22 November 2018

DST Super League: Indera SC, Wijaya FC settle for draw in six-goal thriller

by Fadhil Yunus

INDERA SC avoided a second consecutive defeat after battling back from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Wijaya FC in the DST Super League at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex recently.
The title contenders have picked up just one point out of a possible six, having already seen their undefeated record ended after a defeat to Kasuka in the previous match.
Indera’s new signing Iner Sintany Putra continued his good scoring form with three goals in the last four league games after opening the scoring in the ninth minute.
However, Norfariz bin Sayang, who is also enjoying a prolific run, turned the game on its head with goals in the 29th and 49th minute.
Marhazif bin Ahad made it 3-1 for Wijaya FC in the 64th minute but Asri bin Haji Aspar scored twice in the last 10 minutes to rescue a point for his side.
In the other match, Kota Ranger FC picked up their first points of the season after breezing past IKLS FC 5-1 at the Berakas Sports Complex.
Muhd Asyraffahmi bin Norsamri played a starring role after bagging a hat-trick in the second half with Hardy anak Bujang and Abu Bakar Mahari also on the scoresheet.
Kumin bin Haji Bini managed a scant consolation goal six minutes from time for the newly promoted side.

20 October 2018

Indera SC emerge Sumbangsih Cup winners

by Fadhil Yunus

INDERA SC vice-captain Amirul Hakeem bin Haji Kasim scored the winner in the second period of extra time to give his side’s their second DST Sumbangsih Cup title during the 2-1 victory over MS ABDB at the rain-soaked Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex last night.
Mohamed Zulkhairy bin Razali had given the reigning DST FA Cup winners the lead in the 39th minute but the DST Super League holders MS ABDB equalised through Mohammad Khairul Mee bin Mail in the 81st minute.
Indera SC had the chance to double their lead when Mohamed Zulkhairy latched onto a delicious ball from the centre circle but the goalscorer sliced his shot wide.
MS ABDB scored instantly when Mohammad Khairul Mee fired home from close range in the season’s curtain-raiser.
Indera SC’s new signing Petrus bin Jumat played a neat exchange with captain Hazwan bin Hamzah and confusion in the MS ABDB backline nearly cost an own goal though they were satisfied to win a corner.
DST Sumbangsih Cup final champion Indera SC in a group photo. – FADHIL YUNUS
MS ABDB won a free-kick but they fired wide as they looked in search of a late winner.
After a goalless first period in extra time, Indera SC found the winner in the second minute of the second period of extra time.
The DST FA Cup champions changed corner kick takers in the last moment and that move looked to pay dividends. Amirul Hakeem powered home a clean header in the far post which MS ABDB goalkeeper Mohammad Tarmizi bin Haji Mat Johari could not keep out. MS ABDB missed a glorious chance to take the game into penalties after a player blasted the ball wide having been teed up by a teammate from the byline.
Indera SC Head Coach Mohd Darus bin Tanjung was visibly pleased with his charges after beginning the season in triumph.
“I feel very proud as the head coach and I am confident that Indera SC will make more efforts to strengthen and become stronger in all areas,” said Mohd Darus in a post-match interview.
DST Assistant General Manager of Group Corporate Communications Radin Sufri bin Radin Basiuni presented the prizes.

DPMM FC appoint Stoke City’s former coach Adrian Pennock

by Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC have announced the appointment of former Stoke City first-team coach Adrian Pennock as their new head coach for the upcoming 2019 Singapore Premier League season in Singapore, according to their website.
Pennock will succeed Rene Weber at the helm after the Brazilian had guided the Brunei-based outfit to a third place finish and the final of the Singapore Cup.
The appointment came after the Gegar Gegar men secured third place in the league following a 3-1 win over Young Lions in the final game of the season.
Pennock was part of Tony Pulis’ coaching staff during his reign as manager of Stoke City in the summer of 2011 and enjoyed a stint in the English Premier League.
The Ipswich native will be the second head coach in a space of two years who boasts experience in the English top flight to manage DPMM FC after Steve Kean who served the club for four seasons.
Pennock, who helped avoid National League side Barrow from relegation last season, became a hit with the supporters during his playing days with Gillingham where he spent six years.
He began his managerial career at Welling United from 2003 to 2005 and took the hot-seat at Forest Green Rovers after his time with the Potters. Pennock returned to the Priestfield Stadium as manager 14 years after his spell as a Gillingham player in 2017.
One of his finest career highlights was undoubtedly being named captain for the play-off final in 2000 which saw the Gills promoted to the Football League First Division for the first time in their history.
The 47-year-old was also in the books of Bournemouth from 1992 to 1996 where he became a regular for the Cherries.


