BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (23 Oct 2011) – Brunei are looking forward to their first game against Timor Leste on 5 November – marking their return to the biennial championship after ten years says Zamri Hamdani, Vice president of the NOC of Brunei.
The last time the Sultanate side took part at the SEA Games was back in 2001 in Kuala Lumpur.
"We are happy to return to the SEA games football events again, its a sign that Football if developing in Brunei and we hope to make a mark in the event" Zamri told Expat-Advisory during the just concluded 2011 OS-OCA Regional Forum in Phuket, Thailand.
Brunei, who only had their ban from football lifted by FIFA in May this year after a two year absence, have been placed in Group B where other than Timor, they will also be up against runners-up Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and the Philippines.
Towards making sure that they can be competitive for the task ahead, Brunei have formed a new Under-23 side and have been in training since July.
The Football event will kick off on November 4th while the Official Opening Ceremony will take place on November 11.
Ken Gadaffi is the Expert/Special Adviser of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.