AFC president Shaikh Salman wants Brunei to be more involved in football

The AFC president has praised Brunei for its development of football but believes that further improvement can be made with the aid of his organisation

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has called on Brunei to increase its participation in football after praising the country for its progression in development of football.

Shaik Salman had visited Brunei on an official visit to assure of his organisation’s support for the country after witnessing an improvement in the state of football over the years.

After being received by National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) president Prince Sufri Bolkiah, Shaikh Salman expressed happiness at how far Brunei has come over the years.

After being introduced to a detailed agenda of the NFABD on their plans for 2014, Shaikh Salman was notably impressed and at the same time, encouraged the NFABD to participate in more AFC-sanctioned events.

Shaikh Salman gave assurance that any assistance required by Brunei will be provided as much as possible by the AFC, declaring that Brunei had much potential that should be thoroughly explored and developed.

Apart from the AFC’s support, Shaikh Salman also said he would contact Fifa in order to gather more support for the development of football within Brunei.

Currently, some of Brunei’s football initiatives include sending local side Brunei DPMM to participate in the S.League as a foreign entity.

Following the end of the 2013 season, DPMM has also extended its participation in the S.League for a further two years, with former Blackburn manager Steve Kean set to lead them next year.