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The Brunei national football team (also known as the Brunei Darussalam national football team) nicknamed Tebuan (The Wasps), is the national team of the Brunei and is controlled by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. The team was founded in 1959 and joined FIFA in 1969. In the past, they have also frequently featured in the Malaysian league and cup competitions as one of the state representative sides.

Brunei
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Tebuan (The Hornets)
AssociationNational Football Association of Brunei Darussalam
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachRobbie Servais[1]
CaptainFaiq Bolkiah
Most capsAzwan Saleh (26)
Top scorerShah Razen Said (8)
Home stadiumHassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
FIFA codeBRU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 194 Increase 1 (4 April 2019)[2]
Highest140 (December 1992)
Lowest203 (October 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 229 Decrease 1 (27 March 2019)[3]
Highest163 (1971)
Lowest230 (2016)
First international
 Malaysia 8–0 Brunei Brunei
(Bangkok, Thailand; 22 May 1971)[4]
Biggest win
Brunei Brunei 4–0 Timor-Leste 
(Kuching, Malaysia; 2 November 2016)
Biggest defeat
Brunei Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates 
(B. S. Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)

Contents

History

Brunei Football Association was formed on 15 March 1956 and at that time was known as the Brunei State Football Amateur Association. In 1993, the word "Amateur" was dropped, and since then, the FA has been known as the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. Brunei's experience of international football has been more or less restricted to regional Asian competitions, such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Tiger Cup. So far, Brunei has entered the World Cup qualifiers only three times, in 1986, 2002 and 2018. On these occasions, they did not qualify for the competition. They have made five appearances in the Asian Cup qualifiers, but they have never passed the first qualification round.

Their best achievement was perhaps being Champion of the Malaysia Cup in 1999. Back then, Brunei entered a team to compete in the professional Malaysian league and despite competing against Malaysian clubs, Brunei had previously never made an impact. However, in 1999, they shocked everyone by lifting the Malaysia Cup.

Today there are approximately 2,500 footballers playing with Brunei's 22 registered clubs. Footballers are mostly amateurs or semi professionals.

Suspension

The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) was suspended due to governmental interference in its affairs, which started with a decision by the Brunei authorities to dissolve BAFA and to replace it with a new federation in December 2008.[5] The suspension was applied with immediate effect and meant that the Brunei club DPMM were no longer permitted to play in the Singapore S-League until it was resolved.

On 19 March 2010, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed to submit to the next FIFA Congress the expulsion of the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) if the BAFA has not been reinstated by then, after noting that no major progress had been made since the BAFA was suspended in September 2009.

FIFA warned that unless BAFA came to FIFA's Congress on 9 June and 10 in South Africa having met the conditions for reinstatement it would be expelled.[6] Brunei were re-instated on 31 May 2011.[7]

Competition records

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1958 Did not exist Did not exist
  1962 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1966
  1970
  1974 Did not enter Did not enter
  1978
  1982
  1986 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 2 29
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994
  1998
    2002 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 0 28
  2006 Did not enter Did not enter
  2010
  2014 Suspended Suspended
  2018 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 14 1 0 13 3 59

Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1956 to   1968 Did not enter Did not enter
  1972 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 18 −18
  1976 2 0 0 2 1 13 −12
  1980 Withdrew Withdrew
  1984
  1988 Did not enter Did not enter
  1992
  1996
  2000 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 11 −11
  2004 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5
        2007 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5
  2015 Withdrew Withdrew
  2019 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1
Total 0/16 15 1 2 12 4 56 −52

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games Record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
  1951 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1954 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1958 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1962 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1966 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1970 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1974 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1982 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1986 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1990 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1994 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1998 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–present See Brunei national under-23 football team
Total 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC Challenge Cup record

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
  2006 Group stage 3 1 1 1 2 2
  2008 Did not qualify
  2010
  2012 Suspended
  2014 Withdrew
Total Best: Group stage 3 1 1 1 2 2

AFC Solidarity Cup record

AFC Solidarity Cup
Year Result GP W D L GF GA
  2016 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 7 7
Total Best: Fourth place 4 1 1 2 7 7

