25 April 2013

'Signing a midfielder is our priority'

Thursday, April 25, 2013
DPMM FC striker Shahrazen Said has said that signing an experienced midfielder will be the club's priority when the Singapore League (S-League) mid-season transfer window opens in June.

Former Arsenal and Fulham winger Luis Boa Morte is the latest name to be on trial with DPMM FC.

The Portuguese international is in the country and was on the field with the DPMM FC players during training at the Jerudong Mini Stadium on Monday. Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday, Shahrazen said, "Boa Morte is a good striker and he is very creative."

"He trained with us for the past two days and he is playing as a striker now," said Shahrazen.

"However, I think for now, we need a midfielder who can really control the midfield area," said the striker.

Guadeloupe international Stephane Auvray is on the top of the list to be replaced as the club is set to make some changes in June.

Auvray came with an impressive resume having played in the 'Major League Soccer' in the US with Sporting Kansas and New York Red Bulls but has been a target of criticisms by both the management and fans for his poor performances, particularly in DPMM FC's 4-2 win over Geylang International on April 3.

Auvrey came on for Adi Said in the 61st minute and was blamed for the two goals conceded by the team late in the match.

The midfielder has not featured for the team since then.

The club has also been linked with several high profile names including former Juventus and Fenerbahce playmaker Stephen Appiah, Brazilian Rodrigo Lombardo Tosi and former Messina and Ascoli player Domenico Giampa over the past weeks.

The S-League Cup champions now sit fourth in the 12-team league table after defeating Balestier Khalsa FC 1-0 courtesy of an own goal by captain Tengku Mushadad in the 35th minute at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on Friday.

They are scheduled to play Malaysians Harimau Muda at Pasir Gudang, in Johor, Malaysia on Wednesday.

The Brunei Times

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