| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC midfielder Roberto Alviz has been released after one season with the club in the S League, guiding the team to their finest season to date which nearly culminated in the coveted league title.
The news came as a devastating blow for the Croatian days after the team captured third place in the RHB Singapore Cup.
Alviz, who contributed 18 assists and 5 goals for DPMM FC last season, labelled the local players ‘fighters’ adding that they constantly seek for improvement on a daily basis.
“They never give up. These are the best times of my life. I’m really disappointed because I had to leave. I did not see any point why I needed to leave,” Alviz told the Borneo Bulletin in an interview yesterday.
Alviz shared that he felt at home playing with the local team-mates and attributed their success of achieving the best ever season to the combination of local and import players.
The midfield general was one of the consistent players in the league donning the club’s colours for 36 appearances and missing only a game in the preliminary round of the RHB Singapore Cup against Global FC.
“Five imports cannot win the league. The one trophy that we’ve won this season brought one group and not just the imports.”
Despite the verbal assurances according to Alviz, and the timing of his sudden departure, Alviz still welcome any return shall the club decides to go for a U-turn.
“Maybe one day I can come back and there’s no problem”.
Alviz also praised the morale of his former team-mates despite defeats not keeping their heads down and vowed to keep working.
“In many countries not only in Azerbaijan (where he previously played professionally), sometimes when you lose a game the mood of the players go down. These guys never give up and think very positively. I am proud about them,” explained Alviz.
According to the club’s website, Roy O’Donovan has also been the latest player released by the club while defender Boris Raspudic is in talks for a contract extension.
“We are good as a group. The locals and the imports improved together. I did not see any reason to change”.
“I thank the local guys, the coaches, the people around the team who supports us, the fans who always support us. Hopefully maybe one day I will come back. I want the team to improve and make a better step to win the league. I wish them all the best from all my heart,” concluded Alviz.