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Brunei Darussalam
Nickname(s) Tebuan (The Wasps)
Association Football Association of Brunei Darussalam
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Mario Rivera
Captain Hendra Azam Idris
Most caps Azwan Saleh (33)
Top scorer Shah Razen Said (8)
Home stadium Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
FIFA code BRU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 195 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 140 (December 1992)
Lowest 203 (October 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 229 Decrease 1 (3 March 2019)
Highest 163 (1971)
Lowest 230 (2016)
First international
 Malaysia 8–0 Brunei 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 22 May 1971)
Biggest win
 Brunei 4–0 East Timor 
(Kuching, Malaysia; 2 November 2016)
 Brunei 6–2 East Timor 
(Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; 5 November 2022)
Biggest defeat
 Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates 
(Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2006)
Best result Group stage (2006)
AFC Solidarity Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2016)
Best result Fourth place (2016)
AFF Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 1996)
Best result Group stage (1996, 2022)
Website the-fabd.com

The Brunei national football team (Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Brunei; recognized as Brunei Darussalam by FIFA), nicknamed Tebuan (The Wasps), is the national team of Brunei, controlled by the 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.

The Brunei State Football Amateur Association was formed on 15 March 1956. In 1993, the word "Amateur" was dropped, and they were known as the Brunei Football Association. Brunei's experience of international football has been more or less restricted to regional Asian competitions, such as the Southeast Asian Games and the AFF Championship. So far, Brunei has entered the FIFA World Cup qualifiers only four times, in 1986, 2002, 2018 and 2022. On these occasions, they did not qualify for the competition. They have made five appearances in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, but they have never passed the first qualification round.

History

Early days

Brunei football team (1970)
Brunei national football team of 18 players and 4 officers posed for a photo together with Mohd Yusof at Berakas Airport in 1970

The national team's first appearance took place during the 1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification, where they were unable to qualify after all three heavy defeats. The following two championships (1976 and 1977) were no different from the first, with their first and second victory during the 1980 Summer Olympics. In 1979, 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.

Brunei won their first and only Brunei Merdeka Games trophy in 1985. Since then, team was not able to qualify into or win any major tournaments. Coming the closest was the 1993 Philippines International Cup, where they came in third position after a 1–0 victory against the Philippines. Brunei was then invited for the inaugural 2006 AFC Challenge Cup held in Bangladesh being grouped with Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. Brunei narrowly lost to Sri Lanka 1–0 before bouncing back from their defeat in the second match winning against Nepal 2–1 however with them needing the win in the last fixture, Brunei ended up in a goalless draw crashing out from the cup splitting the same points as Nepal but on goal differences.

Suspension

In September 2009, the Brunei Football Association (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. 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. DPMM has confirmed to Football Association of Singapore (FAS) that they are unable to finish their S.League season because of the issue with its association. FIFA rejected FAS's final request on 17 October 2009 to permit DPMM to compete in the current S.League season while BAFA's suspension persisted.

On 19 March 2010, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed to submit to the next FIFA Congress the expulsion of the association 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 and 10 June in South Africa having met the conditions for reinstatement it would be expelled. Brunei were re-instated on 31 May 2011 and the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) was formed that same year.

Reform

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Brunei captain, Hendra Azam playing against Indonesia during the first round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Upon returning to the football action, the Wasps were unable to qualify for both the 2012 and 2014 AFF Championship following several losses. Brunei was again defeated 2–1 in aggregate against the Chinese Taipei during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification in March 2015. The wasps failed to qualify for the 2016 AFF Championship after suffering defeats from Cambodia and Laos. Brunei was then invited to the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup where they finished in fourth place after losing 3–2 to Laos. Despite the disappointment, Shah Razen Said from the Bruneian side managed to become the tournament's top scorer, finishing with a total of 4 goals.

Timor-Leste defeated Brunei in the second leg 2018 AFF Championship qualifying match at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 8 September 2018, securing their spot in the 2018 AFF Championship final round group action for the first time in 14 years. Despite having a two-goal advantage from the first leg, Timor-Leste fell 1–0 but still advanced with a 3–2 aggregate score. Brunei defeated Mongolia 2–1 on 11 June 2019, but were unable to advance to the next stage of the preliminary joint qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

Returrn to the AFF Championship

Under new coach Mario Rivera, Brunei managed to qualify to the 2022 AFF Championship for the first time in 26 years since its inaugural edition in 1996, by defeating Timor-Leste 6–3 on aggregate. The Wasps were grouped with Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia. They finished the group stage without gaining a single point, conceding at least 5 goals in every game with Razimie Ramlli scoring against the Philippines and Nur Ikhwan Othman scoring against Cambodia.

