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FIFA eye on FFBD or BAFA

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Brunei Darussalam football enthusiasts is expected to roar again locally and abroad, when DPMM FC have offered an opportunity to compete in the upcoming season of the Singapore League (S-League) by Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

DPMM FC participation for the S-League new season which was schedule to start next month is yet to be confirmed by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) authoriasations.

DPMM FC were dropped from the tournament after FIFA banned Brunei football clubs to play international football after Brunei Registrar of Societies deregistered BAFA on 15 November 2008 and failed to appeal after one month notice.

Since then, Football Federation of Brunei Darussalam (FFBD) was born on 26 November 2008 and being the new national football body, but was then not recognised by FIFA.

According to FIFA, BAFA was suspended due to government interference in its affairs before FFBD took place.

Should the authorities reinstate BAFA by 7 January, DPMM FC will be back on track for the title run as per deadline given by FAS before DPMM FC can participate.

Becoming one of the top three club in the S-League tables throughout their tournament periods, DPMM FC won Brunei football fans hearts when they won the Singapore League Cup in June last year, putting down SAF FC in the final. DPMM FC also remarked a clean record playing at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

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