14 August 2017

Malaysia vs Brunei: Hosts search for comfortable start

SEA Games (Group A) | Shah Alam Stadium | Mon 14 Aug | 8.45pm

By Vijhay Vick
The hosts’ first match and they will be out to ensure there are no slip ups in the SEA Games gold medal hunt, which though a tall order is what the Malaysia Under-22s are aiming for.
Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore will look at their matches against Brunei as must wins with the biggest score line possible to get a high goal difference, but Brunei will not be easy to break down.
Australia struggled to break this Bruneian squad at the AFC Under-23 qualifiers in July, only managing a 2-0 win. Myanmar and Singapore, however, put three and four respectively past them.
Malaysia may be tempted not to field their strongest 11 because of the clash with neighbouring rivals Singapore just two days later. Several players in the squad did not look comfortable playing two matches in three days at the qualifiers in Bangkok last month.
Yet there should be enough strength in the squad, whether it is a weakened line-up or not, for the Malaysians to prevail. A nervy start is what Malaysia Under-22 coach Ong Kim Swee repeated reminded his players to avoid.

Malaysia only managed a 1-0 win in the 2015 opener against Timor Leste in Singapore. The Malaysians lost their cool in the match and Nazmi Faiz Mansor was sent off for spitting at an opponent. He later received a six-match ban and was sent back from the Games.
N. Thanabalan is the only player not available for selection due to a knee injury. The attacker underwent a MRI scan and is expected to be ready to face Singapore on Wednesday.
Penang forward S. Kumaahran is back in training after reporting to camp with a hamstring injury. He could, however, only see action from off the bench as options are plenty with the likes of Jafri Firdaus Chew, Akhyar Rashid and Syafiq Ahmad all in good condition.

Rotation will be key because of the scheduling and Ong could be tempted to rest players although it is the opening match as following clashes against Singapore and Myanmar are expected to determine Group A’s outcome.
Malaysia need to be at their best against Singapore and Myanmar.
The Kedah youngster was lively against Indonesia in the AFC Under-23 qualifiers and his absence against Thailand in the following match was felt as Malaysia lacked the creativity up front to make the most of the little possession they had.

Syafiq is expected to start on the left side of a three-man forward line and he tends to drop to the fill the vacuum between central midfield and the attack.
Syafiq also tends to run with the ball, skipping past defenders with his quick feet to open up space.
  • Brunei are largely a squad in progress. Only seven members of the squad are ineligible for the next games while Malaysia have seven eligible for the 2019 edition.
  •  This is the third edition running both teams were drawn in the same group. Malaysia defeated Brunei 2-0 in 2015 and 2013.
  •  Malaysia defeated Brunei 5-0 when the two countries met in the opening match when Malaysia last hosted the Games.
Malaysia 3 Brunei 0. The region’s minnow may be rigid at the back but the host are expected to run clear winners.


09 August 2017

Think positive, says Prince Sufri

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (8 August 2017) – His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah, the President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has advised the nation’s SEA Games-bound athletes to think positive ahead of the biennial championship.
The 29th edition of the SEA Games will be held on 19-30 August 2017 although football will start earlier on 14 August.
“Think positive and remain focussed,” said Prince Sufri. “You have to think positive, and that you can play (against) any team. Try your best and show them what you’ve got. We want to play and show other countries we have a good team.
“Also, control your temper.”
For men’s football, Brunei Darussalam have been placed in Group A against Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Singapore

29 July 2017

Shahfiq late strike sinks DPMM

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (27 July 2017) – Substitute Shahfiq Ghani netted a late winner to give Geylang International a narrow 1-0 win over Brunei DPMM in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Monday night.
With the win, the Eagles leapfrogged Hougang United into fifth place in the nine-team table on 21 points having played a game more than Warriors FC.
On the other hand, the defeat was the tenth of the season for the Wasps as they sit second from bottom with only four points from 12 games played.
The hosts had a chance to grab the lead in the 11th minute after Shahrazen Said headed Azwan Ali Rahman’s corner to the far post but Adi Said failed to get a touch to it.
Geylang went on the attack four minutes later but winger Gabriel Quak could only head over.
Ricardo Sendra was on target in the 22nd minute but was foiled by DPMM custodian Awangku Mu’izzuddin who was there for the save.
Geylang goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari then denied Shahrazen and fortunately for them the ball ended at the wrong side of his right hand post.
The visitors came close to breaking the deadlock just before half-time but Quak’s effort was came off the upright.
Adi had a good opportunity to put the hosts in front three minutes after the interval but his shot went inches wide.
Quak sent a freekick from the right to the far post on the hour mark but Sendra failed to connect on it before Azwan Ali volleyed over from inside the box at the other end moments later.
Steve Kean’s side were presented with an opportunity to open the scoring in the 62nd minute after Yuki Ichikawa had handled the ball inside the box
Daud Gazale stepped up to take the ensuing spotkick but Syazwan dived low to his left to deny the former his first goal in DPMM colours.
Shahfiq was then introduced in the 66th minute after second-half substitute Min Thiha was stretchered off after being on the pitch for less than 20 minutes.
DPMM had back-to-back chances with Adi heading straight at Syazwan before Azwan Ali put another over in a space of a minute.
However, it was the Eagles who went in front in the 81st minute after Faritz Hameed was given space to dribble into the box from the left.
He then put the ball into the middle for Shahfiq to head home and claim all three points from the encounter.

