Bismillahir Rahmannir Rahim
Assalamualaikum and Good Morning
Your Excellency Madam Noriko Iki, Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam
Ladies and Gentlemen
On behalf of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam, I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to Your Excellency Madam Noriko Iki for inviting us to this gathering today.
As we all know Japan has been very supportive of our efforts to improve football in Brunei through Japan Football Association.
Among other things, we have received financial assistance since last year aimed at promoting football development at grass-root level. This proved to be very popular and we managed to organize grass-root Football Festival which turned out to be very successful. This year, JFA has been kind enough to yet again provide us with financial assistance to conduct similar activity.
In addition to that, Japan has invited Brunei Darussalamís under 14 team to participate in Jensys Football Festival, which was held in Japan in February last year. The Brunei team was totally sponsored by Japan, and once again we are very grateful for that. This opportunity to play abroad in such a country as Japan, had enabled our team to gain valuable experience and good exposure
In September last year, our Brunei Darussalamís under 22 team was totally sponsored by JFA for a training tour. The team had the opportunity to play against a number of Japanese Football clubs in order to gain exposure.
Today, we have our under 23 Football team together with the officials who are going to Japan to undergo their final training, including having friendly matches with Japanese Football clubs as part of the preparation for the up-coming SEA Games in Singapore.
This year, starting from last month, NFABD is very fortunate to have Mr Fujiwara, a coach provided by JFA. He will be coaching our under-14 Team in preparation for under 14 AFC Football Festival, which is to be held in August this year in Brunei Darussalam.
Lastly, on behalf of the President and all officials of NFABD, I wish to congratulate Mr Kohzo Tashima, Executive General Seceretary of JFA on his new appointment as member of FIFA Executive Committee.
Once again, your Excellency, I thank you for your generous support for the development of football in Brunei Darussalam.