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.  


31 August 2018

Minister urges national team to make impact at AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier

By James Kon   

NATIONAL football players must stay focussed in a display of team dynamics when they take on Timor Leste in the two-leg qualification match for the AFF Suzuki Cup on September 1.
This was said by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin in a motivational speech to the national football team at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.
“This advice has been reiterated by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, on many occasions.
“We believe that the national team have trained hard and shown high commitment. During the game, be confident that as a team, we can defeat Timor Leste. It is not impossible to beat Timor Leste, as our national squad did in 2012, when we managed to lift the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy (HBT) in the same year.”
The minister also welcomed the inclusion of players from DPMM FC, while thanking 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 who is also the Chairman of DPMM FC, for allowing these players to join the national team.
“We wish the squad all the best in Malaysia, in the hope that they will do us proud,” the minister said.
Led by coach Kwon Oh Son and manager Kamarul Arifin bin Mohammad Harif, the national squad headed for the AFF Suzuki Cup qualification match comprise players selected from the DST league: Mohammad Tarmizi bin Haji Mat Johan, Muhammad Arif bin Ali Rahman, Muhammad Ali bin Aminuddin, Hazwan bin Hamzah, Mohammad Khairil Shahme bin Suhaimi, Mohd Aminuddin Zakwan bin Mohd Tahir, Muhammad Razimie bin Ramli, Mohammed Zulkhairy Hady bin Razali and Hamizan Aziz bin Sulaiman.
The DPMM FC players absorbed in the national team are: Md Wardun Yussof, Haimie anak Nyaring, Mohammad Helmi bin Haji Zambin, Reduan bin Haji Petra, Abdul Mu’iz Sisa, Mohammad Najib bin Haji Tarif, Awangku Mohd Fakharrazi bin Pengiran Haji Hassan, Mohammad Shafir bin Haji Mohd Efenddy, Awangku Yura Indera Putera bin Pengiran Yunos, Mohammad Nurikhwan bin Othman, Muhammad Azwan bin Ali Rahman, Mohammad Shahrazen bin Said and Adi bin Said.
Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, who led the national youth team in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy this year, will not be joining the national squad in Malaysia, but is expected to play in the second leg on September 8 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
In an interview, coach Kwon said, “Group training for the local players started in early June, and on July 24, the team underwent centralised training. Thirteen DPMM FC players joined the team in the last phase, which is all right, because as professional players, they easily adapted to the team.
“There was no problem in the team preparation; the players got along well together. They are mentally strong and ready to win against Timor Leste.”
The first leg of the match will take place at the Cheras Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, after the original venue in Dili, Timor Leste, was plagued with concerns over floodlighting, despite being close to match readiness.
Changing the venue, said Kwon, “is a huge advantage for us, because flying to Dili is a really long journey, with a transit through Bali or Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is close and is looked upon as our second home, so I hope that the players can adapt well to the venue.”
On the Timor Leste team, he said, “They have players with good attacking skills, but if we can dominate in the midfield, we can build up our attacking chances. Our players are hungry for success. They want to show the best of Brunei football to local fans, by winning both legs of the qualification matches and proceeding to the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup. We will take every game as the finals.”
Kwon also conveyed his gratitude to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for allowing DPMM FC players to join the national squad and to His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah for supporting the team.

ASC2018 QR: Timor bank on youth; Brunei aim for full points

PETALING JAYA (31 Aug 2018) – While Timor Leste will be banking on their youth for the qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018, Brunei DS are aiming for the full points when the two sides clash.
The first leg of the qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 will be held at the KLFA Stadium tomorrow night with the return tie to be played a week later in Bandar Seri Begawan.
At the pre-match Press Conference this afternoon at Wisma FAM in Petaling Jaya, Norio Tsukitate the head coach of Timor Leste felt that the youth will be the key to his team’s campaign.
“A handful of our players played at the Asian Games in 2018 in Jakarta and they have earned a lot of valuable experiences,” said Norio.
“Their fitness will also be at a good level which means that they will be invaluable to our team’s strength as they will provide the power alongside the experienced players we have in the team.
“The team has been together for the last four months with the intense preparation being in the last month. So I would say that we are quite well prepared to win our place in the final rounds of the AFF Suzuki Cup.
n the meantime, Brunei DS will be relying on the tried and tested to carry them through as they aspire to make the finals rounds of the meet.
“The team is basically the same team from the last few years where this time, we trained for about two months together,” said Brunei DS head coach Kwon Oh Son, who has been the on and off tactician for the Sultanate side for the last several years.
“The important factor here is cohesion and I believe that we have the strength to win here in Kuala Lumpur so as to be prepared for the second leg.
“We have been training very hard for the past month and we are excited to play this game. We played some local friendlies but no internationals , so we hope that it will be enough.”
Following a change in format for the 2018 edition, only two teams as against four in the 2016 edition will play in the qualifiers.
The winner of the two-legged qualifiers will earn a spot to the final rounds of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 where they will be place in Group B against Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore.
Group A Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.