24 December 2022

AFF Cup - Philippines 5-1 Brunei

 In the meantime at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Philippines crushed Brunei Darussalam 5-1 to pick up their first win in the group following their loss to Cambodia in their opening tie a few days earlier.

In-form Kenshiro Daniels opened the scoring for Josep Ferre’s side in the seventh minute before Sandro Reyes found the second five minutes later.

A left-foot stunner from Jesus Melliza and a double from substitute Sebastian Rasmussen after the interval gave the Azkals a 5-1 win as Razimie Ramlli’s goal proved a mere consolation for Brunei DS.

The result means the tightly contested Group A now has four teams level on three points as the Philippines joined Indonesia, Cambodia and defending champions Thailand among the nations to have posted a win already in the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022.

“We needed the three points. It was important that we win today. The players were excellent on and off the ball. I would like to thank the fans who came today. We really felt their support,” added Philippines head coach Josep Ferre.


19 December 2022

Draw inspiration from World Cup underdogs, says FABD Chief

 Fadhil Yunus

The national football team were encouraged to take inspiration from the FIFA World Cup 2022 underdogs stories ahead of their match against Thailand in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup on December 20.

Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan drew attention to the string of shocking results produced by lower ranked teams during this year’s World Cup.

During the group stages, Asian minnows Saudi Arabia pulled off a major upset when they beat a Lionel Messi-led Argentina 2-1.

Japan stunned Germany and Spain; Tunisia registering a famous 1-0 victory over reigning world champions France; Cameroon edged world number one Brazil; South Korea netting a last-gasp winner over Portugal.

However, it was Morocco’s deep run into the semi-finals that earned widespread admiration among the wider football community, having beaten Spain and left global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in tears by knocking out Portugal.

Pengiran Haji Matusin said, “Our team should take heart from the performance of the underdogs and perform with confidence. I am sure the coach looks forward to a credible team performance.”

The national team will not be able to play in front of the home fans as their matches will be designated at the KLFA Stadium, with Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium currently  undergoing refurbishment.

The president said, “It is highly regretted with sadness that we could not play home matches at home. However, this should not dampen our spirit to give the very best.”

He also urged the Bruneian community residing in Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh and Manila- where Brunei will be playing- to come out in full force to support the team.

Meanwhile, National Head Coach Mario Rivera Campesino – who guided Brunei to their first appearance in the main draw of the Asean meet since 1996 – echoed the president’s sentiment on local fans not being able to watch the team play on home ground.

He said, “It is a shame that we can’t play in our stadium in front of many Bruneians to enjoy an amazing environment.

“But our players will give their best and in attitude and passion, none of the teams will win over Brunei.”


13 December 2022

National team in Malaysia for AFF preparations

 Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s football team left the country for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday to begin their final preparations ahead of the upcoming ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022.

The Wasps will be based in the Malaysian capital where they will play their home matches at the KLFA Stadium.

Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) Deputy President Haji Salleh Bostaman bin Haji Zainal Abidin and other FABD senior officials sent the team off at the Brunei International Airport.

The delegation is made up of 23 players and 14 officials, led by team manager Pengiran Haji Mohd Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin and accompanied by assistant team manager Ah Chua Bangau.

The three goalkeepers in the squad are Haimie anak Nyaring, Isyhra Jabidi and Jefri Ishak.

The defenders will see the returning Yura Indera Yunos in the squad, Wafi Aminuddin, Hanif Hamir, Mu’iz Sisa, Alinur Jufri, Shahme Suhaimi, Shafie Effendy and Fakharrazi Hassan.

The midfield players include Nurikhwan Othman, Hendra Azam, Azwan Ali Rahman, Naziruddin Ismail, Azwan Salleh, Najib Tarif, Hakeme Yazid Said and Haziq Kasyful Azim.

The forwards are Adi Said, Azizi Ali Rahman, Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman and Razimie Ramlli.

Under the guidance of head coach Mario Rivera Campesino, the national team qualified for the main draw of the tournament for the first time in 26 years after winning 6-3 in a two-legged tie against Timor Leste.

Brunei will begin their group stage campaign against Thailand on December 20 before flying off to face Philippines three days later at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

They will return to their adapted home stadium on December 26 to play against Indonesia before concluding their group stage match against Cambodia on December 29 at the Morodok Techno National Stadium in Phnom Penh.


