30 March 2015

DPMM FC find Sergio to replace injured Fagan

Jason Thomas
Sunday, March 29, 2015
DPMM FC have roped in former Sporting Lisbon academy trainee Paulo Sergio to replace the injured Craig Fagan for the rest of the Singapore League (S-League) season.
Fagan will be sidelined for at least six months after a tear to his achilles tendon during last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Home United FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, and with the S-League having closed registration for new players on Friday, the club could not afford to waste any time finding another import forward.
Despite yesterday’s training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium only his second with his new teammates, Sergio said he will not need long to get used to playing with them.
“Football is easy… There’s nothing special about it,” he grinned when asked whether he would find it hard to gel with so many new faces. “I like playing with the ball at my feet and I’m sure I can help my new team,” he added.
Playing centrally, Sergio’s intelligent movement and quick feet during yesterday’s friendly against the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) helped set up a goal for midfielder Azwan Ali Rahman – who scored at the far post after receiving a quick pass from the Portuguese.
A product of the same academy which produced famed footballer such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Joao Moutinho, Sergio has already made an impression on DPMM FC coach Steve Kean.
“To get a player of his quality on such short notice… It was real hard work by the management,” Kean said.
“Coming from such a fabled academy... He has high pedigree. His biggest attribute is that he’s an all-round attacker and he can play as a shadow striker with Rafa (striker Rafael Ramazotti) or on either wing.
“He has great control, pace and final pass and you can give him the ball any where. The signs are good,” said the Scotsman.
DPMM FC are currently second in the S-League with seven points from three games and trail leaders Tampines Rovers FC by two points – though Kean’s side have one game in hand. They resume their campaign on April 4 against Hougang United FC before taking on Geylang International FC on April 16, both games which will be played in Singapore. The club, which finished as runners-up last season, conclude their three-game away stint with a tie against defending champions Warriors FC on April 14 before returning to the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium to face Singapore Cup champions Balestier Khalsa FC on May 1 and table-toppers Tampines on May 10.

The Brunei Times

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