23 February 2018

DPMM FC beat MS ABDB 5-0 in friendly

 by Fadhil Yunus 

DPMM FC cruised to a 5-0 win in a friendly match against MS ABDB ahead of the much-anticipated new S League season at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.
The elite Brunei-based outfit are reaching advanced stage of their preparations with the league opener set to resume on March 31 with Albirex Niigata (S) looking to add on to their ever-growing cabinet with another Community Shield.
MS ABDB, fresh from winning their third domestic title in the DST Super League, were hoping to provide a stern test but the 2015 S League winners were in buoyant mood.
The friendly allowed newly-appointed coach Rene Weber to experiment his starting line-up as well as have a better look on his players in a much more competitive environment.
The ‘Gegar Gegar’ men boast a relatively new set of players with a number of DST Super League players joining the squad ahead of the new season.
The club still have two empty slots for foreign quota with 23 players already confirmed in the squad including new Iranian striker Mojtaba Esmaielzadeh, who was roped in from Iranjavan FC.

New DPMM FC coach calls for good football.

DPMM FC newly-appointed head coach Rene Weber has expressed his desire to assemble a team which plays good football and importantly register a victory ahead of the new season.
The Brunei-based outfit entered a new chapter at least in managerial terms as the Brazilian succeeds S-League title winning coach Steve Kean who served the club for four years.
DPMM FC are in the early stages of pre-season with the local players returning after a 40-day break while 12 foreign players are also currently on trial as they look to cement a spot in one of the four possible quotas.
Weber outlined his plans of how he would like his side perform in what could be a new-look side.
"I hope we can do a good season.My big task here is I want to play football and win. Sometimes you play beautiful football but don't win,"said Weber in an interview after a trainign session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium yesterday.
"Football is the best entertainment around the world.Everybody likes football so to bring the crowd to the stadium they must see good football," he further added.
"The main target is to play strong football and won the game.When you lose the ball,you must fight and with the ball, you play,"
He has also set a top-four target in the league adding that they will take it a game at a time.
With the players just returning froam a lengthy layoff,Weber is also cautious that players do not pick up any injury before the start of the season.
"We start step by step.I think after two weeks we can take some conditioning work and start to train more strongly, with more speed and power. Now we're just in the beginning and taking care of the injury.
"I don't want to lose players in the beginning.Around the worle we take care of this.
"The main point is I want DPMM to play very good football.This is our target," the former Brazil Under-20 national coach said.
Brunei is the fifth country outside Brazil in which Weber has stepped foot following experiences in Portugal,Peru, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
"I played and work in Portugal as a player and coach.After that I was in Peru as the main coach and then worked in Dubai,UAE for four years,"said the former Vitoria de Guimaraes midfielder.
Weber was also part of the coaching staff in the Qatar national team that tried to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The former Sao Paulo assistant also emphasised the importance of exposing young players into the team to enhance their education in football.
"We have around seven or eight under-23 players.We bring them in to see how they play to prepare them for the future."
Weber is excited with the prospect of managing his new club and also has heard that they were crowned champions in 2015.
"It is a very strong challenge for me. You have strong competition here in South East Asia. I hope to prepare young players for the future," he said.

DPMM FC has also roped in Luciano Ilha,who formed a seven-year partnership with Weber, as the new fitness coach.


MS ABDB win third DST Super League

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (11 Feb 2018) – MS ABDB grabbed their third DST Super League in three years as Kota Rangers had to be content with the runners-up spot.
The Armymen completed their fixtures this week with a scoreless draw against last season’s runners-up Indera SC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
The one point was enough for MS ABDB to confirm the title where they have amassed 50 points from 20 matches played – four points against second-placed Kota Rangers, who still has a game against MS PDB to play for.

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2017-18 Standings 
1MS ABDB (C)201622719+6250
2Kota Ranger1914415521+3446
6Tebuan Muda205963038−824
7Lun Bawang206594342+123
8MS PDB195682937−821
10Menglait (R)2032151885−6711
11Jerudong (R)2031162660−3410

31 December 2017

Brunei club make U-turn after FAS considers to new rules but move draws flak.