10 December 2022



Brunei National Team head coach, Mario Rivera Campesino announced the list of 23 players to prepare for AFF CUp 2022.
👉 List of the squad :
•Haimie Nyaring (DPMM FC-1998)
•Ishyra Asmin (MS ABDB-1998)
•Jeferi Syafiq (KB FC-2002)
•Alinur Rashimy (Kasuka FC-2000)
•Muiz Sisa (DPMM FC-1991)
•Fakharrazi (DPMM FC-1989)
•Najib Tarif(DPMM FC-1988)
•Hanif Hamir (DPMM FC-1997)
•Wafi Aminuddin (DPMM FC-2000)
•Ak Yura Indera (DPMM FC-1996)
•Nur Ikhwan (DPMM FC-1993)
•Hendra Azam (DPMM FC-1988)
•Azwan Ali Rahman (DPMM FC-1992)
•Khairil Shahme (Kasuka FC-1993)
•Azwan Salleh ( DPMM FC-1988)
•Haziq Kasyful (Kasuka FC-1998)
•Hakeme Yazid( DPMM FC-2003)
•Adi Said(Kasuka FC-1990)
•Azizi Ali Rahman( DPMM FC-1987)
•Razimie Ramlie( DPMM FC-1990)
•Hamizan Aziz (Indera SC-1989)
•Naziruddin Ismail ( MS PPDB -1998)
•Shafiee Effendy (MS ABDB -1995)

Brunei readying for ASEAN football meet

 Fadhil Yunus

The Brunei Darussalam national football team are currently stepping up their training preparations in anticipation of the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 (AMEC 2022) later this month.

The Wasps, led by Head Coach Mario Rivera Campesino and his coaching team, held a training session at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.

Team Manager Pengiran Haji Mohd Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin and Assistant Team Manager Ah Chua Bangau were present to oversee the preparations.

Pengiran Haji Mohd Waslimin said in an interview with the Bulletin, “We want to provide competition to our opponents. We are also the underdogs coming into our fixtures.”

Among those who were seen in training were several DPMM FC players as well as several players from domestic clubs.

Some 26 to 30 players are currently involved in training ahead of the squad announcement to determine who will be on the plane to Kuala Lumpur.

The final squad, which is expected to consist 23 players as well as 14 officials, is due to leave the country on December 12, where they will then enter the final phase of their pre-tournament preparations.

Brunei will be based in the Malaysian capital at least for the entirety of the group stage, where they will be playing their home matches at the KLFA Stadium.

Mario’s charges is also expected to play a sparring match against a Malaysian-based club a day after their arrival at the UPM Stadium.

The players had been called up for international duty since March 2022 before they played their first international match against Laos.

The national team had since played six international matches, with the 1-0 victory against Laos during the Tri-Nations series last September serving as confidence booster ahead of the crucial AMEC qualification round against Timor Leste.

Brunei produced one of their biggest wins in international history after beating Timor Leste 6-2 in the first leg, en route to qualification to the group draw of the AMEC 2022.

The Wasps will make their first competitive appearance in Asean football in 26 years against Thailand on December 20.

They will then travel to the Philippines to face the Azkals three days later before returning to their adopted home stadium to meet Indonesia on December 26. Brunei will conclude their group stage campaign against Cambodia away on December 29.



 Yee Chun Leong


DPMM FC were crowned champions of the Brunei FA Cup 2022 after edging Kasuka FC 2-1 in the final on Sunday.

Kasuka had taken the lead in the 12th minute courtesy of Leon Sullivan Taylor at the Balapan Track & Field in Berakas.

Taylor, who finished as the tournament's topscorer with 25 goals to his name, had beaten his marker before firing it home at the near post.

DPMM FC levelled late into first half added time.

Najib Hj Tarif had his cross cleared only to as far as Azwan Ali Rahman.

He then struck from just inside the box to beat Azman Ilham in between the Kasuka sticks.

DPMM FC took the lead from a freekick in the 72nd minute.

The initial ball was headed towards Shahrazen Said and he turned it towards goal.

Shahrazen, who turns 37 on December 14, celebrated his 19th goal of the campaign with a trademark somersault.

Kasuka had calls for a penalty nine minutes later waved off by the referee much to the dismay of their fans.

DPMM FC could have killed off the game minutes from time.

Hakeme Said, who bagged the best young player award, had put Razimie Ramlli through on goal.

He rounded the keeper before cutting back for Najib, who some how puts it wide from eight yards out.

Kasuka continued to put pressure on the DPMM FC defence but to no avail.

The winners took home a sum of $10,000 while the runners-up walked away with $7,000.

Nur Ikhwan Othman of DPMM FC won the best player award.


18 November 2022

Brunei to play home matches at KLFA Stadium in AFF meet

 Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam will be playing matches designated as a home team at the KLFA Stadium during the upcoming AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup (AMEC 2022) in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD).

