DPMM FC head coach Rene Weber heaped praise on hat-trick hero Abdul Azizi Rahman during the 3-1 victory over Hougang United in the Singapore Premier League at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium recently.
“Azizi is a good player. I think he should have been here earlier than this season. He has speed, he has good aerial ability and he has a good fighting spirit,” said Weber during a post-match interview.
“At Jalan Besar Stadium (in Singapore), he did well and Azizi deserved to score. He is a good guy, train every day and keep his level of training very high,” he added.
The head coach has seen a recurring theme of missed opportunities which prevented his team climbing high up the table.
“The main point is today we created a lot of chances. I count that in the first half we had six chances to score but anyway, we scored three.
“I am happy with the three points but I am not happy with how we lost chances. In the last five games, we lost at least 12 chances to score.
The Brazilian admitted that his charges, who are now five points adrift of second-placed Tampines Rovers and Home United, could have been in a better position in the table had they converted their chances.
But the coach expressed his satisfaction of returning to winning ways as they look to close the gap on their rivals.
“We are happy to be coming back with a victory and I hope we can beat Warriors in the RHB Singapore Cup. It is our target now to be second or third. We fight for that,” said the former Atletico Mineiro assistant manager.
Asked how he rates his team’s chances of snatching second place in the final stretch of the league, “If you look in the table, you have one opponent which is direct in the chase, Tampines Rovers. That can be the game to decide our position.
“We must win against Tampines and Young Lions at home and away against Warriors and Balestier Khalsa.
“We lost some points because we could not score. But we create chances. All coaches around the world are unhappy when the team do not create,” he added.
The Gegar Gegar men will be engaged in cup duties against Warriors in a first-leg tie on Thursday and will only be returning to league action on September 15 against their cup opponents.