13 September 2014

Tosi: It’s DPMM FC’s title to lose

Friday, September 12, 2014
RODRIGO Tosi believes that the Singapore League (S-League) title is for DPMM FC to lose.
With only five games remaining in the season, DPMM FC are currently on 46 points and hold a five-point lead over second-placed Warriors FC.
Brunei’s only professional team will play the first three matches of the final and third round at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas followed by the last two in Singapore.
They will tackle Home United FC on Wednesday before Warriors FC on October 6.
The Brunei side will then have a 16-day break before hosting Balestier Khalsa FC on October 24 before flying out to Lion City to contest against Albirex Niigata (S) FC at the Jurong East Stadium four days later.
DPMM FC will close out the season against three-time defending champions Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium on October 31.
“I think to be honest… for us, it is perfect. If we can get great results and win (the three games) then we are going be champions,” said Tosi in an interview with The Brunei Times after a training session yesterday at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.
“All will be very difficult matches though as we already have a few losses and draws as well.
“But we have a really good chance to win the League and we are halfway there now,” continued the Brazilian.
“I think we are really confident. Everyone is practicing hard and wants to play
“Everyone knows we have a good chance as this is the first time for the club to make history by winning all three trophies,” he continued.
The DPMM FC striker currently leads the scoring charts with 21 goals to his name from 22 matches played so far.
Kazuki Sakamoto of Albirex is just a goal behind while Nicolas Velez of the Warriors has his tally at 18 goals.
Tosi insists that the winning the Golden Boot award is only secondary to the titles.
“I will try but that is not the most important thing,” said the 31-year-old.
“The important thing is for us to win the trophy at the end of the season. It will be perfect if we can get all three,” he concluded.
DPMM FC are in the running to create history by winning all three competitions – a feat that has never been done before.
The Brunei side already won the Singapore League Cup after defeating Tanjong Pagar United FC 2-0 in the final back in July.
They are also in the semi-finals of the Singapore Cup, set to play Home United FC.
The first leg will be contested at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore on September 23.
The return leg is scheduled at the Jalan Besar Stadium three days later.

The Brunei Times

06 September 2014

Indera SC repeat as champs

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
INDERA SC successfully defended their DST Super League title with two games left to play after a 7-1 thrashing of QAF FC last night.
The champions remain unbeaten in the competition on 40 points from 13 wins and one draw to their name. They will play Najip FC on Sunday and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) next Saturday.
It was all Indera right from kickoff as QAF were struggling to match their speed at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
Indera broke the deadlock in the 10th minute after Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman found an unmarked Muhd Nur Ikhwan Othman inside the box.
The latter had his first attempt blocked by a QAF defender but fired the rebound into the top left corner.
The lead was doubled just two minutes later after Abd Khair Hj Basri outpaced the QAF backline to blast the ball into the net.
QAF got back in the game in the 15th minute after Hardi Bujang received a through-ball down the middle to slot the ball past Indera custodian Mohd Fakhrul Zulhazmi Yussof.
They threatened again two minutes later but Reduan Hj Petara made a crucial tackle before Hardi could unleash his shot from inside the box.
Indera got their third of the game in the 23rd minute after a good ball over the top was received by Mohd Khayrun Salleh.
QAF goalkeeper Junaidi Akim came off his line to try and close him down but the latter rounded him to put the ball into the empty net.
Indera required an acrobatic save by Mohd Fakhrul to prevent Mohd Hardyman Abdul Lamit from scoring from 25 yards out in the 29th minute.
Indera scored immediately on the other end after Junaidi raced off his line to clear the goalkick only to miss his target, passing it to Hamizan Aziz, who would dribble the ball into an empty net.
Hazmizan struck again five minutes later for his second goal of the game, bringing the scoreline to 5-1.
Defender Reduan played striker in the 41st minute as he outpaced the QAF backline to bulge the net from the edge of the box to carry a 6-1 advantage into halftime.
Indera were more laid back after the interval but still got plenty of chances.
The scoreline could have been larger had it not been for Junaidi producing some good saves in between the QAF sticks.
QAF could have scored another in the 71st minute after Mohd Adie Arsham Mohd Saleh headed Hardi’s cross from the right.
However, Mohd Fakhrul did enough to see the ball bounce off the crossbar.
Indera almost added to their tally two minutes later but Md Khairul Anwar Abd Rahim saw his freekick from just outside the box denied by the woodwork.
Hamizan Aziz would score his hat-trick after toying with QAF’s defence before firing home from inside the box for in the 90th minute.

