04 February 2015

DPMM FC set for Thai friendlies

Sunday, February 1, 2015
DPMM FC are set for some pre-season action next week in Thailand.
The Sultanate’s only professional team have three friendly matches lined up as part of their preparations for the upcoming Singapore League (S-League) opener against Harimau Muda on March 1 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
They will go up against Thai Division 1 side Air Force Central FC in the first friendly on February 4.
DPMM FC will then face off against another Division 1 side – Bangkok FC – three days later.
Their toughest test will be against Thai Premier League outfits Suphanburi FC on February 9.
A total of 23 players will travel to the Thai capital including new faces — Md Khairul Anwar Abd Rahim, Reduan Hj Petara, Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos and Md Aminuddin Zakwan Tahir.
DPMM FC coach Steve Kean believes that the matches will be a good indicator of their progress and is a good opportunity for the new inclusions.
“It is always good to have competition, but the most important is our preparation in getting us ready for the first league game at home,” said Kean in an interview with The Brunei Times after a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium yesterday.
“We have been training for four weeks now and it is nice to play some games at the end of the fifth week.
“So far we have only been playing against each other in training. Now we get to try different opposition and try out what we have been working on,” he added.
“The games will give us an indication on things we have to work on and what we are good at.
“It is also good for the younger players who were not involved last year to be integrated in the team. Going away will help get them to bond with the other players,” continued the Scotsman.
DPMM FC have had 13 foreign players on trial but only Brazilian striker Rafael Ramazotti remain in the Sultanate.
Irish midfielder Joe Gamble and Bosnian defender Boris Raspudic are the only two returning imports from last season.
Team manager Ali Hj Momin revealed that two more players – Lebanese international Hussain Awada and Ivory Coast striker Lasina Soro — are set to come for trial and will make the trip to Thailand
“We already have an idea on which imports we want but we are expecting two more players to come on trial and join us in Thailand,” said Ali.
“I also hope that the new (locals) players will be able to show something to the coach and try to fight their way into position in the team,” he added.
The team will depart the Sultanate on Tuesday.
DPMM FC’s first away game in the S-League will be on March 7 against Albirex Niigata FC (S) at the Jurong East Stadium in Singapore before going up against the Young Lions (Singapore national Under-23 team) four days later at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The S-League runners-up will then host Home United FC in their last match of the month on March 18.

The Brunei Times

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