Former DPMM FC star Sergio a gem for Indonesia, Brunei clubs

Fadhil Yunus

Former DPMM FC star Paulo Sergio continues to enjoy a trophy-laden spell in the region after sealing his second Indonesian league title with the current club Bali United last season.

The Portuguese maestro, who clinched his first Indonesian title in his maiden season with Bhayangkara, became an instant favourite when he joined the Gegar Gegar men in 2015.

He made an immediate impact for the Brunei-based outfit in his first season after netting 13 goals in 21 league appearances as well as a collection of assists to his name en route to the club’s first-ever Singapore league title.

The former DPMM FC winger was a key player in the club’s attacking unit comprising rising talent Azwan Ali Rahman and prolific scorer Rafael Ramazotti under the guidance of former head coach Steve Kean.

Bali United’s Paulo Sergio. PHOTO: BALIUTD

He also bagged a first-half hat trick during a memorable 4-0 win against Balestier Khalsa in the final game of the season at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, which sealed the title for DPMM FC.

Sergio spent two seasons in Brunei before making the switch to Bhayangkara where he repeated his exploits after guiding The Guardian to a maiden Indonesian league title.

Bhayangkara sealed the title with one match to spare after a 3-1 win against Madura United in the penultimate game of the season at the expense of Sergio’s next club Bali United.

The Portuguese’s contributions also earned him the Best Player of the Season title and inclusion in the Team of the Season.

The winger netted 19 goals in 59 league appearances spanning two seasons for Bhayangkara before moving to Bali United prior to the start of the 2019 season.

He enjoyed his third league title in five years after the Tridatu Warriors were declared champions with four games to spare last December after a win against Semen Padang was coupled with nearest rivals’ Borneo’s failure to win against PSM.

After registering 26 appearances under his belt, the 36-year-old is still going strong in his second season with Bali United, who sit in second place behind Persib in the table.

The Liga 1 was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic although the Indonesian top flight could resume by September or October under strict health protocol, according to Bernama.