20 October 2019

DPMM chasing the double

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (19 Oct 2019) – With the Singapore Premier League 2019 title already in the bag, DPMM FC will be out to chase down the double in the Singapore Cup.
“We are really looking forward to it. We had a great two or three weeks celebrating. Everybody connected with DPMM FC should be celebrating because what everybody has done this season has been fantastic,” said Pennock.
“But now, we got to put our business and professional head on and it will be lovely to do the double because it is our aim. We already played one game which was a little bit unfortunate for us because I do believe we could have beaten Geylang.”
After two matches in Group B of the Singapore Cup, the Brunei side has drawn 1-1 with Geylang International before picking up their first full points with a 1-0 win over Hougang United earlier this evening.
The only goal of the game came off Andrey Varankov in the 80th minute at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
DPMM currently lead the standings with four points and where they will complete their Group B fixtures with a match against Albirex Niigata on 12 October 2019 at the Jurong East Stadium.
“The boys worked hard obviously with their fitness levels so we just got to copy exactly the same what we have been doing all season,” he added.
“If we win the cup, it will be the icing on the cake.”

15 September 2019

Brunei DPMM win 2019 AIA Singapore Premier League

SINGAPORE, 15 SEPTEMBER 2019 – Brunei DPMM FC clinched the 2019 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) title on Sunday evening with two games to spare.
Adrian Pennock’s men sealed their second SPL crown after second-placed Hougang United’s 4-4 draw with Geylang International in their penultimate game earlier this evening. With Hougang having only one game left to play, this left DPMM with an unassailable four-point lead after 22 games.
The Bruneian side had picked up an important victory yesterday night at home, where Andrei Varankou’s hat-trick saw them defeat Warriors FC 3-0. The league’s leading scorer, Varankou’s 19 goals has accounted for over a third of DPMM’s 46-goal tally.
The triumph comes four years after DPMM’s first title win in 2015 and in Pennock’s debut season in charge of the club.
They will be presented with the trophy after the conclusion of their final game of the season against Hougang at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 29 September.
The Football Association of Singapore congratulates DPMM on their title-winning achievement!

12 September 2019

Brunei face uphill battle in AFC under-16 qualifiers

by James Kon
Brunei Darussalam under-16 football squad face an uphill battle as they have been drawn into Group G along with hosts Indonesia, People’s Republic of China, the Philippines and Northern Mariana Island for the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Qualifiers in Jakarta, Indonesia held from tomorrow until September 23.
Despite the tough outings ahead, the team is vying to perform well and win as many matches as possible.
“I hope that the team can perform well and collect some points in the group,” head coach Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat bin Haji Omar said.
The national squad comprising 25 players and staff is led by Team Manager Ah Chua bin Bangau.
Asked on their preparations, the head coach said, “We did a good centralised training session at the National Service Programme (PKBN) Training Camp in Temburong recently. From the centralised training, the team has built their chemistry further and we are ready for the AFC qualifiers.
“The team has been together for two years and some of the players are from clubs in the youth league. There are some new faces in the squad and majority of the players are from Tabuan Muda and DPMM FC,” he added.
Their participation in the qualifiers will serve as a development plan for the youth squad.
“The players need to be nurtured further into better players by competing in more international games. This age group has competed two times in international competition. Previously, they went to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Youth Championship at the Chonburi Campus Stadium in Chonburi, Thailand and also joined the training camp in Jakarta in March,” he said.
“In the AFF Under-15 Youth Championship, we got one point out of five games. We managed to draw against Cambodia. I saw some improvements in the team as we progressed forward in the (previous) under-15 youth championship, so I also hope that there will be more improvement this time.”
Mohd Ikhmarol Izzat also shared that the most important thing is for the players to be brave when facing opponents on the field and to be themselves.
Present to send off the team yesterday was the Acting Deputy President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Ibrahim, Executive Committee members of NFABD Bujang and Matusin bin Sumpong, as well as other officials.
NFABD President reminded the players on the importance of playing as a team and interaction with one another on the pitch.
The under-16 squad will play their first match against People’s Republic of China tomorrow at the Madya Stadium.

