18 April 2014

Kean pleased with Hougang win

Friday, April 18, 2014
DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean has lifted his team back to their winning ways in the Singapore League (S-Leauge) after their two-game hiccup in March.

Kean started the season taking three straight wins before S-League champions Tampines Rovers edged DPMM FC 2-1, after which Geylang International secured a 1-1 draw against Brunei’s only professional team.

DPMM FC have managed get themselves back on track again after picking up three consecutive wins in the last two weeks, and they now lead the 12-team table.

They first annihilated Young Lions (Singapore national Under-23 football team) 6-1 before handing a 5-0 thrashing to Harimau Muda B (Malaysia national Under-21 football team).

DPMM FC then defeated Hougang United FC 1-0 to put them at the summit of the 12-team league with 19 points, ahead of Tampines Rovers who sit on 18 with one game in hand.

Kean acknowledged that Hougang United were the stronger side in the first half through sending in a number of crosses which caused problems for DPMM FC, and the Scotsman felt that they were fortunate to go the break without seeing a ball hit the back of their net.

The former Blackburn Rovers manager told his players to boost their performance in the second half as he felt they were playing below par.

“I thought we were better in the second half, but I thought Hougang can consider themselves unfortunate not to get something from the game,” Kean told the S-League website.

Azwan Ali Rahman scored with a header after connecting on a cross from Najib Hj Tarif at the Hougang Stadium in Singapore during the 77th minute, the lone goal eventually turning out to be the winner.

Despite Kean feeling that DPMM FC didn’t put up a good show, he was still satisfied with the outcome.

“You are always pleased with the results when you win, especially when you win away from home - but I don’t think we played very well,” said Kean.

Kean did confess that he wouldn’t have been happy if they had to leave Singapore with just one point, going on to say that DPMM FC have to try and win all their games because one point would not be something to be happy about if they want to try and win the championship.

Hougang United coach Amin Nasri shared that his team couldn’t secure the point due to suspensions and injuries, according the same report on the S-League website.

Despite the loss, Amin was still proud of his players as he felt they performed well.

“We created many chances. Overall I am so pleased with their character (and) that we bounced back (after the 3-2 loss to Geylang United the week before).

“Yes we lost, but the performance tonight against Brunei, a good side, it was brilliant,” added Amin.

DPMM FC’s next match will see them take on Balestier Khalsa FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on Friday.

Balestier are currently eighth in the table with nine points from eight games.

The Brunei Times

DPMM FC get a-headAzwan Ali header puts DPMM FC back on top

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DPMM FC are back to the summit of the Singapore League (S-League) following their 1-0 win against Hougang United FC last night.
Azwan Ali Rahman fired Brunei’s only professional team to their third straight victory after his second half goal proved to be the difference in the match.
The duo of Azwan Salleh and Mohd Hendra Azam Md Idris got their first starts of the season playing in place of the injured pair of captain Rosmin Hj Md Kamis (tight calves) and leftback Sairol Hj Sahari (left hip).
Hougang United were the better team in the opening exchanges and dominated much of the possession at the Hougang Stadium in Singapore.
The visitors should have taken the lead in the 42nd minute off a counter attack through Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi but saw his header cleared by the Hougang United backline.
Najib Hj Tarif made an immediate impact having only subbed into the game in place of Hendra Azam two minutes before breaking the deadlock.
Azwan Ali headed home Najib’s cross to beat Nazri Sabri in between the Hougang United sticks in the 77th minute to snatch all three points for DPMM FC.
The goal was the 22-year-old’s third in as many games this season.
Azwan Ali was ectastic with the goal especially because it was a header and that it was supplied by his 2012 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy teammate.
“It was an unbelievable goal to me because I have never scored a header goal,” said Azwan Ali in an interview with The Brunei Times when contacted after the triumph.
“It was a fantastic cross from Najib and it feels great to score three games in a row,” he said.
Stand-in captain Hj Mohd Subhi Abdillah Hj Bakir felt that the adjustments made at halftime were key in helping them notch the victory.
“The first half was a bit difficult due to the conditions of the pitch because of heavy rain prior to kickoff,” said Subhi.
“It was a very tough game as well. During halftime, coach (Steve Kean) changed the strategy on how we should play for the second half,” added the midfielder.
“It worked and we dominated the second half. We created a lot of chances then and credit to all players as we played hard till the final whistle,” he continued.
DPMM FC are now on 19 points after eight games while three-time defending champions Tampines Rovers are a point back and have a game in hand.
Hougang United are sixth in the 12-team table with 11 points after slipping to their second straight defeat.
In the other game of the day, Argentinean Nicholas Velez scored all the goals to lead Warriors FC to a 4-0 rout of Albirex Niigata at the Jurong East Stadium.
The Warriors remain in third with 17 points while Albirex are in fifth with 13 points.
The competition continues today with Balestier Khalsa FC going up against Geylang International FC at the Toa Payoh Stadium.
The second match pits Home United FC against Tanjong Pagar United FC at the Bishan Stadium.
Kick off is at 7.30pm.

