BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (19 Dec 2012) – Dato Abdul Rahman Mohiddin, the president of the National FA of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has urged teams playing in the DST Super League to turn at least semi-professional within the next two years.
“We want to get the 10 DST Super League clubs to turn semi-pro. It’s not easy but it’s not impossible,’’ said Dato Abdul Rahman. ‘‘For football to progress, there is no other choice. The clubs have to become semi-professional or totally professional and the target is for us to do it in one or two years, 2013 or 2014.
‘‘We need to follow the club competitions organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) but we can’t if (the clubs) are amateur, then we have to take the next step.
‘‘The requirements for a semi-pro club are that they must have an office, a field to train on and organised management and administration. Those are the most important things.
‘‘The clubs can talk to the relevant parties to work out a deal to train two or three times a week. Perhaps the clubs in the Belait district can approach the Brunei Shell Recreation Club and those in the Brunei-Muara district can approach the nearby schools. I know some clubs already have a patron (but) others have to work towards getting sponsors.”
For the moment, the only full professional club is DPMM FC which plays in the Singapore S-League.