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HBT 2018, just two days away

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in Social News, Sports



His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (centre), Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (right) and Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports earlier this morning at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium

The hype is gaining momentum. Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy is just around the corner (this coming Monday) at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. The last time Brunei won was back in 2012. The defending champions are Myanmar. Will Brunei use their home ground to their advantage once again and regain back the trophy in front of their home supporters?

This time round, only seven countries are participating in the upcoming HBT 2018 tournament. Notably missing are powerhouse Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. I will definitely miss the presence of Malaysia and Indonesia as they bring exciting flavour and aura whenever Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia play against each other.

Brunei Darussalam are in the group of death in my opinion, being in the same group as Thailand and the defending champion Myanmar. Timor Leste made up the group of death and the host Brunei will take on Timor Leste in the opening match this coming Monday, 23rd April 2018.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, will grace the opening of HBT 2018 this coming Monday.

The working committee has been working their best in order to make flow of the opening ceremony as smooth as possible. Info department under the Prime Minister’s Office has been helpful in providing access for the local media and also giving updates on events leading to the opening opening ceremony.

HBT 2018 doesn’t have an official Instagram account but their coverage will be featured on Info Department’s instagram account.

It was made known that there will be lucky draws, conducted on every match of HBT 2018 and the final grand prize will be the latest Vios Rush, a seven-seater vehicle. The good news is that the entry is FREE. You will be handed out coupons upon entry. More incentives for you to come over and support the event brought to you by  The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports with the support of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam.

All I can is that it’s good to see HBT tournament again in Brunei.



A press conference was held hosted by MCYS, NAFBD and other related agencies

The youngest player in the HBT team

The team coach and the assistant coach for HBT Brunei team



Team Thailand earlier being received by the Brunei delegates at Brunei International Airport

Team Myanmar earlier being received by the Brunei delegates at Brunei International Airport

The head coach of Myanmar being interviewed by the local press. Even though Myanmar is the defending champion, the head coach shared that the current team is completely new from the previous one but remains confident that Myanmar will do well once again in the tournament.

Lukaku impresses

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Impressive start for Lukaku as a Red Devils

The hits and misses. It’s good to see the Premier League back in action and I only managed to catch two matches, bits and pieces as the TV coverage at the hotel in Medan was not as intensive as the ones on Astro. Nonetheless, I have my livescore to keep me up to date with the scores.

I know I would have expected Lukaku to perform well under Jose Mourinho and wow, did he just deliver a brace for his new club against West Ham United and finished with a convincing 4-0 scoreline. A team definitely to look out for and I only had Antonio Valencia of Manchester United as my only MU player in my Fantasy League. I’m still have that he earned points for having a clean sheet effort despite being cautioned.

The other players that succeeded in my first week are Sadio Mané and Álvaro Morata where both scored in the opening round. The only irony was that both teams failed to win their respective matches and the only consolation goes to Liverpool for drawing 3-3 while Chelsea suffered a shocking defeat at home to Watford 3-2. Don’t play-play ah especially under rated teams.

Other than Michael Keane of Everton being a good performer for my fantasy league, the rest of my players under performed.

Then again, it’s only the first week and still many points to play for.

The Premier League seems exciting once again as there are plenty of favourites to lift the trophy. Chelsea is still the team to beat regardless of the opening defeat. They will bounce back in a nick of time and let’s hope they give a good run in the top 4 spot.

The only that has been more than encouraging is Manchester United. Pogba is starting to enjoy much freedom as newly signed Matic is able to cover the gaps in midfield and giving Pogba more room to attack.

It was also great to see Rooney on the scoreboard too as he re-united with his old club Everton who narrowly beat Stoke FC. It shows that Rooney can still contribute to the fast paced Premier League.

The big hoohaa now is the negotiations between Coutinho and Liverpool club. Of course, I wouldn’t want to let this opportunity go as in keeping Coutinho for Liverpool as it is their best chance to be contending for the title.

Who are my predictions for the top 4? It will be another close fight now among defending champions Chelsea, Manchester City and maybe just maybe Manchester United. Liverpool will still be aiming for a top 4 finish with the squad they have (no offense) while Arsenal and Spurs could be fighting for the Champions League spot.

I’m hoping to see another “Leicester” in the Premier League. It will just add more dimension to an already challenging league. I’m also hoping to score at least 70 points in the EPL Fantasy League.


My result in the first week of Fantasy League

DST as title sponsors again

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DST Deputy CEO Hj Marsad Hj Ismail exchanging documents with NFABD General Secretary Hj Abdul Hamid Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah for being the title sponsors for the DST Super League, DST Premier League, DST FA Cup and DST Sumbangsih Cup

NFABD expressed its gratitude to DST for their continuous support of the country’s major football tournaments after today’s sponsorship signing ceremony between the two parties.

Sponsoring Brunei’s football for more than 10 years, DST signed on as 2017 sponsors in a signing ceremony at NFABD House – agreeing to be the title sponsors for the DST Super League, DST Premier League, DST FA Cup and DST Sumbangsih Cup.

“We are all happy and grateful to DST for their support,” said NFABD Deputy President Hj Madli Mohd Yusuf after the signing ceremony.

“This is proof that DST cares about Brunei football and wants to help develop Brunei football further.

“This year’s league will feature Asian Football Confederation (AFC) B license coaches in every DST Super League club in order to improve the quality of the competition.

“NFABD has many plans for this year, and one of the highlights of 2017 so far has been the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) A license coaching certificate obtained by six local coaches – the first for the country,” added the deputy president.

Signing on behalf of NFABD were Hj Madli and NFABD general secretary Hj Abdul Hamid Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah while DST were represented by their Assistant General Manager of Group Corporate Communications Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni and DST Deputy CEO Hj Marsad Hj Ismail, with DST CEO and event’s guest of honour Suhaimi Hussain acting as the witness. Images and press release courtesy of NFABD.




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