05 June 2017

Shah United set to make AFF debut

|     Fadhil Yunus     |
BRUNEI Darussalam’s futsal club Shah United is set to make their debut in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Club Championship after being reportedly drawn in Group ‘A’ alongside Thai Port FC of Thailand, Permata Indah Manokwari of Indonesia and a representative from Myanmar.
The championship, which is held annually, will be held tentatively from July 2-8 in Bangkok, Thailand.
According to Arena Futsal Malaysia, Group ‘B’ pit Australia’s East Coast Heat, Vietnam’s Sana Khanh Hoa, Melaka United of Malaysia and Vientiane Capital of Laos.
The groupings of the teams have not been officially released in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) website but Indonesia-based web portal Bolalob has provided a preliminary draft.
According to the website, the top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
The website has also released a provisional fixture list with Shah United set to begin their campaign against a Myanmar league representative on July 2 before meeting Indonesian outfit Permata Indah Manokwari a day later.

Update :

Official match schedule :


26 May 2017


Written by: Darren Ho

Home United are hot on Albirex Niigata (S) heels at the summit of the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League after an impressive performance, defeating Brunei DPMM 9-3 at Bishan Stadium on Thursday night.

Faris Ramli was as his stunning best, netting four goals, while assisting three others as teammates Stipe Plazibat, Khairul Nizam, Adam Swandi and Song Uiyoung also got their names on the scoresheet for the hosts.

DPMM had Rafael Ramazotti, Shah Razen Said and Adi Said to reduce the deficit, but it was Home who would ease to a comfortable victory and seal all three points in this encounter.

It has been a crucial, yet congested week for Aidil Sharin’s side who are in their quest to finish top of the S.League, while battling in the AFC Cup Zonal semi-finals in midweek.

Yet, the Bishan-based side, who are one foot in the final, made no mistake in their S.League commitments to push on both fronts.

Both teams kicked-off the first-half with vicious intent to get their noses in front.

The visitors made their first attempt to prise an opening inside four minutes when wide man Azwan Ali flight a dangerous cross from the left to pick up Adi in the box, only to be denied by Hassan Sunny who was right on point when he sprung to intercept with a save.

It had been the worst possible start in Steve Kean’s regime as DPMM coach this season and their woes were compounded when the Protectors scored six within the space of twenty-five minutes before half-time.

Home broke the deadlock after 21 minutes when Shamil Sharif delivered a delightful cross for Faris to take a first touch before elevating his shot past the onrushing Alijanda Sitom to take the lead.

Faris clinched his second nine minutes later, tapping in a low cross from Plazibat who timed his delivery to perfection from the right flank.

The pair would switch roles three minutes later as Faris became provider when he picked up a loose ball in the penalty box to connect with Plazibat who rolled the ball past Alijanda at his far post.

The Protectors’ number nine did score his second just moments later as Faris once again dinked a clever ball from the middle for Plazibat to run in and chip over Alijanda, making it 4-0 in the 36th minute.

But the Singapore International wa not done yet as he produced another assist for Nizam, delaying his run from a Home counter attack, to slot in a pass to his club and International teammate to place the ball into the bottom corner.

Faris did eventually seal his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time as he darted his shot from the 12-yard box for the Protectors to lead by six at the break.

Aidil’s side picked up exactly where they had left off after the restart and went further ahead when Adam blast in a finish from close range after teeing up with Faris’s cross, before DPMM

would cause a few moments of concern when Ramazotti broke through the Home’s defence with a simple finish to get their fightback underway.

