13 February 2016

Three DPMM FC players fail S-League fitness test

Thursday, February 11, 2016

THREE DPMM FC players failed the Singapore League’s (S-League) mandatory fitness test yesterday.
As a result, midfielders Mohd Hendra Azam Mohd Idris and Mohd Aminudin Zakwan Tahir and defender Amalul Ariffin Said will miss Saturday’s season opening Community Shield match against Singapore Cup holders Albirex Niigata FC (S) at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
This year has seen a change in the S-League’s mandatory 2.4km fitness test run, and under the new rule, players have to clock nine minutes and 30 seconds, 15 second faster than the previous season-passing mark of nine minutes and 45 seconds.
However, the players can keep trying until they pass and the club has until next month to send the complete name list for the 2016 season. The players can do the test even when the S-League kicks off.
DPMM FC skipper Rosmin Hj Md Kamis had mixed feelings over the new ruling.
“If we are to think about it, it is just running for under nine minutes and 30 seconds for 2.4km… If we play 90 minutes in a match, so I cannot see why we can’t pass this test,” said Rosmin in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
“But again, not all players are the same. They are of different sizes and each and every one of them has their own strengths and weaknesses in certain areas.
“Take Hendra as an example. He is not the kind of player who runs a lot, but he is a very good player.
“Mohd Aminuddin is also a very important member of the squad and he has made many appearances with the club last season, so we cannot afford to lose these players because of the test,” added Rosmin who is also going to miss Saturday’s game due to suspension.
DPMM FC are coming off their best season to date after winning their maiden S-League title last year.
They equaled their best finish in the Singapore Cup after placing third but were knocked out in the group stage of the Singapore League Cup.

The Brunei Times

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