05 January 2010

Shahrazen happy to stay put

SHAHRAZEN MD SAID is always ready to put his scoring boots back on, provided the ban passed by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) on the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (Bafa) is lifted.

DPMM FC have been offered an opportunity to compete in the upcoming season of the Singapore League (S-League) by Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

The new S-League season starts next month.

Pg Hj Muhd Waslimin PSJ Pg Hj Abd Momin, the DPMM FC manager, told The Brunei Times on Saturday that the Brunei side had received an offer to compete in the S-League in the upcoming season.

"The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has offered us another chance of playing in the Singapore League (S-League) in the upcoming season," he had said.

However, the invite depends on whether the authorities can reinstate Bafa by the Jan 7 (Thursday) deadline set by the FAS.

Shahrazen, DPMM FC's top scorer in their debut season in the S-League with nine goals, admitted that the chance for Bafa to be reinstated in time looked very bleak.

"We have been training hard for the past two weeks but it looks like today (Monday) could be the last training session we'll have.

"We will have to wait till Thursday to know the outcome, but the chance (of us playing in the S-League) is slim as the issue isn't resolved yet." said Shahrazen.

DPMM FC were dropped from the S-League due to a global suspension by Fifa on Bafa, which meant that all Brunei clubs and teams could no longer play international football.

Since then, Shahrazen had called time off on football despite receiving several offers from various clubs local and abroad.

"I have had lots of offers from interested clubs, recently from Balestier Khalsa FC of Singapore."

Balestier are one of the clubs that are going to compete in the 2010/11 S-League season.

"But I feel like I'm not ready to respond to them. There are lots of things that I have to think about like work and especially family.

"I have also yet to sort out the minor details like accommodation. These are things to consider before moving overseas," he added.

If things fail to work out, either with DPMM FC or other foreign clubs, he might play in the DSTGroup Brunei Premier League I (BPL I) for his old side, AH United.

"If the issue isn't resolved, I'll probably play for my old club AH United, even though I have had offers from other BPL I teams."

Though the player has taken time off from professional football, he has not completely dropped off the football grid.

"I have been making myself busy playing in some futsal tournaments and some friendlies."

Asked who his idols are in football, Shahrazen said: "I have always been a Manchester United fan. It has changed with time; it used to be David Beckham, then Cristiano Ronaldo and currently it's Wayne Rooney."

If Shahrazen continues to play and develop, he could be Brunei's own Rooney.

He won Bruneians' hearts when he finished the 2006/2007 Malaysian Super League (MSL) season as the top scorer, tied with Perak's Keita Mandjou on 21 goals.

The striker believed that was one of the best moments in his professional career besides winning the Singapore League Cup in June last year.

The Brunei Times

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