| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean has heaped praise to goalkeeper Awangku Mu’izzuddin bin Pengiran Haji Ismail after putting a decent performance in the 1-0 loss to Warriors FC in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S League at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Sunday.
Kean has handed the club’s third-choice goalkeeper an opportunity to prove his worth having already selected custodian Wardun Yussof and Alizanda Sitom earlier this season.
The former Blackburn Rovers manager indicated that the former MS PDB shot-stopper who is among the new names being thrown in the fold after their title ambitions evaporated has the necessary attributes to improve.
“Mu’izzuddin was excellent today. He came out to collect crosses with confidence and was calm, even making that good safe from Shaiful (Esah). He can only get better from here,” Kean told S League.
The head coach also acknowledged that it would be sooner rather than later that they would end their rough patch having not tasted victory in eight league appearances.
“The players did very well in both halves and I thought we deserved at least a point, if not three. I was delighted with the local players and I cannot fault any of their play,” the head coach said.
“If we continue playing like that, I’m confident we can get a positive result soon,” he continued.
The coach has embraced change in the line-up with the additions of former MS ABDB man Haizul Rani Metussin and Hanif Hamir both of whom boasted DST Super League experience.
Meanwhile, Kean’s opposite number Warriors FC head coach Razif Onn was relieved that they ended their recent mini slump with a hard fought win against the 2015 champions.
“I’m very much relieved and it was a great win today, especially after coming back into this on the back of a defeat to Tampines Rovers and a draw against Garena Young Lions,” he said.
“It was a hard fought game, as DPMM FC had their chances to score as well.”
Warriors new boy Andrei Ciolacu missed a penalty in the first half and his coach had mixed reactions on their latest acquisition.
“I was happy with Andrei-Cosmin Ciolacu’s performance but I thought he could have done more individually,” Razif said.
The Romanian drew parallels with Dutch-Congolese striker Joel Tshibamba who had not found the net on their S League debut though the latter has now been thriving with goals.
“It’s good however to see that he is getting the shots and had a couple of good chances. He needs to settle down before I can have higher expectations of him,” he concluded.