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.
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.
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.
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.