ASEAN Championship

  • Finals Records Only

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

Fixture and results

Friendlies

  • 1 Non-FIFA 'A' international match

2018 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round

Current squad

The following 23-man squad was announced for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches in June 2019.[9]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Haimie Anak Nyaring (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 20) 2 0   DPMM FC
1GK Mu'izzuddin Ismail (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 32) 1 0   MS PDB
1GK Ishyra Asmin Jabidi (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 20) 0 0   DPMM FC

2DF Helmi Zambin (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 32) 15 1   DPMM FC
2DF Afi Aminuddin (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 27) 11 0   Kota Ranger
2DF Sairol Sahari (1983-04-09) 9 April 1983 (age 36) 9 0   Kasuka FC
2DF Hanif Hamir (1997-02-22) 22 February 1997 (age 22) 6 0   DPMM FC
2DF Yura Indera Putera Yunos (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 23) 6 0   DPMM FC
2DF Khairil Shahme Suhaimi (1993-04-16) 16 April 1993 (age 26) 5 0   Indera SC
2DF Suhaimi Anak Sulau (1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 23) 1 0   DPMM FC
2DF Abdul Syakir Basri (1997-10-02) 2 October 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Wijaya FC
2DF Khalid Mahmud (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Kota Ranger
2DF Wafi Aminuddin (2000-09-20) 20 September 2000 (age 18) 0 0   DPMM FC

3MF Nur Ikhmal Damit (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Indera SC
3MF Amin Sisa (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Kasuka FC
3MF Hafis Mahari (1991-10-26) 26 October 1991 (age 27) 0 0   Kota Ranger
3MF Nazirrudin Ismail (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Indera SC
3MF Nur Asyraffahmi Norsamri (2000-05-04) 4 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Kota Ranger

4FW Shahrazen Said (1985-12-14) 14 December 1985 (age 33) 22 8   DPMM FC
4FW Adi Said (1990-10-15) 15 October 1990 (age 28) 19 7 Unattached
4FW Razimie Ramlli (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 28) 3 1   DPMM FC
4FW Asri Aspar (1996-01-17) 17 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Indera SC
4FW Hariz Danial Khallidden (1996-11-01) 1 November 1996 (age 22) 0 0   MS ABDB

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Brunei squad from 2018.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Wardun Yussof (1981-09-14) 14 September 1981 (age 37) 23 0   DPMM FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
GK Tarmizi Johari (1983-12-26) 26 December 1983 (age 35) 2 0   MS ABDB 2018 AFF Championship qualification

DF Fakharrazi Hassan (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 29) 13 2   DPMM FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
DF Hazwan Hamzah (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 27) 6 0   DPMM FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
DF Abdul Mu'iz Sisa (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 28) 6 1   DPMM FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
DF Arif Ali Rahman (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Seri Wira FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification

MF Najib Tarif (1988-02-05) 5 February 1988 (age 31) 18 1   DPMM FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
MF Azwan Ali Rahman (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 27) 13 4   DPMM FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
MF Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 30) 7 0   Indera SC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
MF Aminuddin Zakwan Tahir (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 24) 6 1   Indera SC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
MF Nurikhwan Othman (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 26) 6 0   DPMM FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
MF Shafie Effendy (1995-08-04) 4 August 1995 (age 23) 5 1   DPMM FC 2018 AFF Championship qualification
MF Zulkhairy Razali (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Indera SC 2018 AFF Championship qualification

FW Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (1998-05-09) 9 May 1998 (age 21) 6 1   Leicester City 2018 AFF Championship qualification

Coaches

Honours

Notes

  1. ^ Venue moved by organisers on 7 August due to concerns over floodlighting.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Robbie Servais new head coach of Brunei football team". Borneo Bulletin. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Brunei matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Brunei. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Brunei suspended for government interference". Asian Football Confederation. 30 September 2009. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Brunei Darussalam face expulsion". Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013.
  7. ^ "FIFA lift Brunei suspension". Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Venue change for AFF Suzuki Cup qualification round match". ASEAN Football Federation. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  9. ^ "SERVAIS CALLS FOR ORGANISATION AND DISCIPLINE FROM WASPS". BruSports News. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.