Brunei Darussalam is gearing up to host the AFC Under-14 Regional Festival of Football 2015 from Aug 10-23. A meeting of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Regional Festival of Football was held at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) House yesterday.
Present was the AFC Festival Manager, Dr. Shamil Kamil, Festival Chairman, Md Radzuan bin Haji Madali and representatives from other stakeholders.
Representatives from Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports were Pengiran Musa Pengiran Haji Sulaiman and Md Sukaridi bin Idris while Royal Brunei Police Force were represented by DSP Md Noorani bin Hussain, Insp Hussain Md Fadhillah bin Haji Ibrahim, SM 2195 Sahrun Yusof and SGT 3501 Mahli bin Haji Ibrahim.
The Brunei Fire Rescue Department was represented by SO Md Hans bin Haji Md Zaini. According to Dr. Shamil Kamil, the purpose of the meeting was to ensure preparation by NFABD and relevant stakeholders are set in order to make the festival a success.
In his opening remarks, ‘the event is for learning and development, not only for players, but for the organisers (NFABD). A success in running this festival will see future and higher international football events and competitions to be held in Brunei.
Earlier this year, other AFC Regional Festival of Football took place in Saudi Arabia for the West Region of Asia and Tajikstan for the Central and South Region of Asia.
For the South East region of Asia, Brunei Darussalam will be hosting it where Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam will be taking part. For the East Region of Asia, China will host it later in the year.
The purpose of the AFC Regional Festival of Football 2015 is to provide a continuous player development pathway from the grassroots at the school level to the elite, ensure smooth transition for the elite player into the international level, enhance the role of the youth development programmes within Member Associations (MA), encourage MA to start early preparation for their national teams participating in future AFC/FIFA competitions and provide a platform to discover and recruit talented young coaches and referees.
At the end of the day, it is an opportunity for each region in Asia, in this case, Southeast Asia to increase the overall standard of performance to match with other regions. This would then lead to an increase in the overall standard of performance of Asia competing on the global stage, i.e. FIFA World Cup.