FABD Media and Communications Standing Committee Chairman Bujang bin Haji Japar announced this during a press conference at the FABD Theatre Hall in Jalan Pusat Persidangan yesterday.

The KLFA Stadium was chosen as the home ground for Brunei Darussalam on the basis of complying with the standards set by the organisers AFF, which require AMEC matches to be played in Tier 1 stadiums.

This decision was also made considering that the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium is still in the process of upgrading and cannot be fully utilised.

Brunei Darussalam have been drawn in Group ‘A’ alongside powerhouses Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia.

The Wasps will open their group matches against Thailand on December 20 followed by the Philippines three days later and Indonesia on December 26, before concluding their campaign against Cambodia on December 29. The national team will depart for Kuala Lumpur on December 12 with 10 officials and 23 players.

Avid local football fans and enthusiasts are welcome to watch and support the team.

Admission tickets can be found at the KLFA Stadium, with further details to be announced later. Brunei Darussalam qualified to the group stage of the competition after defeating Timor Leste 6-3 in aggregate over two legs in the qualification round.

Also present were FABD General Secretary Mohd Shahnon bin Haji Mohd Salleh and Brunei Darussalam Team Manager Pengiran Haji Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin.


11 November 2022

Brunei secure berth in AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup group stage

 Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s football team made history after they qualified to the group stage of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup (AMEC 2022) following a 6-3 aggregate win over Timor Leste in a two-legged qualification round.

The Wasps lost 1-0 in the reverse leg at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday, but a convincing 6-2 win in the first leg was enough to take place in the main draw against the rest of the Southeast Asian teams.

The national team, who will make an appearance in the regional meet for the first time since 1996, will join powerhouses Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia in the main draw, which commences next month.

Timor Leste midfielder Jhon Oliveira found a way to unlock the home defence but Brunei goalkeeper Haimie anak Nyaring intervened by sticking his legs out to deny a certain goal.

For all Timor Leste’s attacking endeavours, they deservedly took the lead on the day as Mouzinho Barreto De Lima poked the ball home from close range following an appetising pass by Joao Pedro Da Silva Freitas.

Timor Leste came close towards doubling the lead as Mario Quintao saw his cross-cum-shot grazed against the bar, before substitute Alexandro Kefi fired his shot wide from the rebound.

Brunei goalkeeper Haimie then comfortably saved a tame shot from Joao Freitas three minutes from time.

Brunei’s team captain Hendra Azam Idris said the team deserved to progress to the main draw of the competition.

Meanwhile, Timor Leste head coach Gopalkrishnan A S Ramasamy lamented his side’s missed opportunities despite showing their ability to win. He said, “We did not convert our chances apart from the goal that we’ve scored right at the end of the first half.”


21 September 2022

Friendly - Brunei 0-3 Maldives

 Brunei Darussalam lost 3-0 against Maldives in the first match of the tri-nation series at the Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex today.

While being active on offense, the senior team failed to register a goal.
Maldives' Ibrahim Waheed Hassan gave his country the first score at the 36th minute of the game; followed by Hamza Mohammad at the 73rd; and Hassan Raif Ahmed during the third minute of the extra time.
Maldives will be facing Laos this Saturday, 24th September, 4pm at the same place.

20 September 2022

Tri-Nations Tournament in Brunei


Greetings folks!
As you all have heard, we will be having international friendly matches between Brunei Darussalam, Maldives and Laos this week.
The matches are very important match as this may help all countries involved to improve their FIFA ranking.
Brunei Darussalam is currently at 190, Maldives at 156 and Laos 183.
Tickets can be bought at the FABD House now. 1 match for $10, 2 match for $18 and all matches for $25!
If you wish to book online, please fill in the online booking form here:
Let us all support our national team by watching them in action at the Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. Kickoff is at 4PM.
See you!

04 September 2022

Brunei face Timor Leste in AFF qualifiers

 Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s football team will play Timor Leste in the qualification round of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 following an official draw ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.

The Wasps will host the first leg of the tie, with the dates yet to be ascertained, while Timor Leste will welcome the Bruneians for the second leg.

The winner of the two-legged tie will secure a spot in Group ‘A’ alongside defending champions Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia. Group ‘B’ comprises Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Laos.

Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan conducted the draw for the qualifying round.

The tournament, which will be held from December 20 to January 16, will see the return of the home and away format.

AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth said, “The AFF Championship has always been the crown jewel of football and we are delighted to see the return of the tournament this year as the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022.

