| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC’s attacking options have gotten a boost with the return of Adi Said after the forward re-joined the club in time for the business end of the AIA Singapore Premier League.
The Brunei international re-joined his teammates during the second transfer window of the season for his second spell in Singapore’s top flight.
The national star played an influential role last season when he chalked double digits in both the goals and assists departments before leaving the Gegar Gegar men to seek new pastures in Malaysia.
Adi made history as the first-ever Bruneian to feature for a foreign club in Malaysia’s second tier Malaysia Premier League with UiTM FC, but both parted ways despite cementing his place as a regular in the first team.
DPMM FC Head Coach Adrian Pennock welcomed the inclusion of the forward, who will complement an attack which already boasts the likes of Andrei Varankou, Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman, Shah Razen Said and Razimie Ramlli.
“Adi Said has been a big plus in the team. He wasn’t fit when he first came in but he has been working hard and we’ve been doing individual training with him. He has a good ability on the ball,” said Pennock in an interview after a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.
The 2018 Singapore league joint top assist provider played a key role in UiTM FC’s bid for a top-four finish but his time was cut short during Malaysia’s second transfer window of the season. He left the Malaysian outfit with two goals in 13 appearances under his belt.
Adi marked his first start for the club since the end of last season in the 1-0 win against Young Lions last Saturday after appearing as a substitute in the previous game against Warriors FC.
Pennock said, “Adi played in an attacking midfield role and he has settled in very well. He created two or three good chances. I was pleased with him.”
The former Gillingham manager has also tipped Adi’s younger brother Md Hakeme Yazid bin Said to have a bright future with the club.
The DPMM FC under-19 player has been called up to train with the senior team alongside his brothers Adi and Shah Razen.
“I’ve been watching the ‘B’ team obviously at the start of the season and I like Keme (Md Hakeme). He’s come in and he’s been working hard.”
He continued, “Keme has settled in as well as Adi so there have been two great additions for us. They will be very important.”