06 October 2018

Singapore Cup Preview: History-seekers DPMM out to ruin perfect Albirex

SINGAPORE, 4 OCT 2018 – Albirex Niigata FC (S) are looking for an unprecedented fourth straight RHB Singapore Cup triumph when they take on Brunei DPMM FC on Saturday evening at Jalan Besar Stadium.
BACKGROUND The White Swans have won the Cup three times in a row and look set to retain the title, especially after going through the entire season unbeaten in all competitions.
However, DPMM Head Coach Rene Weber is calling on his squad to create history themselves by winning their first Singapore Cup.
“The opponents haven’t lost any games; they are three-time champions of the Cup but this is football, anything can happen,” Weber said.
“We can respect the opponents but that means we have to play harder than them — that’s respect.”
At the other camp, Albirex Head Coach Kazuaki Yoshinaga is refusing to take anything for granted despite his side’s unblemished record, noting that their opponents are enjoying a good run of form.
“We do not think of any past records,” he said. “For us, what we achieved in the past remains in the past. Our players and ourselves will give our best.
“DPMM have been unbeaten for ten games and Rene Weber is a very good coach for DPMM. He has helped to improve a lot of players there but we will prepare well and try to win.”
TEAM NEWSDPMM will have a largely full squad to choose from. Albirex will miss Taku Morinaga due to suspension, while Shuhei Hoshino is available for selection after returning from injury.
Albirex: WWWDW
07/08/18: DPMM 1-3 Albirex – Singapore Premier League
03/06/18: Albirex 5-0 DPMM – Singapore Premier League
14/04/18: Albirex 2-0 DPMM – Singapore Premier League
16/09/17: DPMM 0-1 Albirex – Singapore Premier League
16/06/17: Albirex 4-0 DPMM – Singapore Premier League
Shuhei Hoshino – Albirex
With second top-scorer Morinaga out, club top scorer Hoshino is expected to return to the line-up. The striker will be looking for that one goal to take his overall tally to 20.
Shah Razen Said – DPMM
Leading by example from the front is Shah Razen Said. He may not have scored as many goals as he would have liked this season, but he is still a threat with his masterful dribbling and direct runs.
Albirex head coach Yoshinaga: “Our players showed their mental strength and other strengths to win their last game, we have one more game and we want the players to give their best and win the final.
“Although there are no local clubs in the final, but we always considered ourselves a local club and we have a lot of Singaporean supporters. We will fight hard for the supporters to win the final.”
DPMM head coach Rene Weber: “We hope to win the final and write our history into the books.
“Three days to recover before a match is tough, but it is tough for Albirex too. We must believe in more of our ability, and I hope to see that on Saturday.
“We want to forget about the last game. It’s not impossible for us to win on Saturday.”
Get your tickets for the game at fas.org.sg/tickets and watch Albirex clash with DPMM atfas.org.sg/live2!

08 September 2018

AFF Suzuki Cup - Brunei 1-0 Timor-Leste


Brunei win 1-0 , but Timor-Leste qualify for AFF Suzuki Cup group stage after 3-2 in total after two matches.

