22 January 2022

Brunei part ways with Rajagobal

 BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (22 Jan 2022) – The FA of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) and Datuk K. Rajagobal have mutually agreed to part ways by end of January 2022.

This is a difficult decision for FABD as Rajagobal had served with distinction since February last year.

But the prevalent situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for both parties.

In recognising his contribution, FABD expressed gratitude for his short but impactful service and was sad to see him leave in an untimely manner.


07 January 2022

Brunei DS to take part in five AFF events in 2022

 BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (5 Jan 2022) – The FA of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) have stated their intention to take part in five competitions organized by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) this year.

However, the confirmation of participation will be subjected to the national teams’ ability to train in full conditions, and the approval from the Brunei Darussalam government to travel outside of the country – given the prevalent conditions of COVID-19.

The five competitions that FABD have the intention to participate in are –

– AFF U23 Championship 2022 in Cambodia  

– AFF Futsal Championship 2022 in Thailand

– AFF Futsal Club Championship 2022 in Thailand

– AFF U16 Championship 2022 in Indonesia

– AFF U19 Championship 2022 in Indonesia


FABD view these regional tournaments as important platforms to raise the standard of the Brunei DS national teams.


01 January 2022

Brunei drawn in Group ‘A’ in under-23 meet

 Fadhil Yunus

The national football team will be expected to make their debut appearance in the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-23 Championship 2022 following an official draw ceremony in Singapore yesterday.

The young Wasps are poised to meet Cambodia, Timor Leste and Philippines in Group ‘A’ while Group B pit Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Laos. Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore complete Group C.

Teams were ranked based on the previous edition of the tournament in 2019.

The premier tournament for under-23 national teams in Southeast Asia will see Cambodia play host for the second consecutive time from February 14 to 26 next year. Matches will take centre stage at the Morodok Techno Stadium and Prince Stadium.

Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan said, “As a member of AFF, it is obligatory to participate in this tournament.”

He added, “It was earlier informed to all members that this tournament is used as a warm-up and trial for Cambodia hosting the Southeast Asian Games.”

He said preparations had commenced and officials and players had been called up.

“However, with the current situation, it had thrown preparations into chaos to the extent that FABD had to withdraw from the Suzuki Cup.”

“While other teams are in full preparations, we are in a dilemma. We’ll keep trying to maximise whatever can be done.

He concluded, “We’ll do our best and we have to be realistic. Our players deserve more and let’s hope we can prepare and train properly.”

Meanwhile, AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth said, “In just over a month from now, the AFF Under-23s will kick off and fans in our region will again be on their toes cheering on their favourite national under-23 teams.

He added, “We are all eagerly looking forward to this exciting competition that will feature the region’s future stars.”

The president highlighted that the AFF Under-23 Championship will be a permanent fixture in the competition calendar.

“This age-group competition will complement the existing programmes of the Southeast Asian teams and help them prepare for key competitions including the Olympics, Asian Games and SEA Games.”

AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth and AFF Vice President Dato’ Sri Francisco Kalbuadi Lay conducted the draw.