29 March 2018

Singapore Drawn with Laos and Cambodia for Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy

SINGAPORE, 27 MARCH 2018: Singapore has been drawn in Group B for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youth Football Tournament, and will face Laos and Cambodia in the group stage which will take place from 23 April to 30 April 2018.
Head Coach Fandi Ahmad will be leading an Under-21 squad for the tournament.
He said: “Every match we play now will be crucial in our preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, and this tournament will aid me in evaluating the players’ individual performances. The squad I called up to face the Indonesia Under-23 National Team comprised 15 players who can play in this U21 tournament, and I will be keeping a lookout for more promising youth players as the Singapore Premier League season kicks off. We will be doing our best and going all out for a win in the tournament.” 
Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy Group Stage
25 April 2018
8.15pmLaos vs SingaporeHassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
30 April 2018
8.15pmSingapore vs CambodiaTrack & Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex
Group A will see Timor Leste, Myanmar, Brunei Darussalam and Thailand competing to reach the semi-finals which will be played on 2 May 2018. The final will be played on 5 May 2018.

$122,600 sponsored for Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |
A HANDING over ceremony of the sponsorships for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for the Asean Youth Football Championship 2018 was held yesterday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. The sponsorship amounted to $122,600 from 77 sponsors.
Co-Chairman of the Sponsorship and Advertising Committee of the tournament, Pengiran Haji Manshor bin Pengiran Haji Jaya in his welcoming remarks explained that the tournament was significant in upholding the country’s name internationally and regionally.
He also thanked the sponsors for making the tournament a success.
Receiving the sponsorships was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin who later handed them over to Pengiran Haji Manshor.

26 March 2018

Friendly : Sabah FA 5-0 Brunei U21

Sabah FA from Malaysia won 5-0 against Brunei U21 in a friendly today,

DPMM FC wraps up Bangkok tour with 2-1 win

by Fadhil Yunus     

DPMM FC completed their tour of Bangkok with two wins in three matches after a 2-1 against Kasetsart FC at the ToT Stadium in Chaeng Watthana yesterday.
DPMM forward Adi Said grabbed the opening goal of the game before Volodymyr Pryyomov notched his third goal in three matches to double his side’s lead.
Kasetsart pulled one back but the Brunei-based outfit held on for the win.
The ‘Gegar Gegar’ men won their first match 2-0 against Air Force Central FC before falling to a 2-0 defeat to Thai Honda FC.
However, they ended the tour on a positive note as they advanced their preparations ahead of their Singapore Premier League opener against Home United FC on April 7.
The defensive department will be of high agenda as Yura Indera Putera and Abdul Aziz Tamit both started to be firmly in newly-appointed head coach Rene Weber’s plans for a starting berth.
The head coach put out a strong line-up with the new attacking quartet of Mojtaba Esmaielzadeh, Azwan Ali, Volodymyr and Adi Said given a nod.
DPMM FC stand-in captain Azwan Salleh and Helmi Zambin also returned to the starting line-up.


DST FA Cup set for new champion as MS PDB stun MS ABDB in semi

by Fadhil Yunus   

MS PDB reached their first-ever DST FA Cup final and ended a run of a fourth straight final appearance for MS ABDB after knocking them through penalties 6-5. The score had ended 1-1 in normal time at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.
The police personnel made history as their progress ensured that MS ABDB, record winners in the competition, failed to contest the final for the first time since the inception of the DST FA Cup in 2012.
Awangku Md Safri bin Pengiran Haji Othman opened the scoring in the 58th minute for the DST Super League winners but MS PDB substitute Abang Azim bin Abdul Rashid’s moment of brilliance took the game to extra time.
The army personnel hit the woodwork twice in a space of few seconds in the second period of extra time.
MS ABDB had the chance to win the uniformed derby from the spot-kick but Haji Md Yusof Haji Matyassin skied his effort wide to allow the police side back into contention.
MS PDB goalkeeper Abd Hafiz bin Haji Awang Ahmad was the hero after saving the decisive spot-kick as scenes of joy erupted.
This will be the first time that a new winner in the DST FA Cup will be crowned and the first time since the 2005/06 season when AH United won the cup after MS PDB dethroned their fierce rivals.

MS PDB deputy coach Mohd Danial Haris hailed his excellent charges in what was a momentous occasion in their history.

05 March 2018

Weber satisfied with players’ progress in pre-season training

by Fadhil Yunus   

DPMM FC head coach Rene Weber has expressed contentment on the progress of his players in pre-season training ahead of the upcoming S League which officially starts at the end of this month in Singapore.
The Gegar-Gegar men will host Home United in their opening fixture of the season on April 7 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium with their opponents currently sitting joint top of Group F in the AFC Cup.
The Protectors enjoyed a narrow 1-0 win over Myanmar’s Shan United and held group favourites Ceres Negros to a creditable 1-1 draw in the continental competition.
DPMM FC will then face reigning holders Albirex Niigata (S) at the Jurong East Stadium on April 14.
Weber noted the progress of the new-look squad since taking over the reins in January and shared that the individual players are armed with good qualities in his short time there.
“We have good players with good qualities. We’re preparing our league in Singapore on April 7 where we start at home against Home United so we must start in a good way,” Weber said in an interview with the Sunday Bulletin after their win in a football friendly against the Brunei HBT team at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.
The Brunei-based outfit, who also kept a clean sheet in their friendly against MS ABDB, will no doubt be facing a much sterner test during their training tour to Bangkok on March 19.
The club will be kicking off their tour against Thai League 1 outfit Air Force Central at the Thupatemi Stadium in Rangsit on March 20 before meeting Thai League 2 teams Thai Honda FC at 72nd Anniversary Stadium on March 22 and Kasetsart FC at TOT Stadium in Chaeng Watthana on March 24.
Air Force Central, who are still searching for their first win after three games, were promoted to Thailand’s top flight last season while Thai Honda previously competed in the top tier last season but suffered relegation.
“We must be preparing on a high level to reach our target but I am happy here. The club is good and we have good conditions to work. The players are doing what we asked them to do and I hope we can have a good season,” the coach asserted.
Asked about the style of football that he like his side to play, he highlighted that the duties must be shared between attack and defence.
“We must defend well and attack well. I don’t want to play just to defend or just to attack,” said Weber. “We must do both things. We must attack with good organi-sation but when we lose the ball, it is very important to come back and help and apply good pressure to the opponent.”
The coach has already been made aware of strong teams such as their first two opponents and added that they must improve their pressing and defending well.
“That’s why you work in both ways which is to defend and to attack. I think in football it is not just one way and also have ball play. When you lose the ball, there must be pressing.”
The head coach was also informed of the impending arrival of centre back Brian McLean who was an important player when he represented the club three years ago.
“Brian knows the club and the way how to play here, how is the competition,” he said.
With the experienced Northern Ireland defender almost inevitable to be selected as an automatic choice at centre back, the main question is who will be his pairing.
“I am looking now and we are in the beginning. I am choosing who will play besides him.”
The Brazilian sounded potential candidates Abdul Aziz Tamit, Yura Indera Putera, Reduan Petara and Hanif Hamir to partner alongside McLean.
He emphasised that the import players must help the team and added that they can help the side.
The head coach hoped to bring healthy competition in all the positions to the squad, adding that players who perform well will be rewarded with playing time.