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The elusive title now belongs to DPMM FC

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Lightning only struck twice 

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, The Deputy Sultan (right) receiving the S•League trophy from Rosmin Kamis, captain of DPMM FC last night at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah with other members of the Royal Family and DPMM FC team and senior officials with the S•League title

The Crown Prince celebrating the winning victory by DPMM FC

DPMM FC needed three seasons to learn their lesson from not choking in the finale of the S•League championship and what a wonderful way to win the championship on home soil. Twice they were close but lost the grip of the title and many wondered if the jinx could be broken. This was the only title that they are really hungry for and they repaid their fans with a sublime finale at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last night.

The title was fought between DPMM FC and Tampines Rovers FC with both having crucial games at their respective home ground. The advantage was on DPMM FC side as they were hosting Balestier Khalsa, a team they failed to beat during the season twice (home and away). Hence the final game was a do-or-die match for the host and it was their title to lose, having the upper hand against their closest rival.

When looking into season, it was a wise decision to let go Tosi Rodrigo and Roberto Alvez, both who have been instrumental in DPMM FC’s good run to the S•League campaign for the past few years but they weren’t the missing puzzle. Having already established great rapport with their local fans, it was a decision (of letting them go) that wasn’t favoured by fans. To make it more interesting, Tampines Rovers FC signed the released players from DPMM FC. It would have been a tough act to swallow should Tampines Rovers FC won the title with the help of former DPMM FC players. But it wasn’t to be. It was Steve Kean’s time to shine. And surely he did with the right signings.

In came the likes of Paulo Sergio, Rafael Ramazotti and Stuart McLean, signed by Steve Kean and in him, we trust that DPMM FC have found the missing puzzle to the title equation. The former Blackburn Rovers manager won his first competitive league title (S•League) and it was a title not only for DPMM FC but for the fans who have been showing up and watching DPMM FC playing year after year.


DPMM FC celebrate their success

DPMM FC players thanking the 12th
man – the fans

What a joy for the players to have reached this far

My friend Rahman couldn’t believe it that DPMM FC have finally won

Adi Said embracing his team mate after the final whistle

The bench was already sporting the t-shirts in the final minutes of the game

The mexican wave

There are a few key factors why DPMM FC have been consistent throughout this season. It was a tale sign when Craig Fagan of DPMM FC was sidelined for the season and DPMM FC had to scout for a replacement and in came, Paulo Sergio from Portugal. He settled in and gelled with the team in a short span of time and his partnership with Rafael was superb. That’s one of the reasons why DPMM FC had the most team goals in the S•League with Rafael taking the honours of being top goal scorer in the league.

Another factor is the growth of Azwan Ali as a player. This is probably his best season to date. He showed much confidence on the pitch and feared no opponent with his mazy runs at any position. As he had shown last night, he caused a lot of problems for Tampines Rovers and unfortunate not have scored on a couple of occasions. He had a minor disciplinary problem in the middle of the season and he grew from that and focused on his game. Definitely one of the stars for DPMM FC this season.

The final factor from my point of view is the depth of the squad. Steve Kean may find this a solution or even causing some minor headaches when it comes to selection process. In the end, it all paid off. The rotation policy worked and everyone was chipping in their efforts. Rosmin “Bobby” Kamis, the captain talisman for DPMM FC, had a lot of bench time in the beginning of the season and eventually won his place back in the starting line-up. Kudos to Steve Kean in managing the mood in the dressing room to keep the players motivated and with a single intention of winning trophies.

I won’t talk so much about the match last night but I want to single out one player and that is Paulo Sergio. He gave a different dimension to DPMM FC and it was pretty hard to mark him as well. His first goal may have been a fluke but the other two goals showed that he is also sharp in the box. He could have scored more than just a hat trick but that would be asking too much of a player who has contributed so much in the match alone. He was even generous, gifting a goal to Rafael late in the game to make it 4-0. I was worried when he was touching his calf earlier in the first half but he lasted the whole game with his match winning performance.

