Bandar Seri Begawan - The Brunei U-21 men and ladies national teams will be heading to Miri to compete in the Borneo Cup which will be held this weekend.
It will be the first real test for the Brunei U-21 men cagers to prepare for the Borneo Games which will be held in Labuan from Sept 13-21.
Currently both men and ladies teams are under the wings of national basketball coach Kevin Reece who have been pivotal in building the country's grassroots basketball programme in a bid to establish a squad that can compete with other Asean basketball giants.
The U-21 men cagers will be captained by experienced senior national player Zainul accompanied by season campaigner Soon Kian Leong as well as Chin Wei Ming, an experienced U-21 player.
Reece in an interview commenting on the young players: "It's either we start now or we just sit and wait for fate to happen."
"We would also like to thank Brunei Basketball Association in believing us," Reece added.
Recalling the development of basketball, Reece said: "In the last few years, it has been a turnaround for basketball in the country following the start of the grassroots development programme which saw the emergence of local players that can rival against Filipino players. From the development, I believed that in, another two years, we will have an even better cohesive basketball programme."
"The young team at their age is hungry for success and has the energy to work for success. We are looking to build a team that can compete in next seven years when Brunei host the SEA Games, " Reece said.
Commenting on the former national cagers, he said: "I love them. We made history for Brunei. My door is always open to mentor them to be future coaches to work with the young team."
"I hope that I could train a dedicated local coach and I'll be the last foreign coach for Brunei," Reece added.
On the ladies team, he commented: "It's girl power Girls can play basketball too. They are disciplined, they work hard and hungry for success. I believe that they will surprise some teams in the Borneo Cup."