12 January 2013

DPMM FC in top form for S-League kick off

, January 10, 2013
DPMM FC are in fine form ahead of the upcoming Singapore League (S-League) set to kick off next month.

Brunei's only professional football team are back to full training with the return of head coach Vjeran Simunic on Monday.

They had their first session with the Croatian on Tuesday at their training grounds at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.

The regular local players are in good shape and are looking ahead to have a successful season.

Their top priority is to better their finish in last year's edition of the competition where they were runners-up last season.

"We hope to be fully prepared and be up to the level that we want. After our outing at Aceh, there is still quite some work to be done," said Rosmin Hj Md Kamis, the captain of DPMM FC, in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"The local players have been together for a while now so we have to work on playing alongside the imports," he added.

"It will be competitive and Singapore teams with naturalised players may have an advantage. We are looking forward to the challenge though and we are also looking at the possibilities of learning new things from our new import players as well," continued Rosmin.

Striker Shahrazen Said is hoping that he would be able to keep up his form after finishing as the team's topscorer in the S-League with 13 goals to his name.

"We had light training with assistant coach (Norilham Hj Jais) before coach arrived. We need to maintain our fitness and we did our usual runs under the assistant coach," said Shahrazen.

"I hope that I will be able to maintain my scoring form. But the ultimate aim for us this season is to be able to win the S-League. We were close last season and I hope that we will be able to gel quickly with the new imports as well," he added.

Leftback Sairol Hj Sahari feels that they are ready for the challenge and is looking ahead to improving ahead of the competition.

"It has been so far so good in training ever since returning from Aceh. We took a break until the new year but we weren't exactly relaxing as we know that we need to keep our fitness even without the presence of coach," said Sairol.

"Now that coach is back we are looking at our usual training and we even managed to have a friendly game against Jerudong yesterday (Tuesday)," he added.

Asked on his expectations for this year, the 29-year-old replied: "I hope that we can do better than last season. We are required to maintain our performance but it is going to be tough especially with each team now allowed to have five imports.

"Some of the Singapore teams have got naturalised players which makes them even stronger. None of them will take anything lightly," he added.

DPMM FC recently competed in the Governor Aceh Trophy in Indonesia just last month and finished in fourth place despite failing to notch a single win.

One more slot is left to be decided as the team have confirmed four imports so far with the signings of Croatian defender Dino Drpic, Portuguese striker Joao Vitor Rocha De Carvalho Moreira, Guadeloupean midfielder Stephane Auvray and Brazilian defender Tales Ricarte dos Santos.

The Brunei Times

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