Brunei Darussalam, 22nd September 2011 – After two hard fought seasons, the Brunei Barracudas have announced today that they will not be a part of the ASEAN Basketball League in Season 3.
The Brunei Barracudas, the first professional basketball team formed and based in Brunei Darussalam, joined the ASEAN Basketball Season in its inaugural season in 2009. The Barracudas continued their participation in Season 2 of the ABL and fought valiantly despite being unable to make it to the playoffs after a crushing defeat in their last game of the regular season.
“Our experience in the ASEAN Basketball League has been very rewarding,” said Ms. Nadzaty Azma Azeez, team owner of the Brunei Barracudas. “Being part of the league has given our players the opportunity to play with some of the best in the region.”
“The Brunei Barracudas would love to continue to be a part of the ABL for Season 3, so it is with our deepest regret that we make the announcement to pull ourselves out of the league next year.” Nadzaty continues.
“We are disappointed that the Barracudas will not be joining us next year,” Mr. Kuhan Foo, CEO of the ASEAN Basketball League stated. “They have supported us throughout our first two seasons and have been the poster boys for never say die attitude. We use the Barracudas model of professional management, players training and strategies that saw them take the fight to and often beat better teams with larger squads. Never has such a small nation stood tall among the best in the region. We hope in due time we will see the Barracudas rejoin the league with renewed vigor to match the best of ASEAN”
The ASEAN Basketball League’s 3rd Season will tip off on the 14th of January 2012 and will feature two new teams, the San Miguel Beermen from the Philippines and Thailand Bangkok Basketball Holdings from Thailand in addition to Season 2 contenders Satria Muda BritAma from Indonesia, Westports KL Dragons from Malaysia, Singapore Slingers from Singapore, the AirAsia Philippine Patriots from the Philippines and current champions the Chang Thailand Slammers.
About the ABL
The ASEAN Basketball League is a professional basketball league founded Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Tony Fernandes in view of what seems like a sports development scene in South East Asia that seemed to have stagnated. The idea of the league was to kick start a professional league that would be able to create strong teams that would be run as corporations and to ensure professional management, discipline and most importantly development of the game from grass roots level.
About Brunei Barracudas
The Brunei Barracudas is the first professional basketball team for Brunei Darussalam and one of the six original teams which joined the ASEAN Basketball League’s inaugural season in January 2009. According to team owner Ms. Nadzawaty Azama Azeez, the team was named the Barracudas after the fearsome saltwater predators that work together as a team offensively and defensively as that epitomised her vision of the team.