DPMM FC start new season against Tampines

Fadhil Yunus

Defending Singapore Premier League (SPL) champions DPMM FC will kick off the new season in the traditional curtain raiser AIA Singapore Community Shield against reigning Singapore Cup holders Tampines Rovers FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on February 22.

The Gegar Gegar men will begin their league title defence against fierce rivals Home United away at the Bishan Stadium on February 2019.

DPMM FC will play their first home match at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium against rivals Tampines Rovers FC on March 6.

The Brunei-based outfit have a tough outing against Japanese satellite side Albirex Niigata (S) at the Jurong East Stadium on March 13 before entertaining Young Lions at home on March 18.

DPMM FC take on Hougang United at the Hougang Stadium on April 5 before turning their attention to Geylang International at home on April 11.

The Cheetahs will move back to their original home venue as the Jalan Besar Stadium is set to undergo re-turfing works at the end of February.

The other team that will see a change of home venue this season following news of the re-turfing is the Young Lions, who will play their home games at the Jurong West Stadium.

The artificial pitch, which was last re-turfed in 2014, will be changed to a higher quality surface to sustain programming that includes SPL matches, international matches and tournaments from age-group to senior level, ActiveSG Football Academy sessions, various coaching clinics and community events, and more.

DPMM FC will meet Balestier Khalsa at the Bishan Stadium on April 17 before facing a reunion with Tanjong Pagar United – the pair famously contested the Singapore League Cup final in 2014 – at the Jurong East Stadium on May 2.

The returning Tanjong Pagar United will take the place of Warriors FC, who were told by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) at the end of last year to sit out the upcoming season.

The defending league champions are expected to commence the second round of the league against Home United at the Bishan Stadium on May 8.

File photo shows DPMM FC players celebrating after a goal during a Singapore Premier League match last season. PHOTO: SINGAPORE PREMIER LEAGUE