Free entry to watch champions DPMM FC play Hougang tonight

Fadhil Yunus

Entry to watch DPMM FC play against Hougang United FC in the final league match of the AIA Singapore Premier League will be free at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas tonight, the club has announced.

There will also be a lucky draw with chances to win airfares as well as electronic goods while a champions T-shirt will also be available.

Supporters of the Gegar-Gegar men are encouraged to attend the match and the trophy presentation ceremony, which will see DPMM FC lift the coveted title for the second time.

The Brunei-based outfit were confirmed as league champions with two games to spare after nearest rivals Hougang United’s 4-4 draw with Geylang International meant that they slipped out of contention in the title race.

DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock, who led the club to a league title in his first season in charge, is looking forward to the final league match against the Cheetahs.

DPMM FC in a training session. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“We’re going to lift the trophy on Sunday. I just can’t wait for Sunday, it’s going to be special,” said Pennock in a post-match interview after a Group ‘B’ game against Geylang in the Komoco Singapore Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore in midweek.

The newly-crowned champions will be eager to put a reminder to the Singapore Premier League teams on enhancing the reputation of Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium as a fortress after Tampines Rovers inflicted a first home loss of the season.

But, the Cheetahs will be buoyed with confidence after their morale-boosting victory over Albirex Niigata (S) in the Singapore Cup, which catapulted them to the top of Group ‘B’.

Hougang forward Faris Ramli, who in many seasons has proved to be DPMM FC’s main nemesis, will need a hat-trick coupled with a blank from league’s top scorer-elect Andrei Varankou to share the individual accolade.

Varankou has been engulfed with a mini goal-scoring crisis but such thoughts disappeared as his brace against Warriors guided his club on the precipice of a championship.

The Belarussian is also in firm contention of ending the season with the most assists in the league as he sits in third place, one assist less than joint leaders Christopher Van Huizen of Geylang and Ryutaro Megumi of Tampines.

The champions already have goalkeeping custodian Wardun Yussof confirmed in topping the most clean sheets charts with 10 to his name.

The final league match could be viewed as a dress rehearsal to their mouth-watering Singapore Cup tie next month as both teams look for a semi-final berth.