On the other end, Song would restore Home’s seven goal cushion as his shot behind the box took a deflection off Ramazotti, finding its way into the net, before Faris rounded the goalkeeper to score his fourth of the night.

Just past the hour mark and both sides would make changes on their own. Steve Kean was desperate to bring in players to score at the front, while Aidil was keen on resting key players for their next AFC cup match in midweek.

DPMM substitute impact Shah Razen would put Kean’s faith in him to good effect as he ghosted into the box to punish Hassan in conceding his second, before his provider Adi slammed his free-kick from 20 yards to seal the final scoreline at 9-3.

Play continued to fluctuate from end to end as Irfan Fandi made a brilliant effort to track back and prevent Ramazotti from his second when the Brizilian chipped past the onrushing Hassan to see his effort clipped off the goal line by the young Singapore defender.

With this result, Home remain in second spot, two points behind Albirex who have a game in hand, while DPMM languish in eighth.

Brunei DPMM Head Coach Steve Kean: “I’m gutted for the players. We’ve worked hard for the past two weeks. We didn’t thought it was that easy scoring against us.

“But we didn’t deserve any point. We were very open and each time the ball went forward, we had our hearts in our mouth because we actually don’t have defenders and we’re struggling in defence.

“Sometime you have to rebuild a team and for the last three years, we’ve won most of our games but we’ve lost a couple of players and had to replace midfielders with defenders.

“It’s unfair to criticise our midfielders who had to draw back as defenders but we need to get in local defenders for help at the back this transfer.”

Home United: Hassan Sunny (GK, C), Irfan Fandi, Afiq Yunos, Juma’at Jantan (Luqman Bin Ismail 59’) , Hariss Harun, Song Uiyoung (Izzdin Shafiq 63’), Shamil Sharif, Adam Swandi, Faris Ramli, Khairul Nizam, Stipe Plazibat (Amiruldin Asraf 77’)

Brunei DPMM: Alijanda Sitom (GK), Zeljko Savic (Reduan Petara 40’), Azwan Saleh, Azwan Ali, Hendra Azam (Nurikhwan Othman 78’), Najib Tarif, Maududi Hilmi Kasmi, Rosmin Kamis (C), Aminuddin Zakwan, Rafael Ramazotti, Adi Said

Hard lessons for Brunei Futsal

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (26 May 2017) – The Brunei Under-20 Futsal team picked up some hard lessons this week in Bangkok when they lost all their matches in the AFC U20 Futsal Championship.
Placed in Group A, the Sultanate scored just eight goals as against conceding 41 to be placed at the bottom of the bracket.
They opened their campaign with a 14-1 loss to Afghanistan before conceding a 6-1 loss to Iraq, 10-0 to Thailand, 4-3 to Bahrain and then 7-3 to Malaysia.
“It was a good exposure,” said Brunei coach Qusmaini Noor Rusli.
“The players suffered a bit of a shock playing in an international environment during the first match.But they gradually gathered momentum and eased into playing casually, with better passes and control of the ball.
“The players dished out their best display during the match against Bahrain.”

13 May 2017


Written by: Phoon Jia Hui
Garena Young Lions notched their first point of the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League season after holding Brunei DPMM to a goalless draw at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night.
It was an end-to-end game with chances aplenty, but the two teams were ultimately let down by their profligacy in front of goal as they shared the spoils in an exciting affair.  
The hosts started the match brightly and could have opened the scoring after seven minutes but Muhaimin Suhaimi nodded narrowly wide off a Ryan Syaffiq cross.

Meanwhile, the Young Lions defence hardly allowed the DPMM attackers a sniff at goal and was marshalled well by the trio of captain Shahrin Saberin, Illyas Lee and Faizal Roslan - the latter two were making their first starts of the season.  
Young Lions goalkeeper Hairul Syirhan was called into action for the first time on 18 minutes as he made an unorthodox save with his legs to keep out Hendra Azam’s fierce shot.
Muhaimin controlled Rusyaidi Salime’s cross with his chest but fired tamely at DPMM custodian Wardun Yussof from six yards out.
After cutting in from the left, Syaffiq’s effort whistled just over the bar just after the half-hour mark before Rosmin Kamis’ cross was nearly deflected into goal by the head of Azwan in the 33rd minute.  

V Selvaraj’s charges should have gone ahead six minutes after the restart when Wardun flapped at Rusyaidi’s right-wing cross. The ball then fell kindly to left-back Syahrul Sazali who blasted over from close range.
Lee came to the rescue of the Young Lions in the 58th minute, as the defender raced back in time to clear off the line with a header after Azwan’s chip had beaten an onrushing Hairul.
Azwan came close again in the 66th minute when he powered a shot on goal which came off the bar after it took a deflection off the fingertips of Hairul.