Another notable mention is Wardun Yussof in goal. He has always aimed for a clean sheet in every match. Even though the team is winning by a big margin, a clean sheet is his main aim. Last night, when the defenders failed to contain the Balistier’s strikers, Wardun was up to the task. He thwarted at least a few goal bound attempts to relieve of the fans. I’m pretty sure there’s a few years left in him. What a solid display from him in goals!!

All in all, a wonderful season to cap off for DPMM FC and well done to the management of DPMM FC who have worked tremendously well throughout the campaign.


Paul Sergio was spectacular last night. I hope he stays for a few good season for DPMM FC.

Fans going crazy during the goal celebration

Around 23,000 fans showed up last night. Amazing!!

A dejected defender after Rafa scored the 4th goal late in the game

Sairol hugging his team mate Azwan during the substitution late in the game

It’s the wrong trophy but yeah, that’s the spirit from a DPMM FC fan

DPMM FC doing the country proud



Blue is the warmest colour

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Congratulations SGRA 

This morning we witnessed a young team, SGRA, who were crowned the champion of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015 and they were rewarded with a winning prize of BND 25,000. The team was led by Ghazi Jo and the mock cheque was presented by Acting CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board, Hajah Hasnah Hj Ibrahim. More stories tomorrow on blog.



Free Entry 


Can DPMM FC clinch their maiden S•League title this weekend? Image courtesy of S•League Facebook Page.
This is it!! It’s down to the wire… DPMM FC has another chance and in the driving seat to win the S•League for the first time ever.. Yes, first time ever.. The final game will take place this Saturday evening 21st November at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. They will take on Balestier Khalsa the team that have defeated DPMM FC twice this season with a 2-1 score line. It will be the toughest and also the most crucial game for DPMM FC. It’s a must win.. Simple as that..

The other team in the race for the title is Tampines Rover FC. They will face Harimau Muda in the final day of the season too. DPMM FC can still clinch the title if the host draw with Balestier and Tampines only win by a single goal. But of course, a win is much better.

T-shirts will be handed out to spectators on a first come first serve basis, and there are also 25 lucky draw prizes up for grabs including three return tickets – with the destination yet to be determined – sponsored by Royal Brunei (RB). Furthermore there will be NO ENTRY FEE for the final match between DPMM FC and Balestier Khalsa FC. Good news to all DPMM FC players.

Good luck and I shall be covering the match this Saturday too.



The Sexy Audi TT 

Look at the new Audi TTS. Sleeker and powerful. I love everything about this car.

I took the Audi TTS for a good spin yesterday

My experience: Pretty awesome!!! The closest thing I drove as a sports boutique car. It felt pretty low and it was pretty stable when I took it for a test drive. I had the privilege to drive the beautiful blue Audi TTS edition, courtesy of T.C.Y. Motors yesterday.

What impressed me is the Audi Virtual Cockpit. This is something new introduced in Audi models and now you don’t need a digital dashboard as everything appears behind the steering wheel. The 12.3 inch display monitor is enough to give enough information to the driver and you can even switch modes by clicking the menu on the steering wheel. I haven’t really explore the Audi Virtual Cockpit but looks impressive so far.

I remember seeing the first edition of the Audi TT a couple of years ago. Yes, it did look sexy back then but now the latest design and body give a sexier feel and I love the sporty kit on the Audi TTS edition. For the TTS model, you will also enjoy the sound system of Bang & Olufsen. I’m still bummed that I wasn’t able to make it to Denmark for the Bang & Olufsen’s event back in October.

If you want to check out the Audi TTS version, head over to T.C.Y. Motors during office hours. It’s the best Audi TT model among the lot with 310 horsepower output with a new generation of quattro all-drive system (4 wheel drive). I hope to get another test drive again 😀 (Thanks, John).


Handling is superb even in corners

The interior of the Audi TTS

The Audi Virtual Cockpit is innovative


The blind spot light alerts off incoming cars from the side

A modern classic, redesigned and reborn: The third generation of the iconic Audi TT arrived on the global market in 2014, and it continues to fascinate with the driving dynamics of a sports car. It’s operating concept centered around its digital cockpit sets new standards of excellence.