The Brunei Times

NFABD to organise nation-wide Grassroots Football Month in May

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
THE National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) will be organising the Grassroots Football Month in May.
Children will be separated into two categories: A (6-8 years old) and B (9-11 years old).
The festival is set to be held in all four districts beginning with the Brunei-Muara district on May 4 at the Jerudong International School, said NFABD in a press release yesterday.
The second session will be held in the Belait district at the Arena Field in Seria on May 11 followed by the Tutong district at the Tutong Sports Complex on May 18.
The festival will culminate at the Temburong Sports Complex in the Temburong district.
All sessions will run from 7.30am to 12pm.
NFABD held the first national grassroots festival back in November at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
The event which was held in conjunction with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Grassroots Year saw 200 students take part.
NFABD President His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah and his son YAM Pg Muda Abdul ‘Aleem graced the event.
A range of football activities was conducted by the coaches from NFABD as well as the Sports Coaching and Development Unit at the Department of Youth and Sports.
AFC’s website states that through the AFC Grassroots Year and also AFC Grassroots Day - which fell on May 15 - the AFC is encouraging member associations to organise activities to promote and emphasise that football is accessible and socially beneficial to everyone.
“This is a very good event for the young students who are interested in football,” said Mohammad Nadzif Hilmi Hj Ta’in, a physical education teacher from the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Primary School in a previous article in The Brunei Times.

“This is the first time that we have been involved in this kind of event where the students mingle together without having to compete.

“With the great support and response today, I hope that this event can be organised every year.”

The Brunei Times

Indera stay perfect

Sunday, April 13, 2014
INDERA SC tightened their grip on the lead of the DST Super League yesterday, defeating Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB ) 2-0 at the Berakas Sports Complex.

Indera remain the only undefeated side in the 10-team table, currently sitting on 19 points but head coach Hj Omar Hj Jamil is still not satisfied with his team.

“Winning tonight was 50-50. We were lucky and didn’t miss our chances in front of goal,” he said, reminding his players to stay humble and focused.

Tactically, he instructed his team to play short passes since he expected MS ABDB to play long balls into the box.

Going into the final rounds of the games, he said that the team still need to improve as more chances fell to the other team as the game went on.

In terms of outstanding performers on the field, the coach singled out goalkeeper Mohd Fakrul Yussof.

The game kicked off at a blistering pace with MS ABDB hoping to climb to second should they secure a win.

Early chances fell to Indera as Mohd Khayrun Salleh’s shot was saved by MS ABDB keeper Sld Zulfahdil Pehin Khatib Hj Matasan in the fifth minute.

MS ABDB only had a handful of chances in the first half but their attacks were swiftly dealt with by an effective Indera back line.

A solid performance by Indera defender Muhd’Afi Aminuddin was tainted in the 34th minute when he was given a yellow card for dissent against the referee.
He was contesting a free kick which was awarded after the Indera keeper handled the ball outside the box.

The second half continued like the first with fast passing by Indera.
A yellow card was shown to MS ABDB’s Sld Mohd Safari Wahit for breaking up a quick move by Indera shortly after the restart.

MS ABDB’s crosses into the box from the wings were more decisive in the second half, but none found the target.

Their first shot on target came in the 53rd minute from LKPL Suhaimi Hj Md Yussof, but the attempt failed to trouble the keeper.

Indera finally got their team on the scoreboard in the 58th minute when Mohd Asri Hj Aspar capitalised on a poor clearance, firing his shot into the back of the net from inside the box.

MS ABDB tried to change their fortunes with a timely substitution.

Sld Budiman Jumat was brought in for Sld Abd Azizi Ali Rahman in the 65th minute but the player change did little to stop the league’s leading scorer, Mohd Zulkhairy Razali, from scoring in the 75th minute to bring his goal tally to seven.

The 17-year-old used his quick feet in the box and slotted the ball pass the keeper from the right to make it 2-0.

In the other match, Wijaya FC defeated Royal Brunei Police Forces Sports Council (MS PDB) 2-1 at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
MS PDB led the game in the 15th minute from a goal by Jasriman Hj Johari.

The equaliser came in the 33th minute from Ak Anaqi Sufi Pg Omar Baqi.
A last minute winner in the 93rd minute by Abang Md Fakhri Abang Jaludin meant that they keep up with the league leaders only a point behind.