“The past couple of years have been very tough for everyone in the region. But, we are emerging stronger together from these challenges and has become more united as a football community.”

The president added that they were able to host the 2020 AFF Championship successfully last year and credited the member associations, partners and stakeholders for their cooperation and support.

“We know our passionate and loyal fans are eagerly looking forward to see the teams in action again,” he said, welcoming fans from various countries to enliven the tournament.

Brunei’s only appearance in the competition’s main draw was in 1996.

Thailand won the last edition of the competition after defeating Indonesia 6-2 in aggregate during the final match at the Singapore’s National Stadium on New Years’ Day.


Brunei lose to Sarawak 2-0 in friendly

 Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s under-20 team slipped to a 2-0 loss to Sarawak under-20 team during a Tier II international friendly match at the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) Artificial Football Field in Berakas yesterday.

The hosts had a wonderful opportunity to take the lead after Hakeme Yazid bin Said delicately controlled a neat pass, but his shot rolled agonisingly wide.

Shortly after, Sarawak pulled ahead through Muhammad Adifbadri Ariffin in the 10th minute.

The visitors nearly doubled their lead after Alan Lagang Keryer carved open the Brunei defence but his low effort ended wide.

Hakeme, who was the country’s most influential player, was nearly rewarded with an equaliser after coming clean through but his effort went inches wide.

Brunei made the first substitution of the game with Muhammad Bazli Aminuddin replacing Awangku Md Idzzaham Aleshahmezan bin Pengiran Metali just before half-time.

The substitute got the crowd on its feet after pressuring the Sarawak’s defence early into the second half.

The Sukma-bound team eventually doubled their lead as Mohammad Faris bin Mohd Faidhillah converted a penalty in the 73rd minute.

The international friendly match provided an opportunity for local spectators to witness the national age-group team in action against foreign opposition on home soil.

Permanent Secretary (Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud attended the match.

FABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan was also present.


Brunei to host international friendlies against Laos, Maldives

 Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam will host a series of international friendly matches to kick-start football activities following a lengthy absence owed to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) yesterday.

The series of international matches will begin with the national under-20 team playing against the Sarawak under-20 team, while the national ‘A’ team are expected to play friendly matches against Laos and Maldives next month.

The match between Brunei and Sarawak under-20 teams will be held at the FABD Artificial Football Field on August 28 at 4pm.

Meanwhile, the venue for the international matches involving the senior national team is yet to be confirmed amid the need to accommodate a larger attendance.

FABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan said, “After almost three years, FABD has not seen any international football match in Brunei Darussalam.

Alhamdulillah, the under-20 team and the ‘A’ team will play against teams that have been invited to compete in the Sultanate.”

Meanwhile, FABD Deputy President Haji Salleh Bostaman bin Haji Zainal Abidin expressed gratitude to be able to invite international teams for friendly matches.

“This is to provide the opportunity not only for the residents of Brunei but football fans to witness international matches that could not be viewed during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The Sarawak under-20 team are preparing for the Malaysian Games (SUKMA), the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) said.

It will be the first international match that will be staged at the FABD Artificial Football Field, which has been certified to host international friendly matches despite housing a limited capacity for spectators.

Haji Salleh Bostaman also shared that there will be Tier 1 matches – a senior international game recognised by the International Federation and Association Football (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) which could alter the ranking of Brunei Darussalam’s national team.

“Insya Allah, the three games with Laos and Maldives will be held in Brunei starting September 21,” he said.

“We cannot confirm the location yet but we will obtain approval from the authorities. Insya Allah, we will find a bigger venue to accommodate more fans.

“We (FABD) are excited to bring the four international matches into the country, for football fans.”

The national ‘A’ team have been scheduled to meet Maldives on September 21 and Laos on September 27.


30 August 2022

AFF Cup 2022 - Brunei in group A


BANGKOK (30 Aug 2022) – The Official Draw for the biggest football competition in South East Asia, the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022, concluded today, revealing the pathway to glory for the 10 participating teams.

Defending champions Thailand will face 2020 edition’s runners-up Indonesia in Group A.

The two sides last faced each other in the Finals of the 2020 tournament. Philippines, Cambodia and the winners of the qualification round matches between Brunei Darussalam and TimorLeste will join them in Group A.

The qualification round matches have been scheduled for 5 and 15 November.

2018 champions Vietnam will face 2010 winners Malaysia, four-time champions Singapore, Myanmar and Laos in Group B.

With less than four months to go until the tournament kicks off, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) also announced that the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 will take place from 20 December 2022 to 16 January 2023, across the 10 ASEAN cities in a full home-and-away format.