The inaugural TelBru Futsal Premier Cup 2015 kicked off last night to much fanfare as clubs from across the country battle for an elusive place in the national futsal league.
A total 20 teams will be vying for limited spaces for the national premier futsal competition and this tournament act as a platform for qualifying phase. Teams will also be setting their sights on a first ever major trophy in the cabinet and as a consequence gives them the tag as a team to beat.
The competition pits familiar foes and new names trying to prove their worth that they belong in the top national league. Pre-tournament favourites Kota Ranger FT have ties with Brunei Futsal League winners Kota Junior.
Star Madang, Kilugos FC, Eagle Blues, MBS United and even NJP FT are strong teams and have already built a fierce reputation in local tournaments but have yet to put it to the test in the national level. Creativol will fancy their chances as well noting years of training and development to be their main points.
Moreover, the tournament will take a closer look on the progress of the futsal scene that the teams have been working on behind the scenes. NFABD have given the opportunity for teams to raise their game and realise their potential before joining the top division clubs such as Kota Junior and MS ABDB.
The tournament has been recognised as an initiative of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussdlam (NFABD) in developing futsal in the country which will further enhance their competition in regional and international tournaments.
This is also aimed in part to strengthen the national team and to have the best players playing in their natural positions driven by the shared ambition of making the team more competitive.
Present to officiate the launch of the TelBru Futsal Premier Cup 2015 during the opening ceremony was Pehin Datu Inderasugara Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof bin Abu Bakar, Deputy President of NFABD.