DPMM target new chapter with S.League success

The 1999 Malaysia Cup success remains the centrepiece of Brunei football folkfore till today, but Rosmin Kamis says S.League leaders DPMM FC are aiming to change that by emerging champions after this evening’s final round of matches.

For the captain, success on Friday night will not only deliver the club’s second piece of silverware of the season, but potentially see the class of 2014 surpass their heroes as the talk of the town for years to come - the sweet icing on the cake for locals who had witnessed 1999’s milestone.

“Many of us in this squad still remember the 1999 squad for they brought a huge difference to our country’s football,” the 33-year-old midfielder told FourFourTwo at his team’s base at Peninsula Excelsior Hotel, on the eve of their crunch league finale against deposed champions Tampines Rovers at Jalan Besar Stadium.

“They were our inspiration. My elder brother (Rosaidi Kamis) was part of that team and I grew up watching him play for our national team in the Malaysia Cup.”

All DPMM need to do is defeat Tampines, or achieve a better goal difference at the end of title rivals Warriors FC’s corresponding fixture against Albirex Niigata (Singapore) at Choa Chu Kang, to seal their first Singapore league prize.

The historic feat would erase the heartbreak they suffered two seasons ago when they finished runners-up to eventual winners Tampines on a tense final day.

Having witnessed a huge points lead whittled down in the decisive half-round of the season, Rosmin is determined for his side not to let their chance slip with them at the front foot and in control of the title destiny this time.

“It was different in 2012, because we had more imports and young local players coming up,” he added.

“The team spirit remains strong and we are all eager to play and finish the season on a high. One opportunity is all we will get so there will be a huge celebration for the players, coach and our country if we win the title.”

The Brunei international credited former Blackburn Rovers manager STeve Kean for DPMM’s transformation from 2013’s also-rans to this season’s most feared side in the league.

“Kean made a huge difference with his methods and training systems brought from the English Premier League and changed a lot of things,” he said.

“The way he prepared and motivated all of us, whether we were young or experienced, has made a huge mark on our motivation and focus this season. We are so lucky to have him, and thank the Crown Prince (Brunei’s Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah) for bringing him to this club.”

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