DPMM FC return to top of Singapore league after Albirex win

Fadhil Yunus
DPMM FC’s pair of substitutes Razimie Ramlli and Adi Said made an instant impact to help their side return to the top of the AIA Singapore Premier League after a 2-0 victory against Albirex Niigata (S) at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik attended to watch the match.
The win ensured they swapped places with title rivals Hougang United and carry a two-point lead over them with a game-in-hand in their favour.
The victory, which enhanced the Gegar Gegar’s men title prospects, also marked DPMM FC’s first victory over the Japanese satellite side for the first time in three years.
It also confirmed a new league champion since 2016 as title holders Albirex Niigata (S)’s defeat meant that they could not catch the newly-installed league leaders.
The visitors played a smart corner with a low pass and the recipient Yosuke Nakagawa saw his shot well handled by DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof.
DPMM FC midfielder Azwan Ali Rahman showed vision to trouble the Albirex defence with a clever ball up top and Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman took a volley first time, which necessitated visiting goalkeeper Kengo Fukudome to stick a hand out to make the save.
The reigning holders threatened as Albirex captain Kyoga Nakamura pulled a decent shot from a long range, which was tipped away by Wardun for a corner.
Albirex defender Shoki Ohara found space and unleashed a shot from distance but his shot was deflected off a DPMM FC player away for a corner.
As Nakagawa brought the danger into the DPMM FC box with a cross, midfielder Hiroyoshi Kamata sized up for a shot but contrived to see the ball fly wide.
DPMM FC fullback Awangku Fakharrazi drove forward and escaped his marker Zamani Zamri with ease before swinging a low driven cross into the area.
The advancing Abdul Azizi stretched his legs out to get contact with the ball but unfortunately his shot brushed against the post.
The Brunei-based outfit averted danger as Wardun’s outstretched arms denied a curled effort from Kaishu Yamazaki.
Fakharrazi was a thorn for Albirex after he found a way to the box having brilliantly skipped past the Albirex defence, but inadvertently scuffed his shot wide in the critical moment.
The Gegar Gegar men enjoyed a promising move at the start of the second half as Blake Ricciuto sent the ball wide to Andrei Varankou, whose low cross was deprived off a telling touch from Abdul Azizi.
The hosts came close to break the deadlock as Azwan Ali was put through by Ricciuto but Fukudome emerged from a one-on-one situation with the local DPMM FC star unscathed.
The Gegar Gegar men took the lead in the 67th minute after a goalkeeping blunder led substitute Razimie Ramlli with an invitation to an open goal. Having kept his side in the game, it proved a cruel turn as Fukudome was culpable of a costly error after his attempted clearance went horribly wrong and was punished by Razimie, who steered the ball home into the empty net.
The visitors broke after DPMM FC midfielder Nurikhwan Othman could not deal with a long ball from Albirex but Daizo Horikoshi’s effort was thwarted by the excellent Wardun.
The Gegar Gegar men looked certain to move into the top of the league after Adi Said doubled his team’s lead with a stunning free-kick from distance in the 77th minute.
With Albirex looking for a lifeline, Nakagawa saw a wayward attempt hit Maiko Hatanaka who guided the ball across goal but Wardun was equal to the task.

