Sixteen teams will be competing for the top places in the Brunei Super League this year – six of them are newcomers.

For this latest season, top rankers MS ABDB, Kasuka FC, Wijaya FC, Indera SC as well as other teams including Kota Ranger, MS PPDB, Lin Bawang, Setia Perdana, IKLS MB-5 and Bakes will also testing their mettle against DPMM FC, Panchor Murai, Rimba Star, BSRC, Tabuan Academy and KB FT.

With new teams included, the league which is scheduled to start February 28 will allow each team to play at least 30 games with two rounds of matches throughout the season.

Besides the league, Brunei will also see the Sumbangsih Cup starting on February 8, which will see an opening match that pitched MS ABDB against Kota Ranger FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

The FA Cup, on the other hand, will begin sometime in June while Brunei Futsal League to be held after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

The under-16 and under-19 youth leagues will be held sometime in March and are expected to end by September.

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Pengiran Haji Matusin Pengiran Haji Matasan announced all of these dates at a recent press conference that was held at the Multipurpose Hall of the NFABD House.

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Pengiran Haji Matusin Pengiran Haji Matasan delivering his opening remarks. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

In his opening speech, the president shared NFABD’s drive to host more competitions that are of prestige and encourage more teams to participate in them.

NFABD, he said, will be moving towards improving the quality of football in the sultanate at a steady pace, especially after undergoing administrative changes in November last year.

Team representatives addressing the media during the press conference. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
Team representatives addressing the media during the press conference. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“What NFABD envisions is combined efforts to increase the performance and quality of the respective teams,” he said.

Additionally, the president also stressed the importance of each team to meet club licenses as they may need them to compete on an international level, particularly in competitions handled by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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