03 February 2013

DPMM FC play Dong Thap today

Sunday, February 3, 2013
DPMM FC will be able to test their new combinations, especially in attack, when they face Vietnamese side Dong Thap FC in a pre-season friendly in Ho Chi Minh City today.

The club has the luxury of choosing from a variety of options in front of goal after recently signing two new import strikers ahead of the February 20 start of the Singapore League.

They also face TP Ho Chi Minh FC tomorrow and end their three-game stint against Saigon Xuan Thanh FC on Wednesday.

The team's long-serving striker, Shahrazen Said, was full of praise for new Croatian partner Ivan Bosnjak when met at the Brunei International Airport before the team left for Vietnam yesterday.

Bosnjak, 33, played for his country at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and has 14 caps and one international goal to his name so it is little surprise Shahrazen has been impressed with what he has seen during the team's training at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.

"Ivan has a good first touch. He's very good at stopping the ball and shooting straight away, and he also has a powerful shot," explained the 27-year-old who was DPMM FC's top scorer with 14 goals last term.

"There's a lot I can learn from him and I can definitely improve by playing with him," added Shahrazen, who finished joint top-scorer with Perak's Keita Mandjou during the 2006/07 Malaysian Super League (MSL) season with 21 goals.

Shahrazen has already had an impact on the team's pre-season preparations after scoring three goals during their four games at December's Governor Aceh Trophy, a six-team invitational tournament in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Portuguese striker Joao Vitor Rocha De Carvalho Moreira, 26, also made a name for himself at Banda Aceh, where his two goals in as many matches led to the club offering him a contract.

Bosnjak had yet to sign for DPMM FC then, so the trip to Vietnam will be all the more important for the Croatian.

"Vitor and Ivan are both different player... Vitor hold the ball and dribbles, Ivan holds the ball and passes. We need more time to gel," said Shahrazen, whose brother Adi is also a DPMM FC striker.

DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Mohd Kamis agreed with Shahrazen and said the trip will help get the team playing on the same channel.

"All our combinations and understanding (of how each other play)... We have to get that set before the S-League starts," stated the 31-year-old.

"That's what's important for the trip. Fitness, I think we are nearly at 100 per cent, so that's no problem," said Rosmin, who is expected to form a partnership in central midfield with Guadeloupean Stephane Auvray.

Auvray and Croatian defender Dino Drpic join Bosnjak and Moreira as the team's four new signings for this season.

The fifth import, Brazilian centre-back Tales Ricarte dos Santos, is still in his homeland recovering from a knee injury.

Dos Santos was the only import the club retained for this season.

The club, though, will be boosted by the return to fitness of Pg Sallehuddin Pg Hj Damit, the veteran defender sure to be a calm, confident and composed figure in the back-line.

The Brunei Times 

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