| BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (3 Feb 2009) – Brunei club
DPMM FC have confirmed rumours that they are interested in playing in the S-League in Singapore – provided they get the nod from FIFA.
DPMM FC team manager Pengiran Waslimin Momin had visited officials from the FA of Singapore (FAS) recently with an intention that they could be part of this year’s competition.
“There are still a few matters to be resolved such as the home and away format and also the matter of approval from FIFA,” said Pengiran Waslimin.
“In the eyes of FIFA, the governing body for football in Brunei is still BAFA. Talks are underway with the chairmen of all the clubs (in Singapore) because we want to play our home games in Brunei.”
Set to kick off on 16 February 2009 and end on 8 November, 2009, the S-League will involve 12 teams with each side playing each other three times for a total of 33 matches.
Pengiran Waslimin admitted that he was resigned to the possibility of S-League officials denying his request since there is less than two weeks to go until the season kicks off.
He explained that DPMM FC are “looking at other alternatives such as playing in other foreign leagues” since they were banned from playing in the Malaysian Super League by the FA of Malaysia (FAM).
This came about after the Brunei’s Registrar of Societies (RoS) deregistered BAFA in November last year for their failure in submitting their activity and financial reports as requested.