The Brunei Times

02 September 2014

Tosi delivers at deathTosi brace delivers maximum points

Sunday, August 31, 2014

DPMM FC go five points clear at the top of the Singapore League (S-League) heading into the third round after a 2-1 comeback victory over Tanjong Pagar United FC last night.
Rodrigo Tosi converted a penalty four minutes into injury time to claim all three points for the Brunei side.
The Brazilian bagged a brace for DPMM FC in the victory, bringing his tally to a league-leading 20 goals, one up on Kazuki Sakamoto of Albirex Niigata (S) FC.
The triumph puts DPMM FC on 46 points from 22 matches, followed by Warriors FC with 41 points.
According to updates on the S-League facebook page, Tanjong Pagar took the lead in the 22nd minute after Kamel Ramdadi fired the ball into the bottom corner at the Queenstown Stadium in Singapore.
Roy O’Donovan was brought down in the penalty box four minutes later but the offence was waved off by the referee.
DPMM FC almost equalised in the 33rd minute but Tanjong Pagar goalkeeper Aurelien Herisson managed to tipped the ball over the bar.
O’Donovan was taken off at halftime to make way for Shahrazen Said.
DPMM FC were putting plenty of pressure on offence but Herisson replied with impressive saves.
Brunei’s only professional team finally equalised in the 61st minute after Tosi rose the highest to head home a corner.
Adi Said almost gave DPMM FC the lead five minutes later but saw his header go over the crossbar.
Herrison was kept busy and once again came to the rescue of Tanjong Pagar in the 86th minute but he ultimately failed to keep his team level in the dying moments of the match.
The other game saw Harimau Muda B (Malaysia national under-21 football team) steal a 1-1 draw against Woodlands Wellington FC at the Woodlands Stadium in Singapore.
Andy Ahmad broke the deadlock for Woodlands in the 54th minute after tapping in the ball.
It looked like they were heading home with all three points before Syafwan Sahlan netted for Harimau Muda in the 88th minute.
The competition continues on Tuesday with Hougang United FC hosting Harimau Muda at the Hougang Stadium in Singapore.
Hougang United are on 33 points and require only a point out of the match to be in the top half heading into the split round.
Balestier Khalsa FC, who are on 30 points but with a better goal difference, will need the Malaysians to win to keep their hopes alive.
They will also need to beat Harimau Muda at the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor on Friday to seal their berth.
Three-time defending champions Tampines Rovers, Warriors FC, Home United FC and Albirex Niigata (S) FC are all joining DPMM FC in the top half for the next round.

The Brunei Times

Brunei open with Timor Leste

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BRUNEI will open their Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup qualifiers against Timor Leste on October 12.
The Sultanate will meet host Laos on October 14 before facing Myanmar two days later.
They will end their campaign with a match against Cambodia on October 20, with all matches set to be played at the New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.
The winner of the group will move into Group B while the runners-up will earn a spot in Group A at the November 22 to December 20 tournament proper which will be co-hosted by Singapore and Vietnam.
Defending champions and four-time winners Singapore, three-time champions Thailand and 2010 winners Malaysia are drawn in Group B.
Group A will have Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines battling it out for a place in the last four of the tournament.
The last qualifiers in Myanmar in 2012 saw Brunei start their campaign with a 1-0 loss to hosts Myanmar before beating Cambodia 3-2.
A 3-1 loss to Laos squashed Brunei’s chances of making it through the tournament, but the team would end on a high by defeating Timor Leste 2-1.
Myanmar progressed to the tournament after topping the five-team qualifiers in Yangon, with Laos also advancing as runners-up.
According to a previous report in The Brunei Times, the last time Brunei played in the tournament’s main draw was in 1996 in Singapore, when the country lost three games and won one.
Competing in Group B, Brunei lost to Singapore (3-0), Thailand (6-0) and Malaysia (6-0), defeating the Philippines 1-0 in their last match.
Singapore are the most successful team in the tournament after winning it for the fourth time two years ago in what was the ninth edition of the event.
They beat Thailand 3-1 in the first leg in Singapore and despite losing the second leg 1-0, they held on to clinch the cup – with coach Radojko Avramović becoming the tournament’s most successful coach after previous wins in 2004 and 2007.