The Brunei Times

12 April 2014

DPMM FC back on top

DPMM FC are back to the summit of the Singapore League (S-League) after a five-star performance last night.
Brunei’s only professional team dominated and demolished 10-man Harimau Muda B (Malaysia national under-21 football team) 5-0 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas to leapfrog Warriors FC and Tampines Rovers to the top of the 12-team table.
DPMM FC are now on 16 points from seven games but the Stags, who are just one point adrift, can regain the lead should they beat Balestier Khalsa at the Clementi Stadium in Singapore today.
Unlike their previous match against the Young Lions (Singapore national under-23 football team), DPMM FC got off to a ferocious start.
Marquee signing Roy O’Donovan almost put them in front after 30 seconds but blasted his shot into the side netting.
Two minutes later, Azwan Ali Rahman broke down the left and fired past Harimau Muda B keeper Ilham Amirullah for the lead.
It was his second goal in as many games
O’Donovan was brought down in the box in the 10th minute but referee Sukhbir Singh turned a blind eye to his appeals.
The home side were playing a much different game by going with long balls instead of their usual short passes.
They doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Sairol Hj Sahari found the back of the net with his left foot after a weak punch out by Ilham.

Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi should have gotten his name on the scoresheet in the 31st minute but saw his attempt gathered by Ilham.
O’Donovan made it 3-0 in the 36th minute after getting at the end of a Rosmin Hj Md Kamis freekick from their own half.
Nurshamil Abd Ghani had a chance to reply immediately but couldn’t keep his shot down to test Wardun Yussof in between the DPMM FC sticks.
The home side were close to adding another goal in first half in injury time but Tosi‘s attempt flew over the goal.
Harimau Muda B came out of the interval a different side and were pressing forward.
Wardun got in on the action to deny a Nor Azam Azih freekick just four minutes after the restart.
Substitute Faris Shah had a chance but his freekick from the edge of the box in the 53rd minute flew over the cross bar.
The game took a turn for the worse for Harimau Muda after Azrul Nizam Muhammad was shown a straight red for falling O’Donovan just outside the box in the 55th minute.
He was unhappy with the decision and debated the call before being advised by his teammates to leave the pitch.
Tosi made no mistake with the ensuing freekick as he blasted the ball beyond a hapless Ilham to make it 4-0. The goal brings his tally to seven goals for DPMM FC this season so far.
O’Donovan got on the scoresheet again in the 71st minute after chipping the ball over an onrushing Iham to complete the rout.
DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean was pleased with the performance, especially in keeping a cleansheet.
“We pressed high up the pitch and got that early goal. The players did very well and got that cleansheet,” said Kean in a post match interview.
“We were going with the 40-50-metre passes but I told the boys at halftime to go for short passes of higher percentage.
“Many chances came from that and we were unfortunate not to get more goals,” he added.
“They (Harimau Muda B) have to be disappointed with the sending off but decisions sometimes don’t go your way.
“We know that losing a man makes it more difficult so what we did was switch sides (the ball) to tire the opposition,” he continued.
Over at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore, Geylang International FC came back from two goals down to steal all three points from Hougang United FC.
Geison Moura gave Hougang the lead in the 21st minute and despite having Azhar Sairudin sent off the 34th minute, doubled their advantage tough Fairoz Hasan in the 69th minute.
Geylang flipped the script in the last 10 minutes, starting with an own goal by Igor Cerina in the 80th minute.
A brace by Leo Felice in the 85th and 90th minute stole the game for Geylang.

The Brunei Times

06 April 2014

DPMM FC out to tame Young Lions

Sunday, April 6, 2014
DPMM FC will not take anything for granted against the visiting Young Lions (the Singapore Under-23 squad) in their Singapore League (S-League) match tonight.

Brunei’s only professional team have never lost to their opponents - winning four times and drawing once - in five meetings.

DPMM FC are currently in fourth place with 10 points while their opponents are second from the basement in the 12-team table with only one point to their name.

Despite the disparity in the standings, DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean feels that these are the kind of matches which prove to be more challenging.

“I always think that these games are in a strange way just as difficult… if not, more difficult than playing against teams at the top of league,” said Kean in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.

“We may be better on paper but we all know that games are not won on paper. We will respect the other team and make sure we give them that,” he said.

“They are a team filled with young players who will be eager to impress and try to get results

“We must try to grab control of the game as early as we can. If we play anywhere near like against Tampines then I’m sure we will do very well,” continued the former Blackburn Rovers coach.

Having won their opening three games without conceding, DPMM FC are in a minor slump after a 2-1 loss at home against Tampines Rovers and a 1-1 draw against Geylang International respectively.

