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.
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.”