The Brunei Times

23 August 2014

DPMM FC salvage draw

Friday, August 22, 2014

DPMM FC came back from two goals down to salvage a point following their 3-3 draw against Balestier Khalsa FC in the Singapore League (S-League) last night.
Rodrigo Tosi bagged a brace, which brings his tally to 18 goals in the league, and Adi Said scored in his second successive game for his third in the competition.
Goran Ljubojevic found the back of the net twice for Balestier with Kim Min-ho the other to get on the scoresheet.
The hosts had the best of starts after Kim gave them the lead in the third minute at the Toa Payoh Stadium in Singapore.
They doubled their lead through Ljubojevic in the 21st minute.
DPMM FC made a double change by bringing on the duo of Adi and Helmi Zambin at halftime for the pair of Maududi Hilmi Kasmi and Ak Fakhrazzi Pg Hassan.
It paid dividends almost immediately with Adi, who notched six goals for Brunei in the 5th Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, finding the back of the net just five minutes after entering the game.
The game was tied at 2-2 after Tosi scored his first of the game in the 65th minute.
The Tigers regained the lead in the 70th minute with Ljubojevic scoring his second of the encounter.
However, it was shortlived as Tosi replied just three minutes later to notch things up at 3-3 to see the teams share the spoils.
Both teams finished the game with 10 men after DPMM FC’s Joe Gamble and Balestier’s Syed Thaha were sent off just before the final whistle
The draw, which was the second straight for Brunei’s only professional team, sees them lead the 12-team table two points.
The other game saw Home United FC triumph 4-2 over Albirex Niigata FC at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore.
Kazuya Okazaki gave Albirex the lead in the second minute via a freekick before two goals by Lee Kwan Woo and a goal each by Fazrul Nawaz and Fazli Ayoha put the Protectors four up at halftime.
Kazuki Sakamoto found the back the net in the 72nd minute but it proved to be a mere consolation for Albirex.
Home United are now in third place with 37 points due to a better goal difference over Warriors FC.
Albirex are a point behind the duo.
Second-placed Tampines Rovers can displace DPMM FC at the top should they defeat Tanjong Pagar United FC at the Clementi Stadium in Singapore today.
The other match will see Woodlands Wellington FC go up against Geylang International FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
Kick off is at 7.30pm.

The Brunei Times

19 August 2014

Battling Brunei crash out

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
BRUNEI’S 2-1 win over Malaysia was ultimately insufficient as they bowed out of the 5th Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy last night.
The defending champions needed a win with a two goal margin to qualify, and the 2-1 victory only secured third place for Brunei, on 10 points together with Vietnam and Malaysia, but behind on goal difference.

Mohd Nor Azam Azih gave Malaysia the lead early in the 18th minutes at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
Centre-back Mohd Reduan Hj Petara equalised in the first-half before Najib Hj Tarif converted a penalty in the second-half to clinch a bittersweet victory for the defending champions.
Brunei lined-up with midfielder Mohd Hendra Azam Mohd Idris back in the team, partnering Mohd Nurikhwan Othman and Ak Mohd Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos in midfield.
Both wingers Mohd Asnawi Syazni Abdul Aziz and Mohd Aminuddin Zakwan Tahir assisted lone striker Adi Said up front in attack.
Abdul Khair Hj Basri made his first appearance in the tournament playing in Mohd Nur Azees Ali’s place who got red carded in a game against Vietnam on Friday.
Both teams started slowly, with most of the ball being played in midfield.
Malaysia's Mohd Asri Mardzuki tested Brunei with a shot from 30 metres out, while Mohd Hendra Azam's sent a free-kick from the left that went straight into Malaysia goalkeeper’s arms.
The two shots were the only actions worth mentioning in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Malaysia finally broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when Mohd Nor Azam fired from outside the penalty box, beating goalkeeper Abdul Hafiz Abdul Rahim.
Brunei equalised just seven minutes later when Mohd Syawal Nordin fouled Aminuddin outside the penalty area to give Brunei a free-kick.
Malaysia’s goalkeeper Md Ilham Amirullah Razali got a touch on Adi’s free-kick before the ball bounced off the post in front of centre back Reduan Hj Petara, who was at the right place at the right time to tap the ball home.
Brunei should have been leading a few minutes later when Ak Mohd Yura Indera Putera made a run into the penalty box.
The Bruneian threaded in a through ball meant for Adi but Mohd Syawal made a vital interception to keep the score level at 1-1.
Mohd Hendra Azam should also have scored when he was set by Mohd Nurikhwan from the right just five minutes after the restart but the former would send his low shot a few inches wide off the post.
Adi was stretchered out injured in the 63rd minute following a tackle by Malaysian defender and the striker was replaced by Abdul Azim Abdul Rashid.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Abdul Hafiz Rahim made way for Azman Ilham Hj Mohd Noor just seconds later.
Mohd Najib made his second appearance of the tournament, replacing Mohd Hendra Azam in the 70th minute.
Brunei continued to dominate the game as they are pressing for the two-goal winning margin, and Reduan almost found the net after connecting with a cross from Mohd Asnawi Syazni in the 75th minute but goalkeeper Md Ilham Amirullah would make a brilliant save keeping the ball out.
Brunei eventually found the net in the 82nd minute when Mohd Najib converted the penalty sending goalkeeper Md Ilham Amirullah the wrong way.
Brunei at this point was launching wave after wave of attacks, with Mohd Najib and Mohd Asnawi Syazni making dangerous runs into the penalty area in the final few minutes.
The Malaysians defended bravely by making timely clearances and tackles to stop the attacks, and at the final whistle, Brunei was left to rue what could have been if they had taken one of the many chances presented to them.

