Former Singapore international happy with AFC ‘B’ course
Friday, May 13, 2016


FORMER Singapore national player Bah Mamadou (pic) praised the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam’s (NFABD) for hosting the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘B’ coaching course.

The only foreigner among the 10 participants, Mamadou stepped down as a player and founded the Football First Academy in 2014 - where he shares his decades of football experience as a S-League player to young football players.

“NFABD has done a brilliant job in hosting the AFC ‘B’ course,” said Mamadou in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

“Everything we needed for the course was provided, and I wouldn’t mind coming back here in the future for the AFC ‘A’ course,” he added.

Mamadou also highlighted that the sultanate’s football is in good hands with in-house AFC instructor Stephen Ng Heng Seng and NFABD Technical Director, Mike Wong – both who led the 20-day course.

“I believe Brunei’s football is in good hands with Wong and especially Ng, who was my former club mate in Gombak United from 1999 to 2002,” said the Guinea-born Singaporean.

“It will take time, but from what I have seen during my time here, the national leagues have the potential to be one of the top leagues in the region,” he added.

Along with nine local coaches affiliated with NFABD, the course concluded yesterday at the NFABD House in Berakas.

These participants passed the screening process last October and have an AFC ‘C’ certificate coaching licence or its equivalent, and have logged a minimum of 80 hours of coaching practice.

The course participants analysed a DST Super League match between Wijaya FC and Tabuan Muda Under-21 (national under-21 team) last weekend at the Berakas Sport Complex - where Wijaya won 2-1.

NFABD executive committee member Ah Chua Bangau presented the participants their certificates.

“A coach is greatly responsible for the team, so I stress that coaches need to have good discipline, a great interest, a strong determination and dedication in order for their team to be solid,” said Bangau in his closing remarks.

“Aside from these characteristics, these coaches must encourage their players to practise Fair Play regulations as well as understanding the importance of FIFA’s Laws of The Game.

“I believe with this in hand, the quality of football in the semi-professional leagues and the future of football here in Brunei is assured.”


Source: Brunei Times


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