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Tosi providing DPMM FC's spark
Friday, March 7, 2014

DPMM FC find themselves at the top of the Singapore League (S-League) and it is largely thanks to Rodrigo Tosi.

The Brazilian found the back of the net twice in as many games to lift DPMM FC to the summit of the 12-team table.

The club gathered at the Jerudong Mini Stadium yesterday to take their team photo for the season, with both DPMM FC chairman His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and DPMM FC vice-chairman YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Haji Abdul Rahim Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj.

Tosi scored the only goal from the penalty spot for a 1-0 victory over Albirex Niigata at the Jurong East Stadium in Singapore on February 22 to give head coach Steve Kean a winning debut in the S-League.

Brunei's only professional team followed that up with a 2-0 triumph over Warriors FC in their first home match at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium in Berakas last Friday.

Tosi scored from outside the box for the lead just three minutes after the restart and created the second for captain Rosmin Hj Mohd Hj Kamis just before the final whistle in the win.

Rosmin's first attempt, after a one-two with Tosi, hit the post before he pounced on the rebound to kill off the Warriors' hopes of a comeback.

The humble 31-year-old didn't want to take all the credit but instead credited everyone on the team to their good start of the season.

"It is a good start for everyone. The team is doing well because we are working hard together. That is the difference," said Tosi in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"It is not a one player team. I'm getting the goals because I'm playing as a striker now. I hope that the good form continues," he added.

"I'm enjoying myself up front since I'm nearer to the goal. I always try to shoot and hopefully I can continue to do well," concluded Tosi, who is in his second spell with the club after a stint during the 2005/2006 Malaysian Super League campaign.

The Brazilian bagged eight goals in 12 appearances for the club last season and was the only foreign player to be given a contract extension at the end.

Six of those goals came late in the season when he was the only import player to lace up for the team.

DPMM FC will play their next game against Home United at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore next Friday.

S-League action continues on Wednesday with two matches.

Warriors FC will host Harimau Muda at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium while Hougang United FC is set to do battle against Albirex Niigata at the Hougang Stadium.

Both games kick off at 7.30pm.

Three-time defending champions, Tampines Rovers, are hot on the tails of DPMM FC and are the only other unbeaten team left in the League.

They are also on six points and are just back by one goal difference.

Courtesy from Brunei Times