28 August 2019

Brunei Darussalam under-18s team return from AFF meet

Fadhil Yunus
Brunei Darussalam’s under-18 Assistant Coach Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun bin Abdullah highlighted the team’s lack of exposure playing international matches following their stint in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-18 Youth Championship in Vietnam.
The young Wasps ended the group stage, which included Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Timor Leste and the Philippines, with five losses.
Brunei Darussalam’s Aisan Aizuddin bin Abdullah Aiman scored three goals during the AFF meet, which helped put him in the top 10 of goalscorers as of the final Group ‘B’ matches.
“In the first half, we were fine for the first 20 minutes. We managed to keep the ball but unfortunately our players could not cope with the high intensity and it was a very physical game by the Philippines team,” said Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun in an interview with the Bulletinon arrival from Ho Chi Minh City at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.
The team were greeted upon arrival at the airport by senior officials from the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD).
Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun added, “We also lacked international exposure. Out of four games, we played well in two games but for the other two we were quite far in terms of quality and experience.”
The under-18 team’s next international assignment will be the Asian Football Confederation Under-19 qualifiers 2020 in early November. They have been grouped alongside Northern Mariana Islands, Thailand, Malaysia and designated hosts Cambodia.
Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun highlighted that it is a tough group, adding that Thailand and Malaysia are considered strong teams.
The national under-18 players will return to their club commitments in the NFABD Under-19 Youth League following international duty.
Brunei were beaten 7-2 by Timor Leste in their opening match with all of their opponents’ goals in the first half originating from counterattacks.
“During the first half, we played very well but in terms of tactics, we were too anxious. We know that our quality and that of Timor Leste weren’t that far,” shared Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun.
“However, our players, due to inexperience, were very anxious to attack and we decided to open up and play attacking football. As a result, they scored by counter-attacking.
“During the second half, we managed to get our spirit back, reorganised our defence and we managed to come back 3-2.”
The young Wasps were pushing for a point at that stage, but Timor Leste ensured victory with four goals in as many minutes.
Muhd Edie Fakri Ajun hoped the young players can learn from the experience when they play in more international tournaments.
He said, “They have to be strong mentally. International football is different from local football.”

11 June 2019

2nd Leg: Brunei Darussalam 2-1 Mongolia

Bandar Seri Begawan: There was no joy for Brunei Darussalam despite beating Mongolia 2-1, with the Southeast Asians being edged 3-2 on aggregate in their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification tie on Tuesday.

Mongolia made history as they progressed to the next round of the Asian Qualifiers for the first time and it is a a well deserved achievement.


Brunei Darussalam, chasing a 2-0 deficit from Thursday's first leg, took the game to Mongolia at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium from the first blow of the referee's whistle.


Their early aggression brought almost immediate reward as Razimie Ramli gave them the lead in the fourth minute.


Razimie, easily Brunei Darussalam's best player on the night, continue to torment Mongolia and drew the Southeast Asians level on aggregate with a sublime effort just before the break.

The goal brought the fans to their feet and as both teams headed into the dressing rooms, Brunei Darussalam looked the likelier of the two sides to finish the job in the second 45 minutes.


Disaster, however, struck the home team just two minutes into the restart as they conceded a penalty.

Mongolian captain Norjmoo Tsedenbal, who struck the first goal of the Asian Qualifiers in the 2-0 first leg win, stepped up and easily converted as the visitors had a crucial away goal.


Having taken the lead on aggregate, Mongolia defended stoutly and as the final whistle was blown, there was heartbreak for Brunei Darussalam.


09 June 2019

Free entry for Brunei-Mongolia match on June 11

by Fadhil Yunus

FOOTBALL fans in Brunei Darussalam are welcome to support and watch the second leg of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar and AFC Asia Cup 2023 Joint Qualification Round 1 match between Brunei Darussalam and Mongolia at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on June 11.
Free tickets will be available during match day on June 11 at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium Sport’s Association Room No 1 at the VIP parking area and the ticketing booth near the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex from 9am until 9.15pm.
In Tutong District, tickets are available at the Tutong Sports Complex; residents in Belait District can grab them at Mumong Sports Complex; while residents in Temburong District can get them at Temburong Sports Complex.
Entry to the stadium will open at 6.15pm for fans to avoid long queues. Spectators are urged to follow the instructions given by the ticket ushers on duty, and are not allowed to bring prohibited items, any types of weapons, fireworks/firecrackers as well as wind instruments. Smoking and vaping around the area of the stadium are also prohibited.