Shahrazen Said (C) will make a
return to DPMM FC for
tonight's Singapore League
match against Woodlands
Wellington FC at the Jalan
Besar Stadium in Singapore.
Shahrazen served his one-match
ban last Friday. Picture: BT
DPMM FC will welcome back striker Shahrazen Said to their squad for tonight's Singapore League (S-League) match against Woodlands Wellington FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore following his suspension.
The striker completed his one-match ban last Friday as DPMM FC fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Albirex Niigata FC (S) at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas after he picked up two yellow cards in their last S-League match against the Young Lions (the Singapore under-23 national team) in May.
"We will have Shahrazen back in the team. It is always good to have him back and now we have three strikers (Shahrazen, Joao Moreiera and Arturas Rimkevicius) and they all might start tomorrow (tonight)," said DPMM FC head coach Vjeran Simunic in a phone-interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
"We need to win tomorrow, but we need to work very hard. In our last game against Albirex, we were very unfortunate. We controlled the game for 77 minutes and lost. So we need to focus and concentrate throughout the game this time around," he said.
Kazuki Sakamoto and Sato Masatake scored a goal each in the final 13 minutes of last Friday's match to give Albirex their 10 wins in the league.
Albirex now sit second in the league with 32 points, five behind leaders Tampines Rover FC.
"Woodlands are in a good form lately, they are aiming for the top three finish. I heard that they have signed a new Thai midfielder (Theerawekin Seehawong), so we need to watch out," said Simunic.
Woodlands have signed the former Gombak United midfielder from Thai Premier League side Pattaya United.
The 33-year-old will be replacing midfielder Khalid Hamdaoui, who was released last month.
DPMM FC, meanwhile, snapped up Lithuanian striker Rimkevicius and Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Tosi during the league transfer window last month.
Skipper Rosmin Hj Khamis and Tosi are expected to start in the midfield, with the latter operating in a more attacking role behind the strikers.
"I read today's news in Singapore that Rosmin will be suspended for the game tomorrow. It is all wrong. So now I don't know if he is going to play or not," added Simunic.
DPMM FC now sit eighth in the 12-team table with 19 points to their name, and a victory tonight will help them leapfrog to sixth.
Woodlands' 1-0 win against Hougang United FC last week mean they are currently sitting sixth in the table with 20 points.
Moreira scored the solitary goal when DPMM FC defeated Woodlands in their last meeting in March.