12 August 2023

International friendly : Laos U23 2-0 Brunei U23


It’s…. MATCH DAY! 🇧🇳
🏟️ Lao National Stadium KM16
🕔 5pm (Brunei)

Follow the live broadcast of this international friendly match between Laos and Brunei Darussalam on Facebook: Lao National Football Federation

09 August 2023

Under-23 national team off to Vientiane for international friendly

 The national under-23 team left for Vientiane yesterday to take part in an international friendly match against Laos’ national under-23 team at the Laos National Stadium.

The delegation comprised 23 players and 10 officials led by team manager Pengiran Haji Mohd Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin.

The team will be under the guidance of head coach Atsushi Hanita, who received his first big break having played significant roles within the national setup.

The Young Wasps are expected to partake in a training session before commencing their warm-up match at the 20,000-seater capacity stadium.

The trip will serve as their final preparations ahead of the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-23 Football Championship, which is slated to be held from August 17 to 26 in Thailand. The group stage matches will be played at the Rayong Province Stadium while the knock-out matches will be contested at the Chonburi Stadium.

Brunei have been drawn in Group ‘A’ alongside hosts Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan sent the team off at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.

Also present were General Secretary Mohammad Shanon bin Haji Mohd Salleh, Technical Director Paul Christopher Munster, executive committee members Haji Md Noor bin Haji Abdul Hamid, Ah Chua Bangau and Bujang bin Haji Japar. –

 Fadhil Yunus

08 August 2023

23 national under-23 players called up for AFF meet

 Twenty-three players have been selected to represent the Brunei Darussalam national under-23 team for the upcoming ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-23 Championship, the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) announced on Monday.

The playing squad include three goalkeepers Jefri Syafiq Ishak from KB FC, Kota Ranger FC’s Riyan Aiman Jali, and DPMM FC Under-20’s Khairul Hisyam Norihwan.

The seven defenders are Indera SC trio Amirul Aizad Zaidi, Abdul Basith Murtadha Billah Hussin and Hirman Abdul Latif; Ar Rawda FC’s Khoirunnaas Khalid; MS ABDB’s Abdul Wafiy Yazid Sudirman; as well as Kasuka FC pair Nazhan Zulkifle and Wafiq Danish Hasimulabdillah.

The midfielders are Indera SC pair Syafiq Safiuddin Abdul Shariff and Azhari Danial Yusra; KB FC’s Khairan Zikry Zulkhairi; MS ABDB trio Nazry Aiman Azaman, Ali Munawwar Abdul Rahman, and Hadif Aiman Adanan; MS PPDB’s Rozandy Anak Bujang; Kota Ranger duo Imam Mahdi Suhaimi and Haziq Naqiuddin Syamra; as well as Kasuka FC’s Abdul Hafiy Herman. 

The forwards line are IKLS MB5 duo Syaherrul Affendy Syahmirul Nizam and Qusyairi Haiqal Arabimulfhasal; and Kasuka FC’s Bazli Aminuddin.

The Young Wasps will leave for Vientiane on October 9 to take part in an international friendly match against Laos this Saturday in preparation for the AFF meet.

Brunei marked their maiden appearance in the competition last year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The AFF Under-23 Championship 2023 will be held in Thailand from August 17 to 22. – Fadhil Yunus


31 July 2023

Brunei to meet Indonesia in World Cup qualifiers

 Brunei Darussalam will play a two-legged tie against Indonesia in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification – Asian Football Confederation (AFC) First Round in October later this year.

Brunei will begin the first leg away at the Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta on October 12 before playing them again in the second leg at home on October 17.

The winner of the qualifying match will proceed to the second round in Group ‘F’ alongside Iraq, Vietnam and Philippines.

This was shared by Brunei Darussalam National Team Manager Pengiran Haji Mohd Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin at a press conference at the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) House.

FABD General Secretary Mohammad Shahnon bin Haji Mohd Salleh added, “For the FIFA Window in September 2023, Brunei Darussalam in principle through the FABD has agreed to hold two Tier 1 friendly matches.”