Design and body
Audi designers reinterpreted the lines of the original 1998 TT and added dynamic facets to the design. Audi offers headlights with LED technology or Matrix LED technology. Dynamic turn signals are another feature of the lighting system. The headlights are designed with a pattern of divider bars that emit the daytime driving lights. The tail lights also contain continually illuminated bars of light.

The body of the TT represents a new evolutionary stage of the Audi Space Frame (ASF). The occupant cell plus all the components of the outer shell and attached parts are made of aluminium. The TT 2.0 TFSI with 6-speed S tronic transmission sets the new benchmark for low weight at just 1,260 kg (without driver). With the S line exterior package, it attains a low Cd figure of 0.29.

Drive system
Audi Brunei is offering the new generation TT with the 2.0 TFSI with 169 kW (230 hp) and 370 Nm (272.9 lb‑ft) of torque paired with a six-speed S tronic and a new evolutionary stage of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system (for the TTS).

Clutch management is incorporated into the 5-mode Audi drive select. This system lets the driver control the operation of key technology modules in a variety of different modes. These modules include the adaptive damper control system Audi magnetic ride (optional).

Other chassis highlights include progressive steering, four-link rear suspension and electronic stabilization control (ESC). ESC functions include torque vectoring, which is activated in fast cornering – it optimizes handling as necessary by means of very slight brake interventions on the unloaded wheels at the inside of a curve.

Interior and controls
The interior of the new Audi TT has light, sporty styling. Viewed from above, the instrument panel resembles an airplane wing. The round air vents, a classic feature of the TT, incorporate all of the controls for the air conditioning system. The newly developed lightweight sport seats are mounted low. The luggage compartment of the 2+2 seater has a capacity of 305 to 712 litres (10.8 to 25.1 cu ft).

In the user interface concept, which is entirely focused on the driver, the Audi Virtual Cockpit replaces both the analog instrument cluster and the MMI monitor. The driver can toggle the 12.3-inch display between two different viewing modes. In the classic view, the speedometer and tachometer take center stage. In Infotainment mode, more space is given.

The physical buttons of the MMI monitor have been limited to six in number. The top-of-the-range version also incorporates the MMI smart touchwheel – the round rotary touchpad in the top of the rotary/push-button control. The menu structure was inspired by a smartphone and includes a free-text MMI search function. The voice control system understands a large number of expressions from everyday speech.

Assistance systems and infotainment
The line-up of driver assistance systems for the new TT extends from Audi Side Assist to Parking Aid with display of the surroundings and a rear-view camera (for the TTS).

The Bang & Olufsen Sound System (for the TTS) utilizes a newly developed algorithm to reproduce audio signals with an even greater sense of space and precision.

The new Audi TT won the top overall award in the “Connected Car 2014” poll conducted among readers of Auto Bild and Computer Bild magazines.

Audi Brunei will offer the new TT in 3 variants: the base model with 18” wheels, an S line version and the top of the range TTS with 310 bhp output, new generation of the quattro® permanent all-wheel drive system with Audi TT-specific configuration and exclusive 19” wheels.






The Audi TT S Line model

The Audi TT base model



90 minutes away

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


One more game


Highlights of DPMM FC taking on Warriors FC last night


As Rosmin Kamis always state on his social media status, impossible is nothing. One more game, lads. Image courtesy of Ismail Sulaiman of S•League.

Just one more game. I haven’t been covering any DPMM FC matches since the beginning of the season but only posted some results and pictures during the season. But I have been keeping track with their progress and for the first time in many years, DPMM FC are on the brink of lifting the S•League title which have been eluding them for the past few years.

The closest DPMM FC ever had was last season where they failed to capitalize their lead in the standings and eventually settled as runners-up. The other season where they were placed 2nd was back in 2012. The leadership under Steve Kean has brought fresh approach to DPMM FC’s attacking measures.

