Kean: No time to rest on laurels

Brunei DPMM head coach Steve Kean has urged his charges to keep their feet on the ground despite winning their first piece of silverware this season.

The Wasps lifted the League Cup trophy after defeaqting Tanjong Pagar United 2-0 in the final on Friday evening.

It was the Bruneian outfit’s third triumph in the competition since its inception in 2007, the most by any team that has participated.

However, the former Blackburn Rovers manager is adamant that celebrations are kept to a minimum to stay focused as they bid for an unprecedented treble, potentially rewriting the record books in Singapore football at the same time.

 “I’m delighted (with winning the League Cup),” Kean told FourFourTwo.

“It’s great to win the trophy but I don’t think we can get carried away however. There’s more to come.

“There is not a case where I can jump all over the place because I expected us to win.

“I’m very pleased, I won’t pretend not to be but there’s a lot more business to be done at the minute than just enjoy the trophy on the flight home.

“We really need to go for the title, I want us to win the title, that’s the first thing I wanted to do when I came here.”

The DPMM coach was keen to look at the big picture, having been brought in after a disappointing season last year.

“It’s all about trying to move forward as a club,” he said.

“Last year, the club did not enjoy a great season and I’ve said from day one if we can get what I think is a competitive squad, and we’ve certainly got a great squad, we can have an exceptional season.

“We can have a go at everything. We are a good team, and if we played at the maximum level then I think it will be difficult for other teams to compete against us.

“That’s not me being arrogant, but rather, that’s what I expect from the team now. We’ve come a long way, but I think we can go even further.”

The Wasps are still well placed to take out the other two competitions on offer, with the Bruneian side having qualified for the Singapore Cup Semi-Finals, where last season's winners Home United await.

They are also currently leading the pack in the S.League, holding a slender three point lead over defending champions Tampines Rovers.  

“It’s possible (to win the treble). I don’t know if it will be probable, but it’s definitely possible,” Kean said.

“We are sat in the top of the league but we’ve got four fixtures that won’t be easy although against teams that I will expect us to do well against and that’s before the split (2.5 round).

“And then we’ve got the semi-finals. We’ll put that as a focus but now in the next game (in the league) we’ve just got to get a win and it’s up to other teams to catch us.

“I’ll give the boys a few days off but once the festive period is over we are going to get back it. The next few points are really important we can’t get carried away thinking that anything is going to be easy and we are just going to win the next game.”

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