A glut of goalscoring chances followed thereafter but none were able to find a way into the back of the net.
Young Lions substitute Haiqal Pashia capitalised on a defensive error to drag his shot wide in the 84th minute before an unmarked Azwan skied his effort at the far post off a corner two minutes later.
With just seconds remaining, Taufik Suparno could have become the hero for the Young Lions but the forward contrived to fire wide with only the keeper to beat.        
The result made no difference to the league standings, as the Wasps remain in eighth with four points while the Young Lions are one spot below. 

Brunei DPMM Head Coach Steve Kean: “The good thing for us today was that the result stopped a bad seqence although I’m disappointed we didn’t get the three points.”
“We shaded the game, especially in terms of chances. Azwan Ali had one (which came off the bar), Rosmin Kamis fired over while Rafael Ramazotti had two headers which were unlucky not to have gone in.
“But credit to the Young Lions, they were hard to break down with three centre-backs and two wing-backs who constantly pressed us.”
Garena Young Lions: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Shahrin Saberin (C), Ryan Syaffiq (Haiqal Pashia 83’), Syahrul Sazali (Dhukhilan Jeevamani 74’), Hami Syahin, Faizal Roslan, Ikhsan Fandi (Taufik Suparno 69’), Muhaimin Suhaimi, Rusyaidi Salime, Illyas Lee, Muhelmy Suhaimi
Brunei DPMM: Wardun Yussof (GK), Azwan Saleh, Azwan Ali Rahman, Hendra Azam (Nurikhwan Othman 60’), Billy Mehmet, Najib Tarif, Rosmin Kamis (C), Helmi Zambin, Rafael Ramazotti, Zeljko Savic, Yura Indera Putera  

27 April 2017


Brunei DPMM vs Tampines Rovers
(Friday, 28 April, 8.15pm, Bandar Seri Begawan)
Written by: Phoon Jia Hui
Brunei DPMM will be looking to return to winning ways in the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai when they host Tampines Rovers in Bandar Seri Begawan on Friday night.
After their 2-0 defeat to Geylang International the last time out, Steve Kean’s side - who sit second from bottom - have already lost five games and are making their worst start to any S.League season.
However, Kean believes that better days are coming and it is a matter of time before the Wasps bounce back.
“Some things are going against us at the moment and we are going through a tough spell at the moment,” he said of the 2015 S.League champions.
“It's not really falling for us but we just have to work through it.”
Reflecting on the loss to the Eagles, the former Blackburn Rovers manager added: “But we have to accept that the first goal’s poor and that's two mistakes that's cost us.
“We have to work on our basic defending. When the ball's there to be cleared, you clear it,”
Having conceded 14 goals so far, Kean admits that his side’s team defensive frailties are clear to see but has vowed to work on that.
“What we can do when defending the crosses is to first of all, you stop it from coming in,” said the Scot. “When it does come in, we must make sure we head it out of the red zone which is just on the edge the box.
“If you don’t do that, you run the risk of having to defend second phase - which means volleys or one-two. So defensive headers need to go out and beyond that danger area. This gives the other guys the chance to pick the ball up for us to break forward.”
Tampines on the other hand, come into this after a last-gasp 1-0 win over Garena Young Lions last Sunday.
It seemed like the two teams had to settle for a point each but forward Khairul Amri popped up with the winner deep into injury time to help the Stags keep pace with leaders Albirex Niigata (S).
Raab will however be without the services of his talismanic forward who, along with midfielder Son Yong Chan, will be suspended for this one.
Despite their unavailability, the German is confident that the rest of his players can step up and deliver.
“If Amri is not in the team, we have to look at what we can do,” said Raab.
“We will find a solution, something the team has shown (that they can do) in the past. We've had so many problems with injuries but we have always found a solution.
“But we have managed to close the gap to the top teams, and that's the most important thing.”
Suspensions: Son Yong Chan and Khairul Amri (Tampines Rovers)


