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NFABD calls for mandatory AFC C license coaches

BY NADZIRAH MALEK-WEBB

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - THE National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) yesterday stressed that coaches need to have an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘C’ coaching license at the very least in order for their team to coach in the DST Premier League and the DST Super League.

“Coaches need to understand that these courses are important to ensure the quality of football in the semi-professional leagues here in Brunei,” said NFABD Technical Director, Mike Wong in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday. “There are clubs who are competing in the ongoing DST Premier League and the DST Super League with coaches who have not attended any of the courses - which has caused several issues.

“We are being lenient because we can understand that some of these coaches have work and family commitment.

“However, they need to understand as well that we are a FIFA and AFC accredited football association with a set of rules and regulations.

“They need to comply with these rules and regulations to be part of the game. It’s as simple as that,” Wong added.

NFABD kicked off their second AFC ‘B’ coaching course led by in-house AFC instructor Stephen Ng Heng Seng and Wong at the NFABD House in Berakas yesterday.

A total of 15 local coaches affiliated with NFABD and a coach from Singapore are participating.

The participants passed the screening process last October and have an AFC ‘C’ certificate coaching license or its equivalent and have logged a minimum of 80 hours of coaching practice.

The course will run for 20 days and contains more than 107 hours of theoretical and practical contents. The participants will also be analysing a DST Super League match as part of their assignment.

“We want to organise these courses as often as we can, but we need to give some of these participants some time to earn their hours as a coach,” said Wong.

“We have over 100 AFC ‘C’ licensed coaches in the country – and only eight are AFC ‘B’ licensed.

“These coaches also need to know that we will also be revising the minimum requirements for them to coach their respective clubs in next season’s leagues.

“At the end of the day, it’s not just for compliance to the rules but to also to gauge their competency,” he concluded.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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