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The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has come about tough decision-making to cancel the Brunei Super League 2020 (BSL 2020) due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The uncertainty faced whether NFABD would be able to host football matches has taken its toll and the time constraints to complete the season. 

So far, the participating clubs were only able to complete two games in the BSL 2020, with a total of 224 matches to go throughout the season, which was initially slated to finish by November this year. 

NFABD also decided to cancel the U16 & U19 tournaments for the very same reason as players will have to readjust with their studies after the 86-day school closure since the country’s first COVID-19 case on March 9.

The decisions made through the NFABD Competition Standing Committee meeting took into consideration weather conditions in Brunei. 

The country is currently undergoing an uncertain weather condition, which may render the fields to be unfit and unsafe for the club to commence their matches. 

In this light, however, NFABD intended to replace the league straight with an FA Cup instead, with further formats and structure still in consideration until the next de-escalation measure. 

The cut-off date to run the FA Cup will be no later than November 1, 2020.  

Competitions are set to run in mid-November and are hopeful to finish no later than the second week of December with the possibility of converting the NFABD artificial field to a competition venue.

This is to select which club to represent Brunei in the 2021 AFC Cup edition.  

However, the plan is depending on approval as well as with the upcoming announcement. 

Additionally, NFABD would also like to note that the next national call up in the FIFA Calendar will be from October 5 to October 13. 

This article was first published on September 26, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 108

The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR


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