23 April 2017

MS PDB edge Lun Bawang 2-0 in league opener

|     Fadhil Yunus     |
MS PDB left it late to seal a morale-boosting 2-0 victory against Lun Bawang in the Brunei DST Super League at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.
MS PDB’s Hafiz Haji Awang Ahmad’s stunner and a sublime Jasriman bin Haji Johari’s free-kick in the final ten minutes sent all three points to the police personnel.
With the game threatening to end in a stalemate, Lun Bawang’s Delson bin Jumat outmuscled the MS PDB defence but could not quite guide his shot into the bottom corner.
Hafiz’s wonderful effort flew from outside the box and into the back of the net to give the police side a well-deserved lead who have dominated large periods of the second half.
MS PDB’s veteran Jasriman came on a substitute and curled a stunning free-kick leaving the Lun Bawang goalkeeper absolutely no chance.
However, there was drama in the end after a Lun Bawang player’s header crashed against the crossbar before Yunus bin Lupat scuffed his shot wide deep into stoppage time.
MS PDB head coach Staff Sgt Sahrin Mohamad Jaya said that only three points mattered during their opening game of the season.
“We only target three points for our first game in the Brunei DST Super League. We’re not concerned with how many goals we’ve scored as long as we end the match with all three points,” Sahrin told the Sunday Bulletin.
The police personnel boast a new look side following a major overhaul with three to four players retained from the previous season.

Kean bemoans gifted goals in setback

|      Fadhil Yunus       |
DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean has indicated that his charges gifted goals to Geylang International FC during their 2-0 defeat in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S League at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore on Thursday night.
The hosts netted a 13th minute goal soon after a DPMM FC player received a touch from a hopeful cross made by a Geylang player on the touchline which enabled Shahfiq Ghani to slam home the ball into the back of the net.
“I thought we gave away the two goals. To be honest, the first goal from the touchline was too easy and the second, the defender (Yura) should learn that he has to clear at first opportunity,” Kean told the S League.
The head coach insisted that it is back to the drawing board for his charges as a tantalising tie against fierce rivals Tampines Rovers FC awaits at the end of the month.
“I felt certain parts of the game we gave away Geylang too much time on the ball and we should do better (in that aspect).
“We have to adapt our tactics according to the opposition but now it’s back home and back to hard work,” the head coach further added.
Meanwhile, Kean’s opposite number Hasrin Jailani was pleased with his side’s performance.
“Everyone did well today, we more or less controlled the game today and did very well defensively,” said Hasrin in a post-match interview.
He was happy with his side succeeding in stopping the advances of the striking duo of Billy Mehmet and Rafael Ramazotti but still exercised caution on allowing opposition to roam freely on the flanks.
“We knew they have two tall strikers and we managed to close them down, but at the same time we could not afford to let their players go down the flanks,” added Hasrin.
The head coach felt that the win provided a massive boost in lifting their confidence concluding that there is a “long way to go” with two more games to be completed before the conclusion of the first round in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S League.


Kuala Lumpur: Some 45 Member Associations from across Asia learned their opponents for the upcoming AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers on Friday following the official draw at AFC House.
Defending champions Iraq, have been grouped with India, Palestine and Nepal who will host the qualifiers in Group D, while the Islamic Republic of Iran - last year’s runners-up - are scheduled to meet Kyrgyz Republic, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Bhutan in Group C.
Elsewhere, two-time champions and 2016 semi-finalists DPR Korea, will face Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Macau and Brunei Darussalam in Group F, with Japan, who also reached last year’s semi-finals drawn in Group J, along with Singapore, Malaysia and Guam.
The ten (10) group winners and five (5) best second-placed teams will advance to the final stage of the tournament, along with the host Member Association. The AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers are set to take place from September 16 to 24, 2017.
Group F:

1. DPR Korea
2. Hong Kong
3. Chinese Taipei
4. Macau
5. Brunei Darussalam



Kuala Lumpur: Forty-three Asian hopefuls now know their qualifying opponents following Friday's draw at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.
2016 champions, Japan, having finally claimed the crown after six previous appearances in the final, will face Thailand, Singapore and Mongolia, who are scheduled to host the Group I qualifiers.
Saudi Arabia, runners-up at the 2016 edition will welcome Yemen, Turkmenistan and India in Group D, while 2016 semi-finalists and Group E hosts, the Islamic Republic of Iran, will meet Palestine, Jordan and Syria.
Meanwhile, Korea Republic, who have won the competition twelve times, will play host to a five-team Group F which also features Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia.
Ten (10) group winners and five (5) best second-placed teams will advance to finals along with the host country. The AFC U-19 Championship qualifying stage is scheduled to take place from October 31 to November 8, 2017.
Group F:

1. Korea Republic (Host for qualifiers)
2. Malaysia
3. Timor-Leste
4. Brunei Darussalam
5. Indonesia


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.