Thursday, December 25, 2008


Brunei may start new FA

Brunei Football Has Come To A Standstill - DPMM FC Manager


Football activists in Brunei are contemplating the setting up of a new national football association after the Brunei Amateur Football Association (BAFA) was deregistered by the Brunei Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Brunei DPMM FC manager Pengiran Waslimin Pengiran Momin said BAFA's deregistration has brought football activities in the country to a standstill, especially the Brunei League, that was scheduled to start in January.

"Everything will now depend on the Home Ministry to decide on BAFA's status but at the same time we do not want the situation to hamper football as a whole, in Brunei," he told Bernama when contacted in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei here Tuesday.

Brunei's representative in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) organised M-League - Brunei DPMM FC or Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Football Club, affiliated to BAFA - started playing in the M-League since 2005 but the latest development dealt them a big blow to their aspiration of playing in the Super League next season.

DPMM FC who immediately made an impact by clinching the Premier League title in 2005 gained promotion to the Super League and were supposed to feature in the league and FA Cup competition.

He added that BAFA's deregistration had dealt the team and players a big blow when the FAM competitions committee decided to drop Brunei from the list of 15 teams in the Super League on Monday.FAM had said that the decision was made in line with FIFA rules that forbid any national association from including a non-registered or deregistered team from competing in any competitions organised by them.

"If there is no choice then we may have to register a new national football body," said Waslimin who felt the decision to deregister BAFA could have been due to failure in submitting annual reports.

Letters pertaining to the status of BAFA had been issued two months ago by ROS but to date, there is no clear indication of its final status, he said.He added that the future of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, scheduled to be hosted in April next year, involving teams from Asean countries was also uncertain.

"The bi-annual competition inaugurated last year would now be postponed indefinitely while DPMM FC would hold an emergency meeting to determine the future of the players," he said.

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