28 February 2015

Change in venue for DPMM FC’s three S-League matches

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DPMM FC’s first three matches of the Singapore League (S-League) will be played at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas due to clashes with the national team’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Chinese Taipei.
The season opener against Harimau Muda (Malaysian national Under-22 team) remains unchanged and is set for 8.15pm tomorrow.
However, DPMM FC’s March 7 game against Albirex Niigata FC (S) at the Jurong East Stadium in Singapore will now be played at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
And instead of playing Young Lions (Singaporean national Under-23 team) at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on March 11, DPMM FC’s third game will see them take on Home United FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on March 21.
DPMM FC – who finished as runners-up to Warriors FC last season – were originally slated to host Home on March 18.
However, with the national team – the majority of whom play for DPMM FC – to play Chinese Taipei in the return leg of their 2018 World Cup first round qualifiers on March 17, the match has since been pushed forward. The first leg in Chinese Taipei is set for March 12, just one day after DPMM FC were originally set to play Young Lions.
It is understood DPMM FC asked the Football Association of Singapore to shift the dates. The S-League fixture list was finalised late last month but the draw for the World Cup qualifiers was only carried out on Feb 10.
“It’s good that they managed to change the dates as we’ll need a good start as possible to the season,” DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Mohd Kamis told The Brunei Times yesterday.
DPMM FC’s next three games will be all played in Singapore before they return to the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in May.
DPMM FC face Balestier Khalsa FC on May 1 and Tampines Rovers FC on May 10. The Singapore League Cup will run from June 19-July 10 and the Singapore Cup from May 20 to Nov 27.
Brunei, who will be led by Mike Wong Mun Heng for the World Cup qualifiers, last attempted to qualify for the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan - losing all six of their games against Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and India.

The Brunei Times

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