In preparing towards their upcoming qualifying match, Brunei Darussalam is expected to play two friendly matches against Timor Leste on September 6 as well as a visit to Hong Kong on September 11.

The national futsal team will take part in the AFC Futsal Asian Cup Qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain.

Brunei have been drawn in Group ‘F’ alongside Kuwait, Timor Leste and Bahrain as the designated host country.

Brunei will kick off against Kuwait at the Khalifa Sports City Hall in Manama, Bahrain on October 7 followed by a match against Bahrain two days later.

The Wasps will conclude their group stage campaign against Timor Leste on October 11.

Meanwhile, Brunei Under-23 National Team Co-Manager Haji Adee Suhardee bin Haji Muhidin shared that the national under-23 team will take part in two competitions this year namely the 2023 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-23 Championship and the 2024 AFC Under-23 Asian Cup qualification.

The regional AFF meet will be held from August 17 to 26 in Thailand while the AFC tournament will run from September 6 to 12 with Jordan designated as the hosts in Brunei’s group in Group ‘A’. The Young Wasps will begin their campaign in the AFF meet against Cambodia on August 17 at the Rayong Provincial Stadium followed by hosts Thailand on August 19 and lastly Myanmar on August 21.

This will be followed with the AFC tournament where Brunei have been drawn alongside Jordan, Syria and Oman.

They will play Jordan on September 6 followed by Syria on September 9 and Oman on September 12.

Prior to the major international competitions, the under-23 team will also be involved in a friendly match against Laos on August 12. – Fadhil Yunus


International Friendly Matches


29 July 2023

International U23 Friendly - Laos vs Brunei


🇱🇦 🆚 🇧🇳 Brunei U23 The friendly match will held in Thailand to prepare for the AFF U23 Championship 2023

25 June 2023

DPMM FC enjoy biggest win of the season

 Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC produced their biggest win of the season in the Singapore Premier League 2023 following a comprehensive 6-0 rout over Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore last night.

The Gegar Gegar men got off to the perfect start after winger Azwan bin Ali Rahman struck the ball with a crisp finish within two minutes of the clock.

The designated hosts doubled their lead four minutes later as forward Andrei Varankou beat Young Lions goalkeeper Umayr Sujuandy with a looping header.

DPMM FC new signing Farshad Noor opened his account after converting from the spot in the 39th minute and helped his new team establish a 3-0 lead.

Adrian Pennock’s charges were clinical as Muhammad Hanif Farhan bin Azman joined in the act after firing a volley past the Young Lions goalkeeper in the 47th minute.

Varankou netted his brace and made it five to the good following a long-range effort just four minutes later.

DPMM FC young forward Hakeme Yazid bin Said put the icing on the cake after curling home a wonderful free-kick in the 66th minute. The Brunei outfit will play their next league match against Geylang International at the Our Tampines Hub in Singapore next Wednesday.


AFC Futsal Qualifiers - Brunei in group F - BRUNEI, Bahrain , Timor-Leste and Kuwait


Matches in October

28 April 2023

DPMM FC lose to Tampines 2-0

 Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC suffered their fifth defeat of the campaign in the Singapore Premier League after losing to Tampines Rovers 2-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on Thursday.

The hosts sent a signal of intent early in the game as Japanese forward Kyoga Nakamura rolled his shot straight into DPMM FC shot-stopper Haimie anak Nyaring.

It marked a century of shots in the league this season highlighted by the offensive threat of clubs.

Tampines Rovers forward Boris Kopitovic had nowhere to go with three defenders marking him closely but his crucial pass to Ong Yu En proved a major development in the game.

The under-21 talent took a massive deflection off a DPMM FC defender to gift his side the opening goal in the seventh minute.

Within a couple of minutes, the Stags doubled their lead as captain Yasir Hanapi’s shot slipped past Haimie in the near post.

Tampines quickly broke on the counter with Faris Ramli driving forward with purpose to set up Kopitovic whose shot was blocked by DPMM FC’s Najib Tarif.

The Gegar Gegar men had their best opportunity of the game as a header from Josip Balic came off the woodwork after Hakeme Yazid Said had put the ball back into the box.

