Brunei national football team

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Brunei Darussalam
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Tebuan (The Wasps)
Association National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Stephen Ng Heng Seng
Captain Faiq Bolkiah
Most caps Azwan Saleh (26)
Top scorer Shahrazen Said (8)
Home stadium Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 194 Decrease 1 (12 April 2018)
Highest 140 (December 1992)
Lowest 203 (October 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 228 Decrease 5 (6 March 2018)
Highest 184
First international
 Malaysia 8–0 Brunei Brunei
(Bangkok, Thailand; 22 May 1971)[1]
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)

The Brunei national football team (also known as 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 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.


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.[2] 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.[3] Brunei were re-instated on 31 May 2011.[4]

Competition records

World Cup Record

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Sweden 1958
Did not exist
Chile 1962 to
Mexico 1970
Not FIFA member
West Germany 1974 to
Spain 1982
Did not enter
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify
Italy 1990 to
France 1998
Did not enter
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify
Germany 2006 to
South Africa 2010
Did not enter
Brazil 2014 Suspended
Russia 2018 Did not qualify
Qatar 2022 To be determined

Asian Cup record

Asian Cup Finals Asian Cup Qualifications
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA GD
Hong Kong 1956 to Iran 1968 Did not enter
Thailand 1972 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 18 −18
Iran 1976 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 13 −12
Kuwait 1980 Withdrew
Singapore 1984 Withdrew
Qatar 1988 Did not enter
Japan 1992 Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not enter
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 11 −11
China 2004 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5
Australia 2015 Withdrew
United Arab Emirates 2019 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1
Total 0/16 15 1 2 12 4 56 −52

AFC Challenge Cup record

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 Did not qualify
Nepal 2012 Suspended
Maldives 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
Malaysia 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

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