The new imports have given DPMM FC a different dimension after letting go the fan favourites Tosi Rodrigo and Roberto Alvez, where both are playing for Tampines Rovers, a club that only has the chance to overtake DPMM FC should they win all their remaining matches and DPMM FC to lose the final game of the season against Balestier Khalsa FC.

Last night, DPMM FC was in fourth gear as they dominated the game against Warriors FC and chalked up a 3-1 victory at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Singapore. Goals came from Paulo Sergio, Rafael Ramazotti and Boris Raspudic.

I believe the next home game will draw more spectators as it will be the final game of the season and also to celebrate DPMM FC’s maiden S•League title should they win their final match or hope for Tampines Rovers to slip up in their remaining fixtures (3 more games).

So mark your dates on 21st November as DPMM FC will take on Balestier Khalsa FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Well done to the management of DPMM FC, the coach and the players for making this an exciting finale. Just another 90 minutes and we hope to see fireworks.


Azwan Salleh came on late as a substitute against Warriors FC. Image courtesy of Ismail Sulaiman of S•League.

McLean has been consistent all season but scored at the wrong half by mistake. Image courtesy of Ismail Sulaiman of S•League.

Rafa has been on hot scoring form. Image courtesy of Ismail Sulaiman of S•League.

Wardun Yusof almost kept a clean sheet. An important talisman for DPMM FC. Image courtesy of Ismail Sulaiman of S•League.

The cheerleaders of Warriors FC unable to live the spirit of the players. Image courtesy of Ismail Sulaiman of S•League.

Steve Kean is the man and perhaps the manager of the year? Image courtesy of Ismail Sulaiman of S•League.



DPMM FC update

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


DPMM FC broke the jinx 


Finally DPMM FC broke the old jinx of not winning against Tampines Rovers. They have not beaten them in 7 attempts since 2012 (two draws and five losses). Last night DPMM FC was back to winning ways and they scored a 2-0 victory over the visitors now coached by Sundramoorthy, former Singapore football player.

Goals were scored by impressive import Sergio and Ramazotti and it was also the return of Rodrigo Tosi and Roberto Alvez, former DPMM FC players, who are now contracted with Tampines Rovers. It was a bitter sweet return for both players who have contributed during their years as DPMM FC players. The only setback for DPMM FC was the dismissal of Azwan Ali late in the game. It was one weird altercation when Azwan Ali flick his boot towards his own teammate Boris Raspudic and yes, that was totally unexpected and it had to happen in front of a home crowd.

That altercation also sparked a heated confrontation between Wardun Yussof and Boris but the situation was cooled down. DPMM FC coach Steve Kean said he hasn’t seen such thing in a long time and he pointed out that Azwan Ali made a big mistake last night. He is certain such thing won’t happen again in the future matches.

DPMM FC are currently in good form in the S•League with two games in hand and let’s hope the momentum stays that way. DPMM FC’s next match will be this Thursday, 14th May against Albirex Niigata FC (S) at Jurong East Stadium, Singapore.


Rafael Ramazotti aka Rafa of DPMM FC celebrates after scoring last night. Image taken by Sanusi Hussin of The Brunei Times.

DPMM FC against Tampines Rovers at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Image courtesy of S•League website.


DPMM FC Matchday Magazine 

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture,Youth and Sports with the management of DPMM FC Matchday Magazine and advertising partners of the magazine at A.K.K Design office.

Advertising partners recently attended the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony for partners of the 2015 edition of the Brunei DPMM FC Matchday Magazine. Present to witness this ceremony was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture,Youth and Sports.

Ceremony kicked off with welcoming remarks from Sazali Mohd Ariff, Chief Executive of A.K.K Design. Amongst those present were its advertising partners and supporters from Baiduri Bank (Exclusive Premium Advertiser), Cityneon Displays & Construction Sdn Bhd (Gold Advertiser), DST (Silver Advertiser), Grand Hyatt Singapore (Silver Advertiser), Royal Brunei as MatchDay Magazine’s Airline Partner and Kristal FM as its Media Partner. Also present were the Singapore High Commissioner to Brunei, His Excellency Mr Jaya Ratnam, senior government officials and senior management from Brunei DPMM Football Club.