On 17 October 2023, Brunei returned to the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium after four years since their last match against Mongolia in 2019 for their fixture against Indonesia in the first round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification. The Wasps were beaten 0–12 on aggregate, knocking them out of the qualification in the first round.

FIFA Series tournament

In 2024, FIFA invited Brunei to the 2024 FIFA Series matches on from 22 to 26 March 2024 held in Jeddah where they would face their first ever opponents outside Asia. On 22 March 2024, Brunei faced off against CONCACAF opponent Bermuda, but conceded two late goals, losing 2–0. In the next match against Vanuatu on 26 March 2024, Brunei won the match 3–2 in an epic battle where they were 2–1 down until the 73th minute where Nurikhwan Othman scored the equaliser. 3 minutes into stoppage time, Hakeme Yazid Said secured the win against the Oceania opponent.

Team image

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Goalkeeper (left) and home kits (right) of Brunei in 2023

Kit

Brunei had initially worn dark yellow shirts and shorts as their home kit since their inception in 1956 to represent the colours of their flags.

On July 11, 2021, a decade after it was formed, the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) aligned itself with the country’s philosophy as part of its rebranding strategy. In fact, FABD, which was earlier established as the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD), dropped the word National from its name including a new logo which was also unveiled consisting of a three-layered crescent combined to represent the lunar stages culminating into a full moon. The three layers of the crescent each represent the colours of the national flag of Brunei. The ‘ripe-lemon’ coloured crescent contains a Jawi inscription of the association’s name in Malay while the black crescent has the association’s name written in English. The logo also features a green football covered with honeycomb pattern, signifying the association’s wish to inject more precise and better growth in the sport. In fact, the honeycomb motif was chosen as it drew inspiration from the national team’s nickname ‘The Wasps’.

Home stadium

Brunei's home stadium is the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan. The stadium capacity is 28,000. Since 2021, Brunei have used the Track & Field Sports Complex as an alternative stadium as their main stadium went for a renovation works for improvement however as the Track & Field Sports Complex does not meet the required standards, Brunei have chosen the Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Malaysia as their home ground for their 2022 AFF Championship matches.

Brunei national football team home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium 2017.jpg Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium 28,000 Bandar Seri Begawan v   Indonesia (17 October 2023; 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Track & Field Sports Complex 03.jpg Track & Field Sports Complex 1,700 Bandar Seri Begawan v  Malaysia Sabah FC (6 September 2023; Unofficial friendly)

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

      Win       Draw       Loss       Fixture

2023

2024

Coaching history

  • Singapore John Then (1959–71)
  • Brunei Abdul Karim Pukul & Brunei Ibrahim Yahya (1971)
  • Scotland Duncan McDowell (1976–81)
  • Brunei Ibrahim Damit (1982)
  • Brunei Idris Damit (1983)
  • Uruguay Danny Bergara (1984)
  • Brazil Oscar Amaro de Silva (1985–86)
  • Brunei Dayem Ali (1987)
  • Brunei Zainuddin Kassim (1988)
  • Brunei Dayem Ali (1989)
  • Singapore Hussein Aljunied (1990–93)
  • England Mick Lyons (1993–95)
  • Australia Bobby McLachlan (1995)
  • England David Booth (1996–98)
  • England Mick Jones (1998–01)
  • Brunei Zainuddin Kassim (2001)
  • England Mick Lyons (2002)
  • Morocco Karim Bencherifa (2003–04)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Amir Alagić (2005)
  • Croatia Ranko Buketa (2005)
  • Brunei Ali Mustafa (2006)
  • South Korea Kwon Oh-Son (2008)
  • Croatia Vjeran Simunić (2008–09)
  • Brunei Ali Mustafa (2009–11)
  • Brunei Dayem Ali (2011)
  • South Korea Kwon Oh-Son (2012–13)
  • Croatia Vjeran Simunić (2013–14)
  • Scotland Steve Kean (2014)
  • Singapore Mike Wong (2014–16)
  • South Korea Kwon Oh-Son (2016)
  • Singapore Stephen Ng (2017)
  • South Korea Kwon Oh-Son (2018)
  • Netherlands Robbie Servais (2019)
  • England Paul Smalley (2019–20)
  • Brunei Ali Mustafa (2020)
  • Brunei Aminuddin Jumat (2020)
  • Brunei Ameer Lani (2020)
  • Malaysia K. Rajagobal (2020–22)
  • Brunei Rosanan Samak (2022)
  • Spain Mario Rivera (2022–)

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for the 2024 FIFA Series matches on 22–26 March.

