04 October 2014

DPMM FC want more support

Saturday, October 4, 2014

DPMM FC are looking to get a strong turnout for Tuesday’s Singapore League (S-League) match against Warriors FC - which will be free of charge.

Speaking to the media yesterday, team manager Ali Hj Momin said he wants the home fans to get behind DPMM FC as the league leaders bid to win the tournament for the first time.

Though they are on 46 points with a game in hand, DPMM FC are under pressure from three-time defending champions Tampines Rovers FC who are second with 43 points – while Albirex Niigata FC (S), Warriors and Home United are all on 41 points.

Tickets will be handed out at the both entrances of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas starting at 6:45pm prior to the 8:15pm kick off, and Ali stressed that pulling in a good crowd would be important in securing a win.

“We need to get a bigger crowd because it's a very crucial game," said Ali at the Jerudong Mini Stadium yesterday.

“I hope the crowd will be more than 10,000 to support us… I will be very happy if they're more than 10,000.

“As you know, the crowd is like the 12th player.

“They give moral support with their voice, and as a player, you don't have that feeling of being tired and your mental thoughts are strong because you know you have that back up.

“It's just different, (and) that's why playing at the home ground is a big advantage.

“The players know the field and have the support from the crowd," noted Ali, who added that supporters can wear red to show their support.

With only four more games to the season, including Tuesday’s tie against Warriors, Ali knows just how important all three points will be.

“If we beat Warriors we will be eight points above them, and if we win the next game, that's it," he said.

DPMM FC’s next game will be at home against Balestier Khalsa on Oct 24 before heading to Singapore for their final two games against Albirex on Oct 28 and Tampines on Oct 31.

DPMM FC will be looking to redeem themselves after losing out on the chance to finish the season with three titles when they were knocked out of the Singapore Cup semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate against Home.

They drew the first leg 1-1 on Sept 23 before falling 3-2 in the second on Sept 26.
DPMM FC also suffered a 2-1 defeat to Home during their last S-League game on Sept 17.

The Brunei Times

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