The Brunei DPMM FC MatchDay Magazine will be sold to the public at the ticketing booths and entrance gates of Stadium Negara Hassanal Bolkiah during matchdays. Complimentary copies will be distributed to designated government and educational institutions, selected commercial establishments and onboard Royal Brunei Airlines regional and long haul flights. This magazine is designed to be a premium publication in keeping with Brunei DPMM FC’s aim to be among the best – on and off the pitch, but is nevertheless reasonably priced to cater to a wider target audience. Images courtesy of A.K.K Design.


Guest of honour with Sazali Mohd Ariff, Chief Executive of A.K.K Design

Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank (Exclusive Premium Advertiser)

Dato Jack Ting, Managing Director of Cityneon Displays & Construction Sdn Bhd

Sazali Mohd Ariff, Chief Executive of A.K.K Design in his welcoming remarks

Among the attendees during the MoU signing

DPMM FC Matchday Magazine

Well done, Sazali 😀




Hello Philippines

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


DPMM FC photo shoot 

HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (Front Row C), the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, in a group photo with the DPMM FC staff and players during the photoshoot session held at Jerudong Mini Stadium yesterday. Image courtesy of Sanusi Hussin of The Brunei Times.



Hello Manila 😀 

The Manager of Hua Ho Manggis, Lau (L) and Advertorial Writer from The Brunei Times Md Azli Azney at the airport yesterday. Image courtesy of Obelina Wang of The Brunei Times

Woohoo, it’ s my first trip to the Philippines *sakai mode on* and thank you to FitFlop Southeast Asia for inviting myself to the Philippines for the FitFlop conference event at Bohol, the Philippines.

I am traveling with Azli Azney, reporter from The Brunei Times for the coverage and we will be joined with the media and magazine representatives from Indonesia and the Philippines.

We will be witnessing FitFlop’s SS15 Regional Launch and it’s very likely that the new line will be available in Brunei in the near future.

The new collections for FitFlop – Indigo, Lustre, Tera Nova and Garigue – will be the main features of the launch. I’m pretty sure my mom will be excited since she’s a huge collector of FitFlop footwear as she shops the collections in Singapore.

I shall be posting more pictures on my social media instagram at @ranoadidas so do follow me there for updates. Thank you Soon Tiong for this opportunity.



Preview: DPMM FC vs Balestier Khalsa FC

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


Preview: DPMM FC vs Balestier 


The final tier round hasn’t been smooth sailing for DPMM FC. Having a six point cushion at one stage and losing two home games, DPMM FC have themselves to blame for the major slip but they can bounce back and make their final home match count against Balestier Khalsa FC tonight at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

The back-to-back home defeats have piled pressure on DPMM FC and the two week break was much needed for DPMM FC to get back on the drawing board and learn from their mistakes. I do hope that the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup qualifiers won’t have a draining impact on the players as most of the DPMM FC players were being featured for the qualifiers and they only have two days rest before continuing the S•League match.

DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean felt that it won’t be a disadvantage for DPMM FC players (after returning from a taxing AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers) who will go up against a crucial tie against Balestier Khalsa in the remaining fixtures of the S•League. He shared that most of the young players were being featured and it shouldn’t be a problem especially to the senior players when they play tonight at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

The only player that might be doubtful is Shahrazen Said who nursing a slight hamstring strain but Kean is happy to have Rodrigo Tosi returned after serving his suspension which will give more attacking options for DPMM FC. The imports have been training on their own when the local players were in the AFF competition.

Kean felt that the points on board more important and if DPMM FC can win all their remaining fixtures, the S•League title will be DPMM FC’s first. Currently Warriors FC are leading by four points though DPMM FC have two games in hand. Hence it’s vital that DPMM FC get all three points tonight and put pressure on title contenders Warriors FC.

