DPMM FC’s new coach sets out strategy for ‘a beautiful brand of football’ 

February 13, 2018 Azamri Zainal

DPMM FC’s new signings – (From L-R) Haimie Anak Nyaring, Abdul Hariz @ Amani Herman and Abdil Azizi Ali Rahman were all smiles this afternoon as they spoke about their hopes with their new team. Photo by Yusri Adanan

Newly-appointed DPMM FC Head Coach Renê Weber stated his clear ambitions of “creating a beautiful brand of football” with DPMM FC, as his youthful team take on the 2018 Singapore Football League (S-League) with a brand new approach.

The first South American appointed in DPMM FC history, Renê was in charge of the Brazilian national under-20 team (2004-2005) that finished third at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships. He has also previously coached in four other countries, with Brunei being his fifth coaching destination.

He addressed the New Brunei Daily at a DPMM FC contract signing held in Gadong today: “We hope to create a beautiful brand of football, the Brazilian style. Not just to play beautiful, but also to win in style.”

Regarding tactical preparations for the S-League, Renê commented that the most important thing for a coach to assess when first joining a new club is to look at the level of skills and the league overall. He has been in charge for 40 days.

Veteran DPMM FC players Mohd Wardun Yussof (R) and Azwan Muhammad Salleh (L) speaking with the New Brunei Daily during an interview.
Photo by Yusri Adanan

“I have watched around 15 matches of the Singapore League so far on DVD. We will be facing good teams in the league, but I believe DPMM FC can finish stronger for this year’s league.”

“We have good quality players like Azwan, Sharazen and Adi Said. We also have six young local players under the age of 21 who will be the future of this club. I believe we can finish strongly this season, at least in the four of the league.”

In an interview with the club’s long serving Team Manager, Hj Ali Hj Momin told the New Brunei Daily: “As you know every coach makes their own selection of players, and the new coach for this season wants to enlist a very youthful squad. The management fully supports and backs the coach’s decision.”

“The management thinks a Brazilian coach is the right fit for DPMM FC because of his experience in managing the youth and also taking an assistant coaching role in several clubs in South America previously, so we think that he is the best person for the job.”

It was announced on the official club website that players who have contributed in the club’s successful history over the recent years were not included in the 2018 roster. This includes legendary club captain Rosmin Khamis, Hasrul Rani, Maududi Helmi Kasmi, Khairul Anwar, Aminudin Zakhwan and Azwan Hamzah.

Iranian international, Motjba Mostafa from Iranjavan FC has been signed as the first of three confirmed import players.

New faces were announced such as 19-year-old promising goalkeeper from Temburong, Haimie Anak Nyaring, who impressed the national team during the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia and received the award for best league player in the Bruneian Super League with Indera SC; 17-year-old central midfielder Abd Hariz Herman from the Tebuan Squad and 30-year-old Azizi Ali Rahman, the 2018 Brunei Super League top goal scorer with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB), who told the New Brunei Daily that his signing was a “dream come true”.

Renê also seems to be very adaptable and open in terms of his leadership and coaching style overall, telling the New Brunei Daily that he is still “gathering information” while continuing to assess the team’s “preferred style of play”.

“But in time, I want this team to play quality football, and I want to put one style, which is to play a brand of football that is universally beautiful but most importantly, if the team doesn’t adapt well to the play, then we can change. There’s no use to play football one way and not gain results. We want to win games. So that’s our task and mission for this season.”

His message for the football fans? ”Come watch your team play in our stadium. I would like to see the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium always full with fans always singing, proudly supporting our team because that would help DPMM FC be more motivated to win and play good and beautiful football, playing in a way that people would love watching.”

New Brunei Daily