Weekend Warriors clinches sponsorship deals to enter Thailand, Malaysia markets

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ReSpIn Labs CEO and founder, Faezal Murni sharing his plans to expand his company’s sports matchmaking platform overseas Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Waqiuddin Rajak

Bruneian startup ReSpIn Labs is bringing its online sports matchmaking service Weekend Warriors to Thailand and Malaysia, with Red Bull and AirAsia as financial backers for the overseas rollout.

The startup had secured deals with sporting venue providers from both countries three weeks ago to include them in the Weekend Warriors platform.

The web-based service fixes futsal players in random teams for a small fee of $5 and pitch them against one another at a set venue and time.

In Thailand, Weekend Warriors has partnered with Soccer Pro, a Bangkok-based company that has 10 sporting venues, each having at least five artificial futsal turfs.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, Weekend Warriors has secured partnership deals with Kota Kinabalu’s Juara Gym and Borneo Sports, each having up to 10 futsal turfs for use by the online platform.

“We are also in the process of finalising our deal with a companies in Kuala Lumpur. Hopefully it will also end with another good outcome,” said ReSpIn Labs CEO and founder Faezal Murni.

A person browsing through Weekend Warriors website. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Faezal said the success of Weekend Warrior’s recent major tournaments; the AirAsia Challenge Cup in 2017 and last month’s Red Bull Warriors Cup, have left good impressions to both AirAsia and Red Bull, which lead to them to finance the startup’s expansion plan.

“We also have other companies who are looking to finance us,” the CEO added.

Faezal also revealed that a mobile app version of Weekend Warriors is in development and that it will make booking and paying much easier for users upon its release next year.

The startup also hopes to engage with international online payment service providers such as GrabPay and LinePay.

The Bruneian