Brunei DPMM - The view from the fans
While wins are not always guaranteed for DPMM, one thing is certain – Najib Wahab’s appearance at the club’s home games.
The 31-year-old Wasps fan has been supporting the club since 2007, when they were still participating in the Malaysia Super League (MSL).
DPMM played in Malaysia for three seasons before joining the S.League in 2009.
While FIFA’s suspension of the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) meant they were unable to complete their debut year in Singapore, they returned to the league in 2012 where they have stayed ever since.
After four years back in the competition, they picked up their maiden S.League title in 2015 – leaving Najib an ecstatic man.
“I became interested in seriously supporting DPMM because they’re the only Bruneian club which played in an international league,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I was satisfied to see them finishing second in 2012 and 2014, but my best moment has to be in 2015 where they rose up to become champions of the S.League.
My best moment has to be in 2015 where they rose up to become champions of the S.League.
“I was happy to see all my heroes live in action at all the home matches in Bandar Seri Begawan, as well some matches at the Jalan Besar Stadium.”
Najib was keen to laud the impact that head coach Steve Kean has made since arriving in late 2014.
The former Blackburn Rovers tactician managed to improve the fitness of the Bruneian players with his rigorous programme and win the S.League title in just his second season with the club.
“He’s the best coach that I’ve ever seen at DPMM,” said Najib, whose favourite foreign player and local player are top-scorer Rafael Ramazotti and long-serving left-back Sairol Sahari respectively.
“He had managed in the English Premier League and brought these qualities to help us succeed.”
DPMM are virtually unchanged for the upcoming season with the impressive foreign trio of Ramazotti, Paulo Sergio and Brian McLean all being retained.
However, Najib is more pleased to see the impressive Azwan Ali staying for another season. The 24-year-old notched four goals and 13 assists en route to winning the Young Player of the Year award last term.
“I expect Azwan Ali Rahman to shine in 2016 again because he is such a versatile attacking player,” he said.
“With him in the squad, I’m confident that DPMM can go all the way to win all three titles on offer – the S.League, the Singapore Cup and the League Cup."
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