Asked if there were any defensive concerns, Kean replied: “I think the beauty of the first three games is that not only the back four were playing as defenders.

“We were stopping the ball before it got to the back four. Defence starts from strikers and we need to get back to pressing the ball high up the pitch.

“We have not allowed many shots at goal. Last match (against Geylang) we only allowed one shot on target but it went in. Those stats show that we are defending well as a team,” he added.

“I actually thought there was a foul on Wardun (Yussof) and normally we would get it but unfortunately we didn’t,” continued Kean.

DPMM FC have shown that they have got plenty of firepower upfront with Rodrigo Tosi, who have four to his name, and marquee signing Roy O’Donovan.

However, Kean believes that there is plenty of work left to be done.

“We have been working on our finishing all week. I think we get a little bit excited in front of goal.

“We have been practicing on being composed in front of goal. We keep creating and we should be scoring more than we have,” added Kean.

Midfielder Hj Md Subhi Abdilah Hj Bakir is the only player unavailable for DPMM FC with a minor knee injury.

On the other hand, Young Lions head coach Aide Iskandar feel that his charges have nothing to lose against the Brunei-side.

“We are the underdogs but we will go out to do our best. We know that they are a strong team and this will be a good test for the Young Lions to go up against a quality team,” said Aide.

“They have got a good strike force with Tosi and Roy upfront as well as a good midfield.

“I challenge my boys for a strong performance. They will need to stay focus and compete throughout the whole match,” he added.

“Getting one point out of the game is already a good result considering we are playing away in Brunei. Getting three would definitely be a bonus,” concluded Aide.

Spectators stand a chance to win return air tickets to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur sponsored by Royal Brunei.

There will also be eight consolation prizes in terms of t-shirts.

Kick off is at 8.15pm.

Brunei Times

28 March 2014

DPMM FC ready to bounce back today

Friday, March 28, 2014
IT WILL take more than a six-point Tampines Rovers lead at the top of the Singapore League to worry DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Mohd Kamis.
Three-time defending S-League champions, Tampines sent out another strong sign to their title challengers by coming back from a two-goal deficit to beat Harimau Muda B 3-2 last night – denying the Malaysian national Under-21 team their first points of the season after a dramatic turnaround in which they scored all three of their goals in the last 10 minutes.
Second-placed DPMM FC face Geylang International FC at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore tonight knowing they have to win in order to maintain the pressure on the league leaders, who were trailing 2-0 until the 85th minute when Noh Alam Shah made it 2-1 – with marquee signing Miljan Mrdakovic scoring a S-League leading sixth goal in the 93rd minute before Roberto Martinez capped the remarkable return with his team’s third goal three minutes later.
“I don’t think there’s more pressure on us, we just have to focus on winning (against Geylang),” Rosmin told The Brunei Times last night.
DPMM FC were on the receiving end of a Tampines comeback of their own on Sunday night when the Stags stormed back from 1-0 down to beat the hosts 2-1 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, handing the Bruneians their first dropped points of the season.
Not only were the goals the first DPMM FC have let in all season, the win saw Tampines move away from DPMM FC to take sole possession of top spot in the 12-team table – though Rosmin insists they have put the defeat behind them.
“The most important thing is how we react after last week’s defeat,” he said.
“It’s very important (to win against Geylang) since we need to get back to our winning ways.
“Every team will concede goals, we just need to bounce back.
“We needed to take our chances that night and I’m sure we would have won, but we need to live with it and now we need to keep going and forget about the loss,” he added after seeing the team’s three-game winning streak come to an end.
Geylang have been the exact opposite.
After losing their first three league games, Geylang notched a slim 1-0 win over the Young Lions (Singapore national Under-23 team) in their last game on March 20 and will enter tonight’s tie against DPMM FC with a spring in their step.
The game against the Young Lions was the first match in charge for Jorg Steinebrunner, who replaced V Kanan in the Geylang hot seat, and the German’s arrival seemed to have motivated the Eagles enough for them to grab their first points of the campaign.
“They have a new coach from Germany and they won their last match, so it won’t be easy for us,” admitted Rosmin.
Perhaps adding more pressure on DPMM FC, though Rosmin won’t agree, is tonight’s other S-League game which pits fifth-placed Balestier Khalsa against third-placed Warriors.
A win for either of the two sides, combined with dropped points by DPMM FC, could see Brunei’s only professional club slide to third.
Adding more spice to this week’s round of action was last night’s other game which saw Home United steal a 90th minute equaliser against Hougang United to seal a 2-2 draw, with a win for the latter ensuring they would push DPMM FC to third.
But in a season which is only five games in, it will take more than that to give Rosmin any sleepless nights.

The Brunei Times

Result : Geylang International 1-1 DPMM Fc