The Brunei outfit showed attacking vigour as Andrei Varankou headed straight a Hakeme Yazid’s delivery at Tampines Rovers goalkeeper Ridhuan Barudin.

The visitors were awarded a penalty and an opportunity to reduce arrears following a handball from substitute Syed Firdaus Hassan but Varankou somehow blasted his shot wide.

DPMM FC missed the chance to leapfrog Tanjong Pagar into sixth while Tampines Rovers moved within a point off league leaders Albirex Niigata (S).


17 March 2023

Bangladesh to play two friendlies with Seychelles after Brunei withdrawal

 Football Association of Brunei Darussalam has withdrawn from playing Fifa friendly with Bangladesh which forced the Bangladesh Football Federation to cancel the tri-nation series, scheduled for later this month.

“All the preparation was taken to organize the Tri Nations Cup 2023 during March 22 to 28. Brunei will not come due to unavoidable circumstances. National team committee decided to hold two Fifa international matches against Seychelles,” said a press release from the BFF Tuesday.

Earlier, it was announced that Bangladesh, Brunei and Seychelles would play one match apiece with each other during March's Fifa international window in Sylhet.

After Brunei's refusal, Bangladesh will now play two friendlies against Seychelles on March 25 and March 28 at Sylhet District Stadium.


23 January 2023

2019 SPL champions Brunei DPMM to return after 3-year hiatus

 After a three-year hiatus, two-time champions Brunei DPMM will make their much-anticipated return to the Singapore Premier League (SPL) in 2023.

The 2015 and 2019 league winners have sat out of the SPL in the last three campaigns because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

DPMM general manager Ali Haji Momin told The Straits Times on Wednesday that he has received confirmation from Football Association of Singapore that they will be competing in the upcoming season, which is expected to kick off in mid-February.

He said: “We look forward to making our return and our target is of course to be champions again. The quality in the SPL has gone up in the last few years and we hope to add to that quality this season.”

On Wednesday, DPMM announced their four foreign players for the 2023 SPL season on their website.

Heading the list is 2019 SPL top scorer and former Belarus international Andrei Varankou, who plundered 21 goals in 22 games for the title winners. Former Spanish youth international Angel Martinez, Uzbekistani goalkeeper Akmal Tursunbaev and Croat midfielder Josip Balic are the other three foreigners in the squad.

DPMM will host home matches at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, said Ali, which will give SPL teams the full away experience for the first time in three years.

The team’s return will boost the quality of the league as they will come up against defending champions Albirex Niigata, 2021 champions Lion City Sailors, Hougang United and Tampines Rovers in the battle for the championship.

Hougang head coach Firdaus Kassim said: “Although the composition of the DPMM squad is unknown, over their past seasons in the SPL, they have traditionally competed for top spots.

“I am expecting the same in the upcoming season from them. Especially after they won the league in their last participation so I am very sure they are keen to (win) the league title.”

Tampines Rovers head coach Gavin Lee also welcomed DPMM’s return and previously told ST: “The travel over there is always a nice change for local teams, and most importantly DPMM are always a good side, and have good quality.”

The FAS has yet to officially announce DPMM’s return and details of the 2023 season have not been revealed. Last Thursday, the SPL’s official Facebook page uploaded a poster of the logos of all nine clubs for the 2023 season, including DPMM, only to take down the photo later. 

A provisional date of Feb 19 has been set for the Singapore Community Shield, the traditional curtain-raiser to the football season here, with the SPL to kick off on the 26th.

DPMM first joined Singapore’s domestic competition, known then as the S-League, in 2009. But, midway through that season, the team were expelled by Fifa for government interference in the affairs of the Brunei Football Association. However, they managed to win the League Cup before the suspension.

They returned to the S-League in 2012 after the ban was lifted and competed till 2020 as the club went on to win three more League Cups in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

In March 2020, DPMM started their SPL title defence with a 2-0 win over Tampines – a result that was eventually voided as the club could not return to complete the season. 

ST has contacted the FAS for comment on DPMM’s return and details on the 2023 SPL season.