‘Youth football in Brunei doing well’
Sunday, July 17, 2016

A group photo of the team representatives from the National Under-16 Youth League with NFABD general secretary, Pengiran Mohiddin Pengiran Badarudin (7th from R) and FIFA’s technical development officer for Southeast Asia and East Asia Lim Kim Chon (6th from R) at the NFABD House yesterday. Picture: Courtesy of NFABD

THE world’s football governing body FIFA has extended their support towards Brunei’s first-ever National Under-16 Youth League in the equipment handing over ceremony at the National Football Association Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) house yesterday.

A total of 18 sets of FIFA kits (shirt, shorts and socks), two sets of FIFA goalkeeper kits, 20 pairs of Adidas boots, 20 pairs of shinguards, two sets of bibs, two sets of goal keeper gloves, 20 Adidas footballs and two sets of Adidas ball bags were presented to the 10 youth league team representatives by FIFA’s technical development officer for Southeast Asia and East Asia Lim Kim Chon.

Prior to his arrival on Friday, Lim made a technical evaluation visit to the Sultanate in May - since his first in 2013 and stressed the importance of a solid development in the on-going youth league.

“The youth football in Brunei is doing well, and each time I come here, I can see the progression in the right direction,” said Lim in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

“I cannot stress the importance of these young players and teams to play as many matches as possible in your own domestic league in order for them to have proper playing hours as well as match fitness.

“If you do not have your own league, it will be harder for the national team to perform well on at international level.

“The anticipation and the excitement when you, as a player to play for an international tournament such as the 2016 AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) U-16 Youth Championship is enough to drain you, so from here - by playing as many other matches in your own league beforehand will help these young teams to prepare mentally as well as physically.

“This is why we (FIFA) extended our support as the world’s governing body by providing any necessary support - in this case equipments for every country to further develop their youth football - because these youngsters are our future for football,” added Lim.

Projek Ikan Pusu (PIP) head coach, Hj Omar Hj Jamil is pleased with FIFA and NFABD’s overall organisation of the youth league and hopes that the league will continue to run smoothly when the league resumes tomorrow.

“As a PIP head coach, I am very happy with FIFA and NFABD to have jointly organised this Under-16 tournament for our young players,” said Hj Omar.

“This tournament, I hope it will be the beginning of many more junior tournaments to come because for us, the strong and continuous support from FIFA and NFABD is very important for grassroots football development to further grow and prosper.

“I must also credit the relentless effort and support from our management, the coaches, our players and their family members.

"We would also like to thank the Department of Co-Curricular Education, our sponsors, NBT (Brunei) Sdn Bhd as well as Jasra Harrisons Brunei that made all of PIP's notable achievements since our establishment in 2001 possible,” Hj Omar concluded.   

Source: The Brunei Times


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