It’s sad news for Tampines Rovers as their title defence came to an end two nights ago when they lost to Warriors FC. The result meant that there will be a new champion in the S•League and it will be a two horse race between Warriors FC and DPMM FC. Albirex Niigata FC (S) still have a mathematical chance of winning unless Warriors lose their last game of the season.

Do catch DPMM FC tonight against Balestier Khalsa FC and the match entrance is FREE. Do spread the news.


Steve Kean being interviewed by the press

A customary part of training to work as a team

The standing so far




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


Free Admission 

Thank you, DPMM FC

The bigger, the better. Yess, we need all the support we can get for the next crucial DPMM FC match. They will take on Warriors FC on Tuesday evening and should DPMM FC win that match, they will have an 8 point gap advantage over Warriors FC and also restore their five point gap over their closest rivals. Actually should DPMM FC win their next two games, it will be virtually DPMM FC’s championship in the S•League. But let’s not go far ahead just for now. I remember Liverpool who had a comfortable lead last season only to falter in the last few matches to allow Manchester City to come back from behind to clinch the title.

I would agree also on Ali Hj Momin’s sentiment that sometimes it’s better to chase the game than to be ahead. Another great example was when DPMM FC had a two goal cushion lead in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Singapore Cup but blew their lead away eventually. Though DPMM FC, have a healthy lead in the S•League, anything can happen. Hence it’s important for DPMM FC to get all the support they can get from their supporters and friends.

It was announced that the upcoming match will be FREEEEEEEE…. Yes, FREEEEE!!! So there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be part of the thousands of fans at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadum this Tuesday evening as you guys will be their 12th man on the pitch. It does make a difference to have a huge support from the crowd and this was evident during the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy and that stage Brunei U-21 was so close in reaching the semi-finals.

The DPMM FC team manager hopes that there will be at least 10,000 supporters. The usual average crowd in DPMM FC matches are around 3,000 people but lately the support has been slightly waning. So this is a good gesture by DPMM FC management team and this is also good for the organiser as well.

The tickets will be issued at the two gates of the usual entrance for DPMM FC matches. The tickets are only available at the gates and you will get them once you enter and this is for attendance purposes. The tickets issued will be of no charge at all. There won’t be any luck draws for this particular match. I believe you can start queueing after Maghrib prayers.

All the best DPMM FC and yes, we are just a few steps away from claiming the first S•League title.



DPMM FC 1 Home United 2

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


DPMM FC took a bump at home 

DPMM FC in action against Home United at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Image courtesy of Ridhwan Kamarulzaman of The Brunei Times.

It didn’t go as planned. DPMM FC couldn’t convert their impressive training performance to a competitive match against Home United last Wednesday and they paid dearly for their miss chances. Home United scored two late goals to sink DPMM FC to their first defeat in the 3rd round of the S•League competition.

However, it was Rodrigo Tosi who drew first blood as he tapped in from close range, off an Azwan Salleh cross down the left in the 76th minute. The lead didn’t last long as the visitors scored three minutes later through a corner kick. The winner came in the 88th minute and it was a little too late for DPMM FC to salvage at least a point.

DPMM FC were better in the second half despite the defeat but it was the two identical goals they conceded cheaply that made the difference. DPMM FC could have scored more goals but hats off to the defence of Home United for holding DPMM FC at bay. Even the keeper of Home United had one or two crucial saves and that made a difference.

DPMM FC still lead the league but their gap can be trimmed down to two points if Warriors FC win their next game (1st October). DPMM FC have two more home games to redeem themselves and it could be the most crucial games to date before their final two matches which will be played in Singapore. It was a bit disappointed to see a low turnout at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.




Preview: DPMM FC vs Home United

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


Preview: DPMM FC vs Home Utd 



Steve Kean is confident that DPMM FC will get all three points as the players are raring to play after a mini-break in the S•League competition. DPMM FC had dropped a few important points at home previously but managed to grab other points and have a five point gap in the league. Kean was not surprised that the other contenders were also dropping points in the last few games as they could have overtaken the lead from DPMM FC.

