Singapore Premier League • November 6, 2015

Wasps Seeking To Avoid Meltdown


Written by: Shawn Lim

Warriors FC vs Brunei DPMM

(6 Nov, Friday, 7.30pm, Choa Chu Kang Stadium)

Brunei DPMM will have a golden opportunity to make up for lost ground when they pay a visit to Warriors FC on Friday night.

The Wasps have not had a good run of results of late, losing two consecutive games in a row to Tampines Rovers and Geylang International, resulting in the failure to make any significant progress in their quest to win the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League title.

While the Bruneians remain at the summit, it is starting to look reminiscent of their campaign last year, where they only picked pick up maximum points in one of the last five games to concede the title to Warriors FC on the last day of the season.

DPMM coach Steve Kean shot down any claims that his players are feeling a sense of deja vu, insisting that his team is capable of achieving maximum points in their last two games of the season.

“Every season is different, we were in a great position last year but I think more than anything, we were mentally tired with the international games that we had to play,” the Scot asserted after his side’s 2-1 loss to Eagles.

“There’s no time to feel sorry, we just need to pick ourselves up, get back to our hotel to do our recovery session tomorrow and when you get a result like that, you hope that the games are coming around quick.”

However, the Wasps will first need to overcome defending champions Warriors, who despite being virtually out of the title race, are not in a giving mood.

“We are not looking to do any teams any favour…. If the result favour them, that’s good for them but we will just play all out to get the three points,” caretaker coach Razif Onn said after his side’s goalless draw with Tampines.

“I think we played much better [tonight] than in the defeat to Albirex.

“Anything can happen in football… hopefully we will come back when we play against DPMM this Friday.”

Key Men To Watch

Warriors FC: Fazrul Nawaz

With 18 goals to his name already this season, Fazrul is on track to become the first ever local-born player to win the top scorer award.

However, with DPMM’s Rafael Ramazotti one goal ahead of him in the standings and two games left in the season, the 30-year-old striker will have to bang in more goals.

Brunei DPMM: Azwan Ali

The 23-year-old winger was suspended in the Wasps’ loss to Geylang and his presence was sorely missed when his team were chasing the equaliser in the final period of the game.

With the tricky player back, DPMM will have more firepower to break down the Warriors’ defence and take a huge step towards the elusive title.

Warriors FC – DLLWL

02/11/15  Tampines Rovers 0-0 Warriors FC (S.League)

30/10/15  Warriors FC 1-2 Albirex Niigata (S) (S.League)

26/10/15  Warriors FC 2-0 Hougang United (S.League)

21/10/15  Home United 2-1 Warriors FC (S.League)

16/10/15  Courts Young Lions 2-1 Warriors FC (S.League)


03/11/15  Geylang International 2-1 Brunei DPMM (S.League)

28/10/15  Brunei DPMM 0-1 Tampines Rovers (S.League)

23/10/15  Harimau Muda 0-2 Brunei DPMM (S.League)

20/10/15  Hougang United 1-2 Brunei DPMM (S.League)

17/10/15  Brunei DPMM 4-4 Home United (S.League)

Head To Head (S.League)

19/08/15  Brunei DPMM 2-0 Warriors FC

24/04/15  Warriors FC 1 – 3 Brunei DPMM

07/10/14  Brunei DPMM 2 – 3 Warriors FC

22/05/14  Warriors FC 1 – 0 Brunei DPMM

28/02/14  Brunei DPMM 2 – 0 Warriors FC