17 September 2016

DPMM FC’s Ramazotti eyeing topscorer award

DPMM FC’s Rafael Ramazotti has set his sights on the Singapore League (S-League) topscorer award for the second straight season.
The 28-year-old bagged the award after tallying 21 goals in their title winning season last year.
The Brazilian forward is currently leading the charts with 16 goals to his name followed by the trio of Jonathan Behe (Warriors FC), Ken Ilso (Home United FC) and Stipe Plazibat (Hougang United FC) with two goals fewer.
“I always give it a fight to do my best when I play for DPMM FC. I want to score because it will help the team,” said Ramazotti in an interview with The Brunei Times after a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium on Tuesday.
“My teammates help me a lot too and I couldn’t have done it without them. I didn’t score 16 goals alone.
“Since we can’t win the title, I want to be the topscorer again. This will be a good finish if I can win,” he added.
DPMM FC will finish without any silverware this season having lost in the final of the League Cup and were dumped out in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Cup.
Mathematically, they still have an opportunity to retain the S-League title as they are 12 points back from leaders Albirex Niigata (S) FC.
However, they will have to win their remaining four fixtures combined with a meltdown by the Japanese outfits to drop their next five games and for second-placed Tampines Rovers FC to drop points.
DPMM FC coach Steve Kean is aiming to finish second as they are only eight points adrift from the Stags.
The Brunei side are currently on their best run of the season having only lost once in their last 10 games — a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Albirex in the final of the Singapore League Cup on July 30 — in all competitions.
They last saw action on August 26 where they came from behind to edge Hougang United FC 2-1 after a Ramazotti double at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
DPMM FC will resume their campaign against Home United FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas next Friday.
They will then host the Garena Young Lions (Singapore national under-21 football team) three days later before travelling to Singapore to face Tampines on October 1.
Ramazotti felt that the break came at a wrong time but hopes they will be able to complete their campaign strongly.
“At the start of the season we were fighting to win the title and that was the most important for us,” said the striker.
“If we could have played like how we did in the last 12 games earlier in the season, we would have had a chance. But we lost it and now it will be good if we can finish in second place,” he added. “The break is not good for us because we played really well having won eight, drawn one and lost one in the last 10 games. It is amazing statistics.
“The league stopped and then after three matches we have to stop again. Everybody knows it is hard. We will just play because there is nothing that we can change,” he concluded.

The Brunei Times

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