After over a year of hiatus from competitive football, DPMM FC have set their sights on the Brunei Super League title this year, which will kick off on June 20.
“I am really looking forward to competing in Brunei Super League 2021. It is great that we are able to play competitive football again,” head coach Adrian Pennock said during the contract signing of DPMM FC players at The Centrepoint Hotel yesterday.
“The squad and staff have been really good in training. We are really looking forward to the first game of the league,” he added.
Twenty-four players signed their contracts with the club yesterday, in the presence of DPMM FC Vice Chairman Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim bin Pengiran Indera Mahkota Pengiran Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin was also present.
Signing for DPMM FC were General Manager Mohamad Ali bin Haji Momin and Finance Officer Md Kamarul Ariffin bin Haji Arpan.
The club includes three foreign players: goalkeeper Emerson Jose Da Conceicao, defender Charlie David William Clough and striker Andrei Varankou. The local players are: Muhammad Wafi bin Aminuddin, Abdul Mu’iz bin Sisa, Muhammad Hanif Farhan bin Azman, Azwan Muhammad Saleh, Muhammad Azwan bin Ali Rahman, Mohd Hendra Azam bin Mohd Idris, Abdul Azizi bin Ali Rahman, Mohammad Najib bin Haji Tarif, Haimie anak Nyaring, Muhammad [email protected] Hadi bin Hamir, Mohammad Helmi bin Haji Zambin, Hazwan bin Hamzah, Muhammad Nur Asyraffahmi bin Norsamri, Muhammad Hakeme Yazid bin Said, Mohammad Shahrazen bin Said, Muhammad Razimie bin Ramli, Muhammad Nurikhwan bin Othman, Pengiran Mohd Fakharrazi bin Pengiran Haji Hassan, Abdul Aziz bin Tamit, Awangku Yura Indera Putera bin Pengiran Yunos and Md Wardun Yusof.
Pennock said, “We kept the three import players and included three local young players into the squad, which I want to push more to come through.”
He added that although DPMM FC will not participate in the Singapore League this season, they are hopeful to be able to compete in the Singapore Cup. However, due to the current restrictions, the possibility looks bleak.
The head coach recalled that the pandemic has not been kind to his squad, preventing them from training for months. After the restrictions were gradually eased, he said, “we trained in groups of five and 10 without having the football”.
“We had to adjust our training in accordance to the standard operating procedure. To keep the players’ fit and ready for competition, we provided fitness programme so they can continue to stay in top shape. Big credits to the staff who have worked hard to keep the team together,” he added.
Despite being the only Brunei team to have won the Singapore Premier League and Singapore League Cup, Pennock said competing in the Brunei Super League will not come easy.
“We will be expecting every team we play against to be difficult. Most of the teams are looking to beat us and we are looking forward to the challenge. Playing competitively is what we need and our supporters are eager to see us play,” he said.
Pennock welcomes local football fans to come and support the team at their training ground at Jerudong Park Mini Stadium “to feel the excitement”.
Following the contract signing, DPMM FC unveiled their home and away kits for the league.