Former National Captain highlights need for Under-12 Tournament
Thursday, August 31, 2017
FORMER national team captain Liew Chuan Fue today highlighted the need for an Under-12 tournament in Brunei.
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) will be organising the age-group tournament for the first time on Tuesday with the collaboration of the Veteran Football Association (VFA) and the Department of Co-Curricular Education, Ministry of Education at NFABD House’s Artificial Field.
Sixteen teams will be competing in the half-day tournament will be played in a 7-a-side format, and Liew - who is also VFA President – said such tournaments are key to developing football in Brunei.
“This tournament is very important as children are very important,” said Liew, who led the national team to glory in the 1999 Malaysia Cup final.
“This will be good encouragement for the children to train and improve, and we will be able to find new talent from this tournament.
“I want to thank NFABD for helping organise this tournament, Projek Ikan Pusu for always being ready to contribute teams to grassroots tournaments, and Rimba Star for their active involvement in age-group football,” he added during the draw ceremony at NFABD House.
PIP will be represented by four teams while Rimba Star have two sides.
The tournament, which is being held during the school holidays, was originally scheduled to be a nation-wide competition running from September 3-10 but will only be held on Tuesday due to preparations for examinations and other commitments from students.
Nevertheless, organisers are hoping to organise another Under-12 tournament in November.
NFABD House’s Artificial Field will be divided into four mini-pitches on Tuesday, and play will kick off simultaneously in all four mini-pitches.
Games will be played over two seven-minute halves, and for the first round, the 16 teams will be divided into four groups of four and each team will play each other once.
For the second round, the four teams finishing first will play in one group, and likewise for the teams finishing second, third and fourth – all of which is aimed at giving teams more playing time.
“We are happy to be organising this tournament for the first time,” said NFABD Technical Director Yvon Avry.
“The main aim is to produce good football players, and if we develop young players now, we will get good results in the future.
“We need a strong base of players to create strong clubs, and tournaments like these will be the key to future successes,” said Avry, who also thanked VFA and the Department of Co-Curricular Education for their help in organising the tournament.