Brunei DPMM have announced that they will continue to play in the S-League next season.
Last week, the club had posted on their website that they were exploring the possibility of leaving Singapore's professonal football league to join Indonesia's top-tier league.
CNN Indonesia reported that the club had met officials from the Football AssociationIndonesia last week to discuss the matter.
Sources had revealed that DPMM were concerned that the FAS S-League revamp plans on imposing age quotas and a reduction in the number of foreign players would hurt their ability to be competitive.
But on Monday,the 2015 S-League champions removed the post, announcing instead that they will stayin the competition for the next season,which starts in March.
The Straits Times understands that the U-turn came about as the FAS considers allowing DPMM to sign four foreign players -twice the number local clubs are allowed.
Sources also revealed that there will be no age restrictions placed on the rest of the playing roster.
This raised eyebrows within the football fraternity as the FAShad consulted local clubs on the matter and, if DPMM are given special concesson,that will appear to go against the natonal body's plans to focus on youth development.
An age quota aimed at giving younger players more exposure will be imposed on the six senior local clubs next season while Japanese side Albirex Niigata, the league's other foreign side, will also be subjected to restrictions.
For a 21-man squad, two-time defending champons Albirex must have nine Under-21 players,nine Under-23s and only one player of any age.They will also be allowed to sign two U-23 Singaporeans.
The FAS did not confirm the DPMM's announcement, but in response to ST's queries, a spokeman said: "In view of the announced changes to competition rules,the FAS is in discussions with DPMM on their participation in the 2018 domestic professonal league.
"An announcement will be made in due course."
But ST understands that some S-League clubs have called for the FAS to allow DPMM to field only two of their four imports at any time in a match,while others have requested that local clubs eb allowd to sign a third foreign player. 
Some in the fraternity believe that having four foreign players will give DPMM a huge advantage but Warriors FC general manager Paul Poh is unfazed.
"I can understand that the U-23 move is a Singapore development programme and we can't enforce it on Brunei DPMM if they feel that their youth is not ready," he said.
"We can work with the number of foreign players that they have been allowed to sign.They have been our partners for so long and we should move to keep them with us."
Poh is confident that S-League clubs can compete with DPMM because of a shift in players' mindsets.
"My personal view is that (with the new regulations) players now understand that they have to work hard.I believe that if they do,they can be good as a foreign player."
Others were not so competitive.
Speaking on condition on anonymity,a former S-League club official scoffed at the new rules.
"There's one set of rules for local clubs, one for the Young Lions,one for Albirex, and another for DPMM - they are making a mockery of the league," he sad.
'The league title will be a two-horse race between Albirex and DPMM because the rules for local clubs will definitely weaken them." 



IN REFERENCE to the story published on December 23, titled ‘DPMM establish contact with PSSI on Liga 1’s interest’, the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) clarified that NFABD Acting General Secretary, Roslin Suhailee, was the only official representing Brunei at the FIFA Summit in Hong Kong.
The NFABD also clarified that the possibility of DPMM FC competing in Indonesia’s Liga 1 was not on the summit’s agenda. The NFABD is not aware of the interest of DPMM FC wanting to participate in the PSSI League.
The NFABD’s Acting General Secretary was only approached by PSSI’s Vice President and General Secretary during breakfast stating that they were approached by the Football Association Malaysia (FAM) mentioning the possibility of DPMM FC joining the Indonesian Liga 1.

07 December 2017

DST FA Cup draw held, to start January 2018

THE Brunei DST FA Cup 2017 will commence in January 2018, as revealed during the Tournament Draw and Managers’ Meeting for the cup tournament yesterday, at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam’s (NFABD) House in Berakas.
The meeting was led by Haji Mohd Noor bin Haji Hamid, Executive Committee of NFABD.
Eight teams from the Premier League including the invited Tabuan Muda U-16 played in the first round. Premier League’s Champion Setia Perdana and four other teams qualifed into the second round and will play teams from the Super League.
In the second round draw, Indera SC will face IKLS FC; Lun Bawang will meet Jerudong FC; Wijaya FC will take on BSRC FT; and Najib i-Team against Kasuka FC.
Premier League’s reigning champion will test their grit against Brunei’s Tabuan U-16. MS PDB will entertain Kota Rangers FC, and Menglait FC will reel against DSP United. Tabuan Muda ‘A’ will be slotted to face FA Cup’s defending champion, MS ABDB. All matches will start in January 2018 with the exact dates to be announced soon.
As an additional local ground rules, five substitutions will be allowed during the knock-out stages of the tournament.
Team managers in a group photo with NFABD’s Executive Committee. – KHAIRIL HASSAN


Brunei fall to Kyrgyzstan 4-0

BRUNEI lost 4-0 to Kyrgyzstan in their second game of the Aceh World Solidarity Cup in Aceh, Indonesia yesterday.
“The team fought hard today with full commitment and strong determination to move the ball forward as we were unable to play possession football due to the heavy rain,” said head coach Stephen Ng.
“We will regroup, recover and prepare to give our best in our last game against Mongolia,” he added.
According to a press release, Brunei end their campaign with the match against Mongolia tomorrow. The team fell 4-0 to hosts Indonesia in their first game of the four-team invitational tournament last Saturday.