21 October 2012

Keep focus, DPMM FC team told

Sunday, October 21, 2012
DPMM FC's head coach Vjeran Simunic urges his players to stay focussed when they face Woodlands Wellington FC tonight at 7.45 pm at the Woodlands Stadium in Singapore.

"We are now only concentrating on the game against Woodlands, I have a respect for Woodlands even though they are now in a bad position in the league, DPMM FC still cannot take them lightly. As we all know there were many surprise results in the past and we cannot judge the team by their position in the league. So I need them to be fully focused tomorrow," said Simunic in an interview with The Brunei Times on Friday.

The Croatian also demands his players to take each game individually as they enter the final three games of the Singapore League (S-League) this season. DPMM FC will face Hougang United FC on Wednesday and Balestier Khalsa FC on November 2.

"We targeted to finish at top 5 in the S-League this year and I am already happy that we managed to do that.

"If we are to finish second this year it is still an achievement for us after three years of no professional football and moreover we have won one title this year, the Singapore League Cup. However, Harimau Muda is not an easy opponent for the Tampines, if we manage to win and Tampines drop points we still can win the league," Simunic added.

Mathematically it is still possible for the DPMM FC to steal the S-League title away from titleholders Tampines Rover FC, but they have to win all their three matches and hope that Harimau Muda will be able to at least hold Tampines Rover FC to a draw.

Tampines Rover FC defeated SAF FC 3-2 on Friday at the Jalan Besar Stadium to cement their place at the top of the league.

The last time both teams met in the league saw DPMM FC defeated Woodlands Wellington FC 3-0 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on April 27.

DPMM FC will be without their key central defender Tales Ricarte dos Santos for the rest of their S-League campaign after suffering a knee injury.

"That is one problem for me, he is our key defender and he will be out for the rest of the season. He needs an operation for his right knee.

"After the game against Home United, he totally cannot play anymore," Simunic continued.

"But luckily, we had a long break, it was a nice break and we recovered Pg Salehuddin Pg Damit from injury. He is ready now and will replace Santos in defence for the rest of the season," added Simunic.

The Brazilian centre-back will be flying back home to Brazil to get a treatment.

"I got this injury after the Harimau Muda game. When we played against Home United FC, I was not 100 per cent (fit). Then I went to check for MRI and they said I got problem with my right knee," Santos said.

"I will go back to Brazil, hopefully next week, to get treatment there. I will only be back in February next year so I will miss the remaining matches in S-League." he added. The Brunei Times

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