21 January 2016

Rafa, Paulo eager to reunite

Friday, January 22, 2016

DPMM FC forwards Rafael Ramazotti and Paulo Sergio are looking forward to joining forces once again for the upcoming Singapore League (S-League) season.

The duo, who scored a total of 34 goals between them last campaign, are the first two imports to arrive back in the sultanate for pre-season training with Northern Irish defender Brian McLean yet to arrive.

Ramazotti, who finished as the league’s topscorer with 21 goals, is looking forward to another good season with the defending champions.

“I need to play with this guy (Sergio) in every club and country. We need to play together because we can help each other and it is good,” said Ramazotti in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday after a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.

“It is good we finished last year with a good season. Now we will see what happens and we hope to get the same feeling again,” he added.

“I don’t have a target for goals but the first objective is to win the league again and support my club. Sure if I score, I can help, but most important is what we can achieve as a group,” continued Ramazotti.

The 1.93m Brazilian striker also went on to thank everybody for supporting the club, especially in their final league game which saw them beat Balestier Khalsa FC 4-0 to lift the trophy for their first time at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on Nov 27.

Sergio praised Ramazotti for his qualities but also felt that it is a pity that the import quota has been reduced from five to three this season.

“It is amazing to play with this guy. He has a lot of quality and I’m looking forward to having another good partnership with him this season,” said Sergio, who produced 17 assists last season.

“He is tall, strong and is good with the ball. It is a pleasure for me to play with him again,” he added.

“The other import players Joe (Gamble) and Boris (Raspudic) helped a lot in getting the win.

“If they stayed with us, it would be a lot better - but we will keep working and condition ourselves entering the league,” continued the Portuguese forward.
When asked on the target to defend the league title, Sergio replied: “This season, for sure it will be very hard for us to defend the title as other teams have made many transfers to strengthen their squad.

“This league is strong but we are here with this motivation in our mind that we want to be champions again,” he concluded.

DPMM FC will kick off their campaign against Singapore Cup winners Albirex Niigata (S) FC in the Community Shield on Feb 13 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

They will then face off against Geylang International FC at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore six days later.

The Brunei side will play their first home game at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas against Warriors FC on Feb 27.

The Brunei Times

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