BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (17 Dec 2011) – Brunei’s only fully professional football club DPMM FC are back in the S-League – this was confirmed by the FA of Singapore (FAS) this week.
For the S-League 2012, there will be 14 teams taking part including DPMM FC and Malaysia’s Harimau Muda.
“That is good news for us. We have started preparing (since October) and it is not easy from the start especially with the players having had no games for the past two years,” said DPMM FC chief coach Vjeran Simunic.
“We are working very hard and I can say that we are at 75% to the level that we want to reach.”
DPMM FC were the first foreign side to lift the Singapore League Cup in 2009 before they Brunei were banned by FIFA for two years.
“We will need to be better than what we were two years ago since the league is getting more competitive with clubs like Etoile FC of France in the fray,” added Simunic.
“But every day there is good news because I can see steady improvement. We are hungry for the challenge and I have faith in the players. The local players are not afraid and have all responded well working hard as a team.
“We have had a lot of young players come for tryouts as well and the future of Brunei football definitely looks good.”
The S-League is scheduled to kick off on 9 Feb 2011.