Royals grace EPL Masters Football Brunei Cup
Aziz Idris

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, consented to attend the English Premier League (EPL) Masters Football Brunei Cup 2012 last night at the Indoor Stadium.

Also gracing the event were Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, HRH Prince 'Abdul Muntaqim and YAM Pengiran Muda 'Abdul 'Aleem.

Their Royal Highnesses were also joined by ministers and other distinguished guests.

The venue held over 1,000 local football fans who cheered all night for their favourite EPL Masters teams.

This year, the EPL Masters consisted of four teams - the Liverpool Masters led by Robbie Fowler, Manchester United Masters led by Andy Cole, the EPL All-Stars Masters led by Pierre van Hooijdonk and the DPMM FC Masters led by Md Ali bin Hj Momin.

Performances by the Urban Street Team, Singapore during intervals entertained spectators, while DJ Jenny Malai Ali helped get the fans in the mood for the night's matches.

Lucky ticket holder Haji Hadi bin Dato Paduka Haji Iskandar won a brand new Lexus CT200h, which was presented by his favourite players, Robbie Fowler and Andy Cole. The new Toyota Camry from NBT was launched before the start of the final match.

Meanwhile, in an interview, Idham Abas, the General Manager of ADSEM (Ad Sports Event Management) - one of the organisers of the EPL Masters Brunei event - said that he was happy with the turnout and revealed that all the blue seats (lower tiers) were sold out.

In regard to next year's EPL Masters, Idham added, "Fans will have to wait until May or June for our announcement of players and the EPL Masters will kick off in January 2013."

Among the legendary footballers who played last night were Steve McManaman, Vladimir Smicer, Patric Berger, Frank Lebouf, Faustino Asprilla, as well as local favourites, Endy Vyzunny and Md Brian Iman Bothwell. - Borneo Bulletin (22 April 2012)