NFABD paid courtesy visits to MoH, MCYS
Saturday, June 27, 2020
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) through a delegation led by its President, Pg Hj Matusin Pg Hj Matasan recently paid courtesy visits to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports on two separate occasions.
The purpose of those visits were to share NFABD's Post Covid-19 Protocols and Guidelines, which were compiled for the Sultanate for the resumption of football-related activities and to assist the next phase of de-escalation process towards contact and physical sports.
The Post Covid-19 Protocols and Guidelines were produced based on NFABD's observations and studies on best practices of other countries where professional football is being played eg Germany, Spain, South Korea, Spain, Italy and most recently England who have resumed their footballing activities - adjusting the findings well into Brunei Darussalam's football ecosystem.
On hand to receive NFABD's delegations during those visits were the Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.
NFABD’s General Secretary, Haji Mohd Shahnon Haji Mohd Salleh said that the protocols and guidelines were talior-made to suit Brunei football.
“It consisted of 3 mechanisms from before, during and after training; and also the same goes for actual matches. There will also be 3 stages of training; Individual, Small Group with Social Distancing and then only Team Training. The intention for sharing the protocols and guidelines was to get the views of our respective stakeholders especially from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. It is important to get the blessings of The Authorities before NFABD can activate the protocols and guidelines”. Hj Mohd Shahnon added.
Pg Hj Matusin emphasised that NFABD will not make their own decision without thorough consultation with both Ministry of Health and The Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports. NFABD are grateful that The Authorities have taken painstaking efforts to ensure the COVID-19 pandemic is securely contained. These are necessary for the safety of all teams, officials and spectators.
On the international fronts, FIFA and AFC have strongly encouraged their Member Associations to make Health the Number 1 Priority.
The NFABD President hoped that the visits will encourage better communication and receive favourable feedback for the return of competitive football, whilst bringing closer ties with football stakeholders.
NFABD President also urged all Teams and members of NFABD to be fully vigilant of the provisions in The Protocols and Guidelines once these are implemented.