Information correct as of 27 March 2024, after the match against  Vanuatu.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Haimie Abdullah Nyaring (vice-captain) (1998-05-31) 31 May 1998 (age 25) 18 0 Brunei DPMM
18 1GK Ishyra Asmin Jabidi (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 25) 2 0 Brunei DPMM
20 1GK Jefri Syafiq Ishak (2002-05-21) 21 May 2002 (age 22) 0 0 Brunei Kuala Belait

4 2DF Fakharrazi Hassan (captain) (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 34) 25 2 Unattached
22 2DF Yura Indera Putera Yunos (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 28) 19 0 Brunei DPMM
3 2DF Abdul Mu'iz Sisa (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 33) 13 1 Brunei DPMM
23 2DF Hirzi Zulfaqar Mahzan (2000-08-13) 13 August 2000 (age 23) 1 0 Unattached
21 2DF Nazry Aiman Azaman (2004-07-01) 1 July 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Brunei DPMM

6 3MF Khairil Shahme Suhaimi (1993-04-16) 16 April 1993 (age 31) 18 0 Brunei Kasuka
2 3MF Afi Aminuddin (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 32) 17 0 Brunei Kasuka
11 3MF Hakeme Yazid Said (2003-02-08) 8 February 2003 (age 21) 15 2 Brunei DPMM
5 3MF Nurikhwan Othman (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 31) 14 2 Brunei DPMM
14 3MF Haziq Kasyful Azim Hasimulabdillah (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 25) 13 0 Brunei Kasuka
16 3MF Abdul Hariz Herman (2000-09-24) 24 September 2000 (age 23) 4 0 Brunei DPMM
17 3MF Hanif Farhan Azman (2000-11-02) 2 November 2000 (age 23) 3 0 Brunei DPMM
15 3MF Amin Sisa (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 26) 2 0 Brunei Indera SC
13 3MF Faturrahman Embran (1999-08-22) 22 August 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Brunei DPMM
19 3MF Nazif Safwan Jaini (2000-08-18) 18 August 2000 (age 23) 2 0 Unattached
8 3MF Syafiq Safiuddin Abdul Shariff (2002-07-16) 16 July 2002 (age 21) 2 1 Brunei DPMM

10 4FW Razimie Ramlli (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 33) 18 6 Unattached
9 4FW Nazirrudin Ismail (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 (age 25) 11 1 Brunei DPMM
7 4FW Hariz Danial Khallidden (1996-11-01) 1 November 1996 (age 27) 5 0 Brunei MS ABDB
12 4FW Haziq Naqiuddin Syamra (2004-05-25) 25 May 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Brunei Kota Ranger

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Brunei squad in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Azriel Arman (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 29) 0 0 Brunei MS ABDB v.  Hong Kong, 11 September 2023

DF Alinur Rashimy Jufri (2000-06-12) 12 June 2000 (age 23) 8 0 Brunei Kasuka 2024 FIFA SeriesPRE
DF Najib Tarif (1988-02-05) 5 February 1988 (age 36) 26 1 Brunei DPMM 2026 World Cup qualification
DF Hanif Hamir (1997-02-22) 22 February 1997 (age 27) 16 0 Brunei DPMM 2026 World Cup qualification
DF Nazhan Zulkifle (2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 23) 4 0 Brunei Kasuka 2026 World Cup qualification
DF Hazwan Hamzah (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 32) 9 0 Brunei Kasuka v.  Hong Kong, 11 September 2023
DF Martin Haddy Khallidden (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 26) 0 0 Brunei MS ABDB Training camp, June 2023

MF Azwan Ali Rahman (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 32) 21 5 Brunei DPMM 2024 FIFA SeriesPRE
MF Hendra Azam Idris (1988-08-10) 10 August 1988 (age 35) 21 0 Unattached 2024 FIFA SeriesPRE
MF Nur Asyraffahmi Norsamri (2000-05-04) 4 May 2000 (age 24) 10 0 Brunei Kasuka 2024 FIFA SeriesPRE
MF Shafie Effendy (1995-08-04) 4 August 1995 (age 28) 6 1 Brunei MS ABDB 2026 World Cup qualification
MF Eddy Shahrol Omar (2003-10-04) 4 October 2003 (age 20) 1 0 Unattached Training camp, June 2023

FW Adi SaidRET (1990-10-15) 15 October 1990 (age 33) 28 7 Brunei Kasuka 2026 World Cup qualification
FW Abdul Azizi Ali RahmanRET (1987-01-17) 17 January 1987 (age 37) 19 3 Unattached 2026 World Cup qualification
FW Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 35) 11 0 Brunei Indera SC v.  Hong Kong, 11 September 2023

Notes
  • STD = On standby
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • RET = Retired from international duty

Player records

Players in bold are still active with Brunei.

