13 Jun 2011


FFBD Won't Proceed With League and FA Cup

Bandar Seri Begawan - In light of the recent football development and the lifting of suspension of Brunei Darussalam's membership in FIFA, the Football Federation of Brunei Darussalam (FFBD) Executive Committee yesterday has issued a statement.

According to the statement, FFBD welcomes the return of Brunei Darussalam to FIFA that will now enable our national and club teams to play in FIFA/AFC-sanctioned regional as well as international football tournaments.

The FFBD joins all football stakeholders in the country in rejoicing and congratulating those that have worked tirelessly to bring us back from isolation, in particular His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, the President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Committee, for his leadership in successfully ending our suspension from international football.

The FFBD also welcomes the establishment of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) which is now the recognised national body to represent Brunei Darussalam in FIFA and expresses its best wishes to the newly appointed members of NFABD's Executive Committee in their efforts to bring development and success to the country's football.

On the NFABD's press statement published in the local press on the 10th June 2011 regarding the running of the current DST Group Brunei Premier League 2011, the FFBD has decided on the following points:

The FFBD is consulting all its sponsors and stakeholders of the possibility of not continuing with the League.

This decision is made in view of the difficult if not impossible timeframe set for the FFBD to complete the League and related FA Cup competitions for which there are a total of 71 matches remaining (i.e. 48 and 23 matches respectively) in only 46 days. The FFBD is not prepared to undertake a football programme knowing it could not be completed on time.

Furthermore, out of its consideration of NFABD's obligations as per FIFA Article 13 (as mentioned in the NFABD's press statement) and bearing in mind other constraints and possible disruptions such as field availability, inclement weather and a limited number of match officials, the FFBD has decided in principle not to proceed with the remaining League and FA Cup programmes.

Given this decision, the FFBD will be taking legal steps to dissolve itself as soon as possible.

The FFBD wishes to take this opportunity to thank His Majesty's Government through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, DST Group of Companies, Brunei LNG and many others for their generous sponsorship and support to keep football going in the country during the last two years. The FFBD also wishes to thank-all its member affiliates for their support and participation.

It is only with the support of all these agencies and people that the FFBD was able successfully to put together nearly 800 competitive matches, start for the very first time grassroots National Under-10, Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 leagues in the country, and keep football going during the two and half years it was in charge.

It is time to bid goodbye, and in so doing, the FFBD Executive Committee urges all football stakeholders in the country to work together in greater unity and purpose to bring the development of football to greater heights.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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