The Brunei Times

16 August 2014

Adi keeps hopes alive

Saturday, August 16, 2014
BRUNEI withstood a dominant Vietnam side and came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw in Group B of the 5th Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy last night.
The two teams are still within reach of the semi-finals as the draw puts both teams on seven points from four games together with Malaysia, who will only play Singapore today.
Adi Said notched a brace for Brunei to bring his tally to a tournament-leading six goals, surpassing his five-goal tally from the previous edition two years ago.
Nguyen Phong Hong Duy and Hoang Thanh Tung got on the scoresheet for Vietnam at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
Vietnam got off to a quick start and almost found a breakthrough as early as the fourth minute.
Nguyen Van Toan got the ball around Brunei goalkeeper Azman Ilham Hj Md Noor before centreback Reduan Hj Petara made a crucial tackle to prevent the shot.
Vietnam broke the deadlock four minutes later after Van Toan picked out Phong Hong Duy, who drilled a left-footed shot from the right edge of the box through the legs of defender Md Asri Hj Sapar into the bottom right corner.
Brunei were struggling to maintain ball possession as their opponents read their passes well.
In contrast, Vietnam were patient and moved the ball fluidly, leading up to their next goal-scoring chance in the 29th minute.
Nguyen Tuan Ang chipped the ball over the Brunei backline for Van Toan to chase but Azman Ilham did well to rush out and collect the ball.
Brunei finally got their first shot on target via a freekick from 25 yards out in the 34th minute and it proved to be the equaliser.
Adi struck it well over the wall and despite Vietnam keeper Tran Minh Toan going the correct direction, the ball took a dip and bounced into the empty net.
Vietnam responded almost immediately with Van Toan making another run behind the defence but Azman Ilham did well again to get off his line to grab the ball.
Brunei threatened in the 38th minute after Tran fumbled a Mohd Asnawi Syazni Hj Aziz cross from the left but he managed to gather the ball despite Md Aminuddin Zakwan Md Tahir chasing it down.
Vietnam took only three minutes after the interval to get back in front after captain Nguyen Cong Phuong picked out Hoang in the middle to easily fire past Azman Ilham to bring the scores to 2-1.
The Sultanate brought on Abdul Azim Abdul Rashid, who scored two goals against Singapore on Wednesday, to provide more firepower in the 55th minute.
Vietnam continued to dominate and were looking more likely to score again.
In the 61st minute, Cong Phuong picked out Van Toan on the left but the latter’s shot took a crucial deflection to see it go wide off the left post.
They threatened again five minutes later through Pham Trum Tinh but he failed to find the target.
The defending champions only managed their second shot of the encounter in the 71st minute after Adi got the ball to substitute Md Zulkhairy Hady Razali inside the box but the latter fired at the wrong side of the net.
The hosts equalised after a good one-two by Adi and Abdul Azim, allowing the former to slot the ball past the Vietnamese custodian in the 75th minute.
Brunei were down to 10 men in the 86th minute after Mohammad Nur Azees Awang Ali received his second booking for a tackle on Phong Hong Duy.
Vietnam almost took advantage two minutes later but Van Toan could only see his shot in a one-on-one situation against Azman Ilham fly inches off the right post.

The Brunei Times