| Fadhil Yunus |
TWO Malaysian teams will be making their debut in Saturday’s Brunei Futsal League (BFL) 2017 which is organised by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD).
Kuantan Rangers and Miri FA have confirmed their participation in this year’s 10-team league which will start on April 15, and the two Malaysian sides will join defending champions Kota Junior FC, Shah United FC, Arbisyam FC, MS ABDB, Riz Fiz and NFABD’s national development team in challenging for the BFL 2017 trophy. Two other local teams will be decided via qualifiers.
Rosdin Abd Aziz, Chairman of Futsal Standing Committee said that the involvement of the two invited Malaysian teams is beneficial to enhance the quality of the Brunei Futsal League this year which will help provide stiff and strong competition to the existing teams.
It will also provide exposure for NFABD’s national development team – which is training for the AFC U20 Futsal Championship.
The Malaysian teams’ participation has been approved by the Football Association of Malaysia.
He said that the participation of the invited teams will also provide the local teams who could not compete overseas a taste of how regional football is being played adding that their participation will provide a fresh new environment in the league.
The national development team will take part in the league to provide exposure and preparations before they leave to participate in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-20 Futsal Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.
“By playing in the league, it will help strengthen the preparations for the national development teams,” said Rosdin.
The national development team has been training since February following a rigid selection process.
The AFC team has been formed following a successful trial session which was held earlier this year and which received an overwhelming response.
Rosdin further added that NFABD envisioned keeping the under-20 team for three years continuing that there are more tournaments to look forward to.
He revealed that Shah United will represent Brunei in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Club Championship in a new breakthrough for the country’s futsal.
The national team will also be turning their attentions on the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championships later this year.
Rosdin continued that one of the goals for the futsal standing committee is to have the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to make an assessment to upgrade the league whereby the champion is eligible to play in the AFC Club Championship.
The tournament will be played over two rounds in a home and away format, and each team will play 18 games.
The opening ceremony on April 15 will see Kuantan Rangers take on Takaful Brunei Futsal Super League 2016 champions Kota Junior FC at the Indoor Stadium, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, at 8.30pm.
Games will also be played at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.
Apart from the Malaysian teams, another new feature in this year’s league is the introduction of an online database system which can be found at www.brilyansport.com/bfl2017.
Start lists, results, match reports, fixtures, photo galleries can be found on the website, creating a more efficient and systematic method to manage the league.
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