07 September 2018

Tickets on sale for Brunei AFF qualifying clash

By James Kon

MEMBERS of the public are welcome to support and watch the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup qualification match between Brunei Darussalam and Timor Leste at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on September 8.
Tickets will be available from today until tomorrow from 9am-5pm at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium’s Sport Association Room No 1 at the VIP parking area and at the ticketing booth near the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. On the matchday, the ticket sales will be extended until 9.15pm at both locations.
In Tutong District, the tickets are available at the Tutong Sports Complex, and for residents in Belait District at Mumong Sports Complex. For residents in Temburong District, tickets can be purchased at Temburong Sports Complex.
Details of the ticket sales were revealed in a press conference yesterday at the Lecture Theatre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium by executive members of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD).
Tickets are priced at BND8 for covered area, and BND5 for the open air seatings.
Present at the press conference were Acting Deputy President of NFABD Pengiran Haji Aliudin bin Pengiran Haji Tajuddin, who is the co-chair of the organising committee with Acting Deputy Director of Youth and Sports Department Pengiran Anak Haji Sofian bin Pengiran Anak Haji Ibrahim; Secretary General of NFABD Roslin bin Suhailee; Head of Ticket Sales and Gate Entrance Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Ibrahim; Head of Media Bujang bin Haji Japar; an Information Department representative Pengiran Ikram bin Pengiran Haji Ahmad and a representative from the Royal Brunei Police Force.
Officials at the press conference yesterday. – KHAIRIL HASSAN
Pengiran Haji Aliudin said, “On the match day that falls on September 8, members of the public can obtain tickets at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium’s Sport Association Room No 1, as well as the ticketing booth near the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. Tickets are on sale from 9am to 9.15pm on matchday.”
He also reminded members of the public to purchase the tickets early to avoid disappointment. The entrance to the stadium will open two hours before the match at 6.15pm to allow fans avoid long queues.
To prevent counterfeit, the tickets possess security features and scanners will be put at each entrance point to detect counterfeit tickets. Supporters are urged to keep their tickets when going in and out of the stadium.
Head of Ticket Sales and Gate Entrance Haji Abdul Razak said, “The tickets have high security features. Before entering the stadium, each ticket will be scanned. If the ticket shows red from the scan, the ticket is counterfeit. Spectators will need to follow the signage to the covered seats and open air seats. If a spectator wants to go out of the stadium, his/her hand as well as the ticket will be marked with official stamp.”
A total of 12,000 tickets are available for the match, with another 8,000 on standby.
Spectators are not allowed to bring restricted items such as canned and bottled drinks, umbrella, any types of weapons, fireworks/firecrackers as well as musical instruments like flute. It is also a restriction to smoke or vape around the area of the stadium.
NFABD Deputy President Pengiran Haji Aliudin hoped that members of the public will arrive in large numbers to support the national team and boost the morale of the players.
After losing 3-1 to Timor Leste in the first leg, Brunei need to win with a margin of two goals to qualify into the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup.
Meanwhile, at the conference, a question was raised on the status of the upgrading works of the stadium, to which Pengiran Anak Haji Sofian replied, “The upgrading works on the stadium’s track are expected to be completed by September 6, while the football field is always ready. All work will be completed by September 6.”

ASC2018 QR: Home advantage to Brunei, says Timor Leste coach

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (7 Sept 2018) – Timor Leste are prepared for anything Brunei will unleash against them as they attempt defend their lead in the AFF Suzuki Cup second leg qualifying match at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium here tomorrow night.
But with Brunei chasing down a two-goal deficit after their 3-1 loss in their first leg in Kuala Lumpur last week, Timor Leste are fully aware of the enormous challenge that lies ahead of them. 
“Brunei have the advantage at home, their fans will give power to their players and that will undoubtedly make it tough for us,” said Timor Leste coach Norio Tsukitate. “But if Brunei levels the score here, it will really become very difficult.”
Norio’s concerns are well-founded. Despite the defeat, Brunei had proven, especially in the second half last week, that they were a capable side. With home support and fewer errors, they will indeed pose a serious threat tomorrow.
To ensure they deliver their best and advance, Brunei have been working on their mistakes to get their act together to outdo their opponents in the second leg. “Since returning, we have been working hard on our weaknesses and also looked at the mistakes. We will come back strong tomorrow,” vowed Brunei coach Kwon Oh Son at the pre-match Press Conference today. “Our players are fit and prepared for the match.”
Brunei can’t afford to make any mistakes and must take the fight to their rivals tomorrow if they hope to advance to the final round. Asked what were his plans against the hosts, Norio said this: “Our players must give a 100 percent performance, that’s our strategy.”
In the first leg last Saturday, striker Henrique Wilson Da Cruz Martins cracked the Brunei defence twice in the first half before Azwan Ali made it 2-1 in the second. Silveiro Garcia then added a third to put his team in a stronger position for the return encounter.