Kean was very happy with how the lads have shown on the training pitch and he shared how the performance of both the first and the second team wasn’t much of a difference compared to the beginning of the season. The squad’s depth is stronger than before and this will give better options for the coach during the match.

He did show a slight concern that the lack of match practice might affect the momentum but it did give the coach plenty of time to work of tactics and fitness during the mini-break. Furthermore, Roy O’Donovan is still nursing a slight hamstring injury but he should be featured in tomorrow’s match.

The key player here will be Adi Said who have been in scoring form in the past few games for DPMM FC. But will the mini-break slow down his momentum? His presence had added more dimension in DPMM FC’s attack especially with Rodrigo Tosi and Roy O’Donovan upfront.

So peeps, do catch DPMM FC tomorrow against Home United at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.


DPMM FC players in training session yesterday at Jerudong Mini Stadium

It was good to see all the players hungry for action during training

Steve Kean shared that the difference between the first and the second team’s performance is getting smaller which is great for the squad

Shooting practice session

Steve Kean is so eager for the match tomorrow against Home United FC

The fixtures for DPMM FC to determine which team will lift the S•League trophy



DPMM FC beat Tanjong Pagar

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


Tosi steals all 3 points 

Tosi scoring the winner in the 90th minute through a penalty. Image courtesy of S•League
DPMM FC go five points clear at the top of the Singapore League (S-League) heading into the third round after a 2-1 comeback victory over Tanjong Pagar United FC last night.

Rodrigo Tosi converted a penalty four minutes into injury time to claim all three points for the Brunei side.

The Brazilian bagged a brace for DPMM FC in the victory, bringing his tally to a league-leading 20 goals, one up on Kazuki Sakamoto of Albirex Niigata (S) FC.

The triumph puts DPMM FC on 46 points from 22 matches, followed by Warriors FC with 41 points.

According to updates on the S-League facebook page, Tanjong Pagar took the lead in the 22nd minute after Kamel Ramdadi fired the ball into the bottom corner at the Queenstown Stadium in Singapore. Roy O’Donovan was brought down in the penalty box four minutes later but the offence was waved off by the referee.

DPMM FC almost equalised in the 33rd minute but Tanjong Pagar goalkeeper Aurelien Herisson managed to tipped the ball over the bar.

O’Donovan was taken off at halftime to make way for Shahrazen Said.

DPMM FC were putting plenty of pressure on offence but Herisson replied with impressive saves.

Brunei’s only professional team finally equalised in the 61st minute after Tosi rose the highest to head home a corner.

Adi Said almost gave DPMM FC the lead five minutes later but saw his header go over the crossbar.

Herrison was kept busy and once again came to the rescue of Tanjong Pagar in the 86th minute but he ultimately failed to keep his team level in the dying moments of the match. The other game saw Harimau Muda B (Malaysia national under-21 football team) steal a 1-1 draw against Woodlands Wellington FC at the Woodlands Stadium in Singapore. Andy Ahmad broke the deadlock for Woodlands in the 54th minute after tapping in the ball.

It looked like they were heading home with all three points before Syafwan Sahlan netted for Harimau Muda in the 88th minute.

The competition continues on Tuesday with Hougang United FC hosting Harimau Muda at the Hougang Stadium in Singapore. Hougang United are on 33 points and require only a point out of the match to be in the top half heading into the split round. Balestier Khalsa FC, who are on 30 points but with a better goal difference, will need the Malaysians to win to keep their hopes alive. They will also need to beat Harimau Muda at the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor on Friday to seal their berth.

Three-time defending champions Tampines Rovers, Warriors FC, Home United FC and Albirex Niigata (S) FC are all joining DPMM FC in the top half for the next round. Text courtesy of Yee Chun Leong of The Brunei Times.


The highlights between Tanjong Pagar United FC and DPMM FC. The video quality is poor by the way.

DPMM FC visit IGS 


DPMM FC management and players with IGS management and teachers during DPMM FC’s visit to IGS College last Thursday

Steve Kean, head coach of DPMM FC




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