08 February 2013

DPMM FC remain winless

Thursday, February 7, 2013
DPMM FC lost all their matches in the pre-season friendlies in Vietnam after falling 2-1 to Vietnamese side Saigon Xuan Thanh FC at the Thong Nhat Stadium at Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.

Midfielder Helmi Zambin scored the only goal for DPMM FC in the defeat.

The Sultanate's only professional football club lost 3-1 to Dong Thap FC on Sunday before losing to TP Ho Chi Minh FC 1-0 on Monday.

The Singapore League runner-ups who will go up against Home United in their S-league opener on February 21 were also without a win in the Governor Aceh Trophy in Indonesia in December.

They started out their campaign with a 4-2 loss to Indonesian Premier League (IPL) Champions Semen Padang FC.

They were held to a 1-1 draw by Kelantan in their next game before losing 3-2 to Aceh United in the semi-finals. They lost their final game to Selangor on penalties after both team were locked in a 1-1 draw after regulation.

The national players also laced up for the club to prepare for next month's 2014 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Challenge Cup qualifiers in the Philippines.

Import striker Joao Vitor Rocha De Carvalho Moreira from Portugal settled in quickly for DPMM FC after scoring the only goal in their 3-1 loss to Dong Thap and two goals in the Governor Aceh Trophy.

Moreira joined Croatian striker Ivan Bosjnak, defender Dino Drpic and Guadeloupean midfielder Stephane Auvray 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 Brunei Times

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