Abd Mu'iz Sisa (C) during a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium last month. Picture: BT/Yee Chun Leong

DPMM FC have signed left-back Abd Mu’iz Sisa to replace the injured Sairol Hj Sahari for the rest of their Singapore League (S-League) campaign.

Sairol had started the first eight matches for the defending champions before rupturