01 April 2017

Brunei handed tough AFC draw

|     Fadhil Yunus     |
BRUNEI Darussalam have been drawn in Group ‘A’ in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-20 Futsal Championship following a draw at the Grand Fourwings Convention in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.
The young Wasps have been handed a tough draw alongside Thailand, Iraq, Malaysia, Bahrain and Afghanistan.
The tournament will begin from May 16 to 26.
A total of 21 teams will be taking part in the competition which serves as the qualifying for the futsal tournament at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the winners and the runner-up will book their places to represent their respective under-18 teams.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.


23 March 2017

Press Release- Serbian centreback, Zeljko Savic joins S-League club, Brunei DPMM FC for 2017 Season

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce that our client, Zeljko Savic (see CV attached) has signed with S-League side, Brunei DPMM Football Club till the end of June 2017 as a replacement for Francois Marque.

This is the 29-year-old Serbian’s first venture into Asia and he is thrilled to have earned a contract with the Sultanate’s only professional club.

"I am delighted to be in Asia and even prouder to be a player of the best club in the S-League- Brunei DPMM FC. When my intermediary, Trebol Sports International informed me of the opportunity, I quickly spoke to some friends who have already played in Asia. They told me about the lifestyle in Asia and of course, all the positive stuff about DPMM FC. I immediately informed my intermediary that I am on standby to leave anytime.”

When the former PS Kemi centreback had his first training session, he knew he had joined the right club.
The other 2 foreign players in the team had gone through pre-season and team bonding activities so I was afraid that it would be difficult for me to adapt. However, the players, coaches and management made me feel so comfortable and welcome that it was as if I had joined before the season had started.”
Besides playing in his native Serbia, Zeljko had carved out a promising career in Finland where he helped SJK Seinäjoki capture their maiden Finnish Veikkausliiga (top division) title in 2015 and the League Cup a year before. He hopes that this experience will prove invaluable this season.
I am very impressed by the work rate of my teammates during training as everyone will fight for every ball until the last minute. This desire to win is very important and I happen to be of the same breed. I will fight and give my best in every training session and every game. The club has entrusted me to provide leadership and guidance to the defence and they can be assured that I will do a good job. I want to help DPMM finish in the top 3 positions of the League because it deserves to be.” 
Team Manager, Ali Momin laid down the club’s expectations of the Serbian.
We hope Zeljko can motivate our local players in every game and help our defence concede lesser goals this season.”
The 1.87m tall stopper welcomes the pressure of leading the team with the other 2 imports, despite coming from a League with a different playing style.
I must admit that the football played here is different from Finland’s. It is more direct football over here and all players are always looking to push forward to exact more danger on the opposition's goal. In Europe, I have played many big games and they come with a lot of tension, pressure and expectations.
Fortunately, I thrive on these factors because this is what makes football the best job in the world.
We must also not forget that we are incredibly privileged to work under the tutelage of Steve Kean. He has so much to impart and share and I am looking forward to working with him on the pitch every day.”


Kuala Lumpur: Forty AFC U-23 Championship China 2018 hopefuls discovered their qualifying opponents during the stage's official draw at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.
The ten group winners and five best second-placed teams among all the groups will advance to the finals. The qualifiers will take place from July 19 to 23, 2017 in the respective host countries which are Kyrgyz Republic, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Myanmar, DPR Korea, Thailand and China PR.
Although directly qualified as the finals host, China PR have expressed interest to participate in the qualifying stage. Therefore, if China PR finish top of their group or finish among the five best second-placed teams, the next (sixth) second-placed team will qualify to the final stage of the competition in January, 2018.

EAST Zone (East + ASEAN)
Group F
F2. MYANMAR (host)

05 March 2017

Toothless DPMM FC falter at first hurdle

|      Fadhil Yunus      |
DPMM FC slipped to a 3-1 defeat to frontrunners Home United FC in their opening S League fixture at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night.
A brace by Croatian hitman Stipe Plazibat in the ninth and 37th minutes stunned the hosts before DPMM FC’s Brazilian striker Rafael Ramazotti reduced the deficit before the hour mark.
Singapore international Faris Ramli killed the tie with the visitors’ third in the 76th minute as Home United ensured three points to consolidate their position at the summit of the league table.
The hosts had enjoyed a bright start to the match with Azwan Salleh testing Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny with a fierce drive that the seasoned shot-stopper palmed away.
Faris managed to get his side a shot on target in the sixth minute but his effort fell straight to DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof.
The away side were awarded a penalty after new signing Francois Marque clipped Khairul Nizam in the box.
Plazibat stepped up and coolly sent Wardun the wrong way.
DPMM FC responded promptly, led by captain Rosmin Kamis, who directed a clean header towards the far post but Hassan produced a spectacular flying save.
Rafael Ramazotti produced a decent header which fell straight to Hassan who proved another aspect of his game with a neat distribution to a team-mate only to be stopped by a timely tackle.
The goalkeeper was in stunning form after denying Reduan Petara his first goal in DPMM FC colours tipping his point blank range header.

The Gegar Gegar men suffered a massive blow after Marque was forced off injured and with Yura Indera Putera taking his place.
Plazibat latched onto Song Ui-young fine through ball before rounding the goalkeeper and expertly slotting it into the empty the net to double his side’s lead.
The Croatian, who scored at the ground last year in a losing cause for former side Hougang United, enjoyed a great start to his Home United career after netting six times in just two league games following his quadruple against Garena Young Lions.
Ramazotti missed the target from close range in an opportunity to draw his side level two minutes before the interval.
Kean responded falling behind to the Protectors by using all his substitutes and sending all forwards on the field with Adi Said and Shahrazen Said coming in for Reduan Petara and Najib Tarif respectively.
Shahrazen nearly made an immediate impact after being laid out a pass by new signing Billy Mehmet but Hassan dived well to the bottom corner.
Hassan, who joined the Protectors after a stint in Thailand with Army United, was untouchable after producing a smart save from Mehmet.
The hosts finally found a way to beat Hassan after Ramazotti headed Hendra Azam’s corner in the 59th minute.
The Singapore goalkeeper, who played an instrumental role in guiding Warriors to the S League title in 2014, produced a superb save to deny Mehmet in a phenomenal display for the visitors.
However, despite all the pressure from the home side, Faris pounced in the back post after reacting to a low cross to regain a two goal cushion for his side.
The Singapore midfielder nearly added to his tally but his attempt was thwarted by Wardun, who also conceded three goals in the first game of last season at the Jalan Besar Stadium in a 3-2 defeat to Albirex Niigata (S) last season.

26 February 2017

DPMM Fc Import Players 2017

DPMM FC Import players season 2017:

 1. Billy Mehmet                         England
 2. Rafael Ramazotti                    Brazil
 3. Francois Marque                     France

Kean delighted with squad passing fitness test.

Kean delighted with squad passing fitness test.

DPMM FC will have a full squad to choose from in the upcoming S.League season after every single player successfully passed the mandatory 2.4km fitness test which was conducted at the Jerudong Mini Stadium yesterday afternoon.
The selected 25-man squad needed to undertake a fitness test undr nne minutes and 30 seconds which is compulsory as a precondition of playing in the S-League as representatives from Singapore were present to brief groups of players.
Fortunately,DPMM head coach Steve Kean will have no such worries with fitness concerns and he eblievess their recent Bangkok trip was testament of their readiness of competitive football.
"It showed their fitness test levels that we're pushing and it shows that with pre-season the fact that we went away to Thailand., the fact we've had now by the end of the week,seven whole weeks and still we got one week to go.Eight weeks of preseason, we got a very high fitness level so we're delighted with today," said Kean in an interview after the fitness test yesterday.
The head coach explained the good work that they had done in training including small sided games while avoiding injury,though there was onyl a minor concern with new recruit Francois Marque.
"We've got one player that has got a stiff back but we've not had any muscle injuries.So that shows that their muscles and fitness levels are at a peak performance."
The former Basel defender missed training on Tuesday and was a llowed a couple of days rest as he looked to recover from a back problem.
But he had no problem cruising to the finish during the fitness test and even helped inspire Azam to cross the line.
"We let him relax for a couple of days and had intensive treatment over the last few days at the National Stadium with our physio,"Kean said.
Kean further stressed that the mandatory fitness test is not a competition and was glad to see that all players had passed the test.
"The objective of today is to help to be a team and if you can do it the quickest ever but somebody's struggling, it shows the mark of the team spirit.Some of them were staying in the back trying to push along their team-mates.
"I don't even care who's first as long as everybody gets through it and we showed great togetherness staying with somebody who was struggling and pulled them along.That shows the good team ethic that we've got."
The fomrer Blackburn Rovers manager further added that the players got fitter every year with the players who did not meet the times last year succeeded in the first time of asking this year.
The head coach also admitted that he is not a big fan of the mandatory fitness test which is not made compulsory in the other national leagues.
"If being honest,I'm not a lover of the six-lap, 2.4 km test.If you can do the test, I don't think that has a correlation with football any longer.
"I think the S-League is the only league that actually does a test.I don't know if there'd any other league in the world that does a test.
"And if you don't pass the test,you don't play in the league but thats the rules and we've got to repect the rules.

"We've got through it so thats good," Kean siad whose side will be facing Home United at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on March 3.


New Sponsorship Deals For DPMM FC

In an effort to challenge the S League Crown, DPMM FC has received an immense boost following the signings of sponsorships from esteemed establishments yesterday.

The signings of sponsorship deals include with DST, Mitsubishi Corporation, Brunei Shell Marketing Co Sdn Bhd, Royal Brunei Airlines, Baiduri Bank Berhad, Golden Tree Sdn Bhd, Hertz, Hui Huang Enterprise, Nazmi Textile Mall, NBT Brunei Sdn Bhd and Sports Partnership Pte Ltd, were witnessed by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim bin Pengiran Indera Mahkota Pengiran Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj, the Deputy Chairman of DPMM FC.

Representing DPMM FC were Pengiran Haji Muhd Waslimin bin Pengiran Setia Jaya Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin, and Haji Momin bin Haji Md Jaafar, the Club Manager and Marketing Manager of DPMM FC respectively.

The ceremony also witnessed the unveiling of the new DPMM FC home and away jerseys for the new season.

DPMM FC will begin their S League campaign this year against Home United FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on March 3.


05 February 2017

DPMM FC to kick off S League campaign on March 3

Fadhil Yunus     |
DPMM FC will begin their S League campaign this year against Home United FC at home at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on March 3 following the release of the S League schedule.
The Gegar Gegar men will start their first away match against reigning champions Albirex Niigata (S) at the Jurong East Stadium on March 9.
The 2015 winners will not be seeing league action until April 1 when they entertain Hougang United FC which appointed former Home head coach Philippe Aw as their new head coach.
The Brunei-based outfit then face a tricky away tie against Balestier Khalsa FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium on April 7.
Steve Kean’s men will play Warriors on April 15 at home before embarking an away trip at Bedok Stadium against Geylang International FC on April 20.
DPMM FC host Tampines Rovers FC in a spicy home encounter on April 28 before concluding round one of fixtures away against Garena Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium on May 13.
The Brunei based outfit will begin round two of the S League away against Home United FC at the Bishan Stadium on May 25.
The start of round three will see DPMM FC locking horns with Home United for a third time at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on September 8.
The Gegar Gegar men will conclude their season at the end of round three away against Garena Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium on November 18.
Albirex, who completed a stunning quadruple last year, will slug it out with Tampines Rovers FC, who finished runners-up both in the S League and Singapore Cup to the Japanese satellite side, for the first silverware of the year in the Community Shield on February 26.

Brunei Darussalam National Futsal Team Arrives back from Bangkok, Thailand

The Brunei Darussalam National Futsal Team arrives back from Bangkok, Thailand after competing in the annual AFF AIS Futsal Championship 2016.
The team led by team manager Awg Rosdin bin Hj Abd Aziz came home after two losses against Timor-Leste (6-8) and against the hosts and reigning champions Thailand (2-17). With these results, Brunei Darussalam was unable to go to the semi-finals stage.
Present to welcome the contingent is Awg Hj Madli bin Hj Md Yusof, Acting Vice President of NFABD, Awg Bujang Hj Jafar, Executive Committee member of NFABD, Pg Md Amirrizal bin Pg Hj Mahmud, Acting General Secretary of NFABD, Awg Dayem Hj Ali, Competitions Director of NFABD and Md Nazree bin Hj Abu Bakar, Marketing and Communications Manager of NFABD.

Source: NFABD

06 January 2017

Top Two in Playoffs Will Qualify to Brunei DST Premier League

The group winners of the 2017 Brunei DST Playoffs will occupy the final two spots of next season Brunei DST Premier League, Brunei's second tier, following the release of the timetable which is scheduled to start next Saturday.

Kilanas FC and Besa FC, the bottom two teams from last season's Brunei DST Premier League, vacated the Brunei DST Premier League and have been included in the playoffs as well as non-league sides Tunas FC, DSP United, MSN United FC and Hawa FT.

DSP United and MSN United both reached the final rounds of qualifying in the Brunei-Muara District Football League earlier this year which was won by newly promoted Brunei DST Super League outfits Al Idrus Junior.

The club made history after sealing back-to-back promotions having also lifted the Brunei DST Premier League title in their only season.

DSP have also already proven that they can beat Besa in the DST FA Cup last year which will serve them in good stead in their Group 'B' match-up which also feature Hawa FT.

Kilanas FC, who were only competing in the Brunei DST Super League, Brunei's  top flight, a couple of seasons ago, face the unwanted prospect of dropping out of league football as they look to overturn their misfortunes in Group 'X alongside Tunas FC and MSN United.

The way the group have been drawn showed that Kilanas or Besa have not been paired together as both look to make an immediate return to the Brunei DST Premier League.

The group winners will not be facing each other as two slots have been awarded in the second tier of Brunei football.

DSP will play Hawa on January 7 while Tunas and MSN United will meet on January 9.

If DSP win against Hawa and repeat the feat against Besa on January 11, they will go through to the Brunei DST Premier League regardless of Besa's result against Hawa on January 16.

The scenario also applies to Tunas if they win back-to-back matches with Kilanas next on their radar in January 14.

The remaining game includes MSN United - who like DSP fell in the final hurdle in the Brunei-Muara District Football League - hosting Kilanas on January 23.

All matches will be played at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex in an 8.15pm kickoff.


Brunei Futsal Team Drawn in Same Group as Hot Favorite Thailand

Brunei Darussalam face a daunting task in the upcoming 2016 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championship after being drawn alongside 11-time winners Thailand, which will be held at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok from Januar 23-29.

The tournament ws originally supposed to be held at the end of October this year but it was postponed by the Football Association of Thailand following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Brunei face a make-or-break encounter against Timor
Leste in the opening game, their closest hope of replicating their finest result in the tournament when they sealed fourth place in the 2001, 2005 and 2008 editions.

With only three teams in Group 'A' largely caused by the withdrawal of Vietnam and Singapore, a win in the opening group game from either side could skyrocket into the semifinals given that Thailand are expected to top the group.

The only other winners in the tournament, Indonesia, have been drawn in Group 'B' alongside Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos.

The Wasps recorded their sole victory over Singapore in the last edition though the latter were returning from a 13-year absence and also matched Timor Leste despite ending in defeat.

Brunei also have memories-of their 12-2 hiding at the hands of Thailand in the previous edition.
While Brunei's full squad is yet to be released, Malaysia news agency Bernama have released the confirmed futsal squad players of the Malaysia national futsal team who will be taking part in the 13th edition of the AFF Futsal Championship.

The report highlighted that Malaysia national futsal coach Chiew Chun Yong is hoping that seven youngsters -all below the age of 22 - will be firing in all cylinders.