Most capped players

DPMM-Kota Ranger 27 November 2022 (Players) 15
Azwan Saleh is Brunei's most capped player
Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Azwan Saleh 33 3 2006–2022
2 Adi Said 28 7 2012–2023
3 Najib Tarif 26 1 2008–present
4 Fakharrazi Hassan 25 2 2011–present
5 Shah Razen Said 24 8 2008–2019
6 Wardun Yussof 23 0 2001–2022
7 Azwan Ali Rahman 21 5 2012–present
Hendra Azam Idris 0 2009–present
9 Sallehuddin Damit 20 2 1999–2008
10 Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman 19 3 2008–2023
Yura Indera Putera Yunos 0 2014–present

Top goalscorers

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Shah Razen Said is Brunei's top scorer
Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Shah Razen Said 8 24 0.33 2008–2019
2 Adi Said 7 28 0.25 2012–2023
3 Said Abdullah 6 14 0.43 1993–2001
Razimie Ramlli 6 18 0.33 2016–present
5 Azwan Ali Rahman 5 21 0.24 2012–present
6 Jamhari Lani 3 9 0.33 1985–1987
Adie Arsham Salleh 3 10 0.3 2006–2009
Hardi Bujang 3 12 0.25 2006–2008
Zainuddin Kassim 3 16 0.19 1982–1989
Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman 3 19 0.16 2015–2023
Fakharrazi Hassan 3 25 0.12 2011–present
Azwan Saleh 3 33 0.09 2006–2022

Competition records

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D L F A Pld W D L F A
1930 to 1950 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
1954 to 1970 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
1974 to 1982 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 2 29
1990 to 1998 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 0 28
2006 and 2010 Did not enter Did not enter
Brazil 2014 Suspended Suspended
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
Qatar 2022 2 1 0 1 2 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 2 0 0 2 0 12
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030 To be determined To be determined
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total 0/14 18 2 0 16 5 80

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 27
Iran 1976 3 0 0 3 1 19
Kuwait 1980 Withdrew Withdrew
Singapore 1984
Qatar 1988 Did not enter Did not enter
Japan 1992
United Arab Emirates 1996
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 11
China 2004 2 0 1 1 1 6
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Did not enter Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify AFC Challenge Cup
Australia 2015 Withdrew Withdrew
United Arab Emirates 2019 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
Qatar 2023 2 1 0 1 2 3
Saudi Arabia 2027 To be determined 2 0 0 2 0 12
Total 0/18 18 2 1 15 5 80

Asian Games

Asian Games Record
Year Result M W D L GF GA
1951–1998 did not enter
2002–present See Brunei national under-23 football team
Total 0/13 did not enter

AFC Challenge Cup

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006 Group stage 3 1 1 1 2 2
India 2008 did not qualify
Sri Lanka 2010
Nepal 2012 Suspended
Maldives 2014 Withdrew
Total Best: Group stage 3 1 1 1 2 2

AFC Solidarity Cup

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

AFF Championship

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

Head-to-head record

As of 27 March 2024 after match against  Vanuatu

Opponent First Last Pld W D L GF GA GD Confederation
 Bahrain 1981 1981 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7 AFC
 Bermuda 2024 2024 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 CONCACAF
 Bhutan 2006 2008 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 AFC
 China 1980 1985 3 0 0 3 1 22 −21 AFC
 Chinese Taipei 2009 2015 3 1 0 2 1 7 −6 AFC
 Hong Kong 1975 2023 4 0 0 4 1 26 −25 AFC
 India 2001 2001 0 0 0 2 0 6 −6 AFC
 Indonesia 1977 2023 13 2 2 9 6 52 −46 AFC
 Japan 1981 2000 3 0 0 3 2 18 −16 AFC
 Laos 1993 2022 11 1 0 10 17 32 −15 AFC
 Macau 1985 2026 4 0 1 3 2 6 −4 AFC
 Malaysia 1971 2022 11 0 0 11 3 48 −45 AFC
 Maldives 2022 2022 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 AFC
 Mongolia 2019 2019 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 AFC
 Myanmar 1993 2014 8 1 0 7 5 28 −23 AFC
   Nepal 2006 2016 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 AFC
 Pakistan 2009 2009 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 AFC
 Philippines 1977 2022 14 5 2 7 15 20 −5 AFC
 Singapore 1975 2015 13 0 1 12 5 44 −39 AFC
 Sri Lanka 2006 2009 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 AFC
 Tajikistan 2008 2008 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 AFC
 Thailand 1980 2022 7 0 0 7 4 37 −33 AFC
 East Timor 2006 2022 10 7 0 3 25 15 10 AFC
 United Arab Emirates 2001 2001 2 0 0 2 0 16 −16 AFC
 Vanuatu 2024 2024 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 OFC
 Yemen 2001 2001 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 AFC

Honours

  • Borneo Cup
    • Winners : 1968, 1981, 1987
  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Cup
    • Runners-up : 1985
  • Philippines International Cup
    • Third place : 1993

See also

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