BY Fadhil Yunus
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has postponed the decision to organise the FA Cup 2020, the country’s premier cup competition, until the press conference on the next de-escalation plan.
“After holding several discussions with certain parties, NFABD would like to inform that the decision on whether the FA Cup will be held or not is postponed until the relevant parties hold a press conference on the next de-escalation process,” the NFABD said in a statement.
“As such, the timeframe allocated for the decision is no later than November 9, 2020,” the statement added.
Earlier this year, the Brunei Super League (BSL) 2020, the country’s top tier of football system, contested two rounds before it was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league was eventually cancelled on September 19.
NFABD has since intended to replace the league with the FA Cup, with the format and structure yet to be determined until the next de-escalation plan.
Initially, the cut-off date to run the FA Cup was on November 1 with plans for the competition to start in mid-November until the second week of December.
The NFABD has also indicated the possibility of converting its artificial field into a competition venue.
Depending on approval and other factors, the FA Cup could serve as a potential route for local clubs as winners to represent the country in next year’s AFC Cup.
Should a local club earn a berth in the AFC Cup, they could be drawn against Myanmar National League runners-up Hanthawady United or Lao Premier League champions Lao Toyota, both of whom who have already qualified, in the qualifying play-off round.
Kota Ranger are the FA Cup defending champions, following their 2-1 victory against MS PPDB in the final at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex last year.
The national football governing body led by its President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan held a meeting with BSL clubs on September 18.
NFABD General Secretary Shahnon bin Haji Mohd Salleh and NFABD Competition Standing Committee members were also present.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin