Brunei U14 festival closes with bright hopes for Asian football

August 2 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-14 Regional Festival of Football for the ASEAN zone concluded in the Brunei capital on Saturday.

The festival saw 20 matches played over four days between ten nations –  Brunei Darussalam , Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

The festival format has been promoted by the AFC as an important platform to discover and develop talented players.

In his opening remarks last week HRH Prince Sufri Bolkiah, President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darusssalam (NFABD) said: “We need the AFC’s continuous support to build the capacity of NFABD as the football governing body in this country.

“With continuous efforts and hard work, as well as by having excellent grassroots and youth football programmes, I am confident that the NFABD will be able to deliver and bring football in this country, to where it should be.

“The festival is an excellent opportunity and venue for young footballers to play in the international atmosphere.

The festival was played across two venues in the Brunei capital Bandar Seri Begawan.

At the closing ceremony at the Berakas Charity Field after the festival’s last match between Thailand and hosts Brunei Darussalam, Dr. Shamil K. Mohammed, AFC Manager of Youth Development, said: “The festival gave a great opportunity to the players to develop their skills and knowledge. The future of Asian football is bright and I’m sure that the players will be part of this future. I hope all players will continue playing and progress to the next level, which is the AFC’s age-group competitions.”

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