21 February 2013

DPMM FC intend to hit the ground running

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
DPMM FC are eager to get their Singapore League (S-League) campaign off the ground.

Last season's runners-up face Home United at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore tomorrow, and the team confirmed all their players during a signing ceremony for their 19 local players at the Riverview Hotel yesterday,

More importantly, though, the chemistry between the local boys and the new imports Croatian forward Ivan Bosnjak, Portuguese striker Joao Vitor Rocha De Carvalho Moreira, Guadeloupean midfielder Stephane Auvray, Brazilian centre-back Tales Ricarte dos Santos and Croatian defender Dino Drpic will be crucial to determine how successful they will be this season.

Captain Rosmin Hj Md Kamis feels that training has been going well but believes more time is needed for the team to play to its full potential.

Rosmin also felt that there may be more pressure on the team to perform this season, especially after finishing as runners-up last season.

"Everything is smooth at training, but of course things will be different once we get on the pitch for competitive games," said the midfielder in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"I think we have improved from the past season but we will see how things go in our first game.

"So far there is good flow in our game together with the imports, but there is still plenty of work to be done.

"I think there is a bit more pressure on us because we finished second last season, but what is important is that we take it one game at a time," added the captain.

Shahrazen Said, who was the club's top scorer last season with 14 goals to his name, will probably be partnering younger brother Adi a little less this season now that Bosnjak and Moreira are around.

"I think we are at 90 per cent but everything can only be seen once we get on the field for the first game," said Shahrazen.

"We are learning to adapt quickly playing together with the imports. We are ready and we are eager to face Home.

"Hopefully we can work well together as one, but as of now we are not there yet. There is still a bit of individuality going on.

"The team is better than last season though. I hope these new imports can come through because they will be a confidence booster should they add some goals... But at the end what is important is the win.

"We want to be champions but we know it isn't easy," continued Shahrazen, who joined the team in 2005.

Left-back Sairol Hj Sahari will miss the first match of the season after picking up a red card in the last match of the season against Balestier Khalsa FC.

He will play alongside Tales and Drpic who both are over six feet tall once he gets back from the suspension.

Veteran defender Pg Sallehudin Pg Hj Damit is expected to take Sairol's place tomorrow, though Tales' ongoing battle to recover from a knee injury he picked up at the end of last season means he will play no part in tomorrow's tie.

"It is an honour for me to play alongside two experienced players in Santos and Dino," said Sairol.

"I think we have a physical advantage to get to the high ball with their height.

"We are ready for the S-League and the first game is very important.

"Winning would be a big morale-booster," he added.

Goalkeeper Wardun Yussof feels that the team is ready to pounce, but only time will tell how well they will do.

"I think we are a stronger team than last season after watching the imports play. We even have a former World Cup player (Bosnjak) but the chemistry is not fully there yet," said Wardun. "We still need to work on blending together and we need time."The Brunei Times 

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