DPMM FC's Azwan Ali Rahman (L) in action during yesterday's training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium. T/ Yee Chun Leong
DPMM FC coach Steve Kean believes that Azwan Ali Rahman is able to play in any of the top leagues based on his current performance.
After leaving Indera Sports Club and joining DPMM FC early last year, 22-year-old Azwan has been enjoying his time in the club this season as he is more actively involved in creating plays for the Singapore League (S-League) squad.
Azwan, who has played in all eight S-League games this season, is growing comfortable with his role after scoring in the last three games, impressing Kean and the fans with his recent displays after scoring his first goal for the club in their 6-1 win over Young Lions (Singaporean national Under-23 team) on April 6.
When Kean was interviewed yesterday, he talked about Azwan very positively. "Azwan has been playing very well for the team, exceptionally even," said Kean. "Even when I first joined the team (last November) he kept on impressing me with his performance.
"With the way he's coming along as a player, I can confidently say that he can play in any of the top leagues. No problems," added the Scotsman after the team's training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium. Azwan is also relishing his new role and feels that he can contribute more this season now that he has increased playing time.
And when asked about his recent performance, he said that it is encouraging for him to see his hard work and dedication pay off. "I was pretty much a bench player last season, getting rotated in and out by the previous coach (Vjeran Simunic)," said Azwan.
"But this season I've been given a more active and solid role, and I'm happy with the decision as it will help me grow more as a player. "I'm feeling pretty confident after scoring in the last three games. It's building my confidence to get involved with the play more and hopefully score some more goals," he added.
The midfielder is looking forward to DPMM FC's next match against Balestier Khalsa FC tonight, and he hopes the team will be able to carry on their winning ways. "For me the team's performance is more of a priority than my individual performance because we're on a very good run at the moment, and I hope it doesn't stop soon," he said.
"Just as long as we get the three points, I'll be happy."