Geylang International and Shah United or Ayewandy United complete Group I.

While qualification could not be determined following the cancellation of the Brunei Super League last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kasuka were the best-placed team among the three other local clubs – which met the AFC Club Licensing status – in the 2018/ 2019 season.

Kasuka FC emerged as runners-up that season but a place in AFC Cup qualifying was eventually awarded to Indera SC as they were the only club eligible for participation in AFC-sanctioned tournaments having met club licensing requirements.

The other three local clubs that have successfully met the AFC Club Licensing status were Indera SC, Kota Ranger FC and DPMM FC.

The other preliminary round tie will pit Cambodia’s Visakha FC against Timor Leste’s Lalenok United FC with the winner taking on Indonesia’s Persipura Jayapura for a place in Group H.

According to the official draw of the AFC Cup group stage yesterday, matches in the ASEAN Zone are scheduled to kick off on June 22.

The centralised matches will kick off in the South, Central and East Zone on May 14 before the West Zone commences on May 23.

Kasuka’s opponent Lao Toyota earned a berth in this year’s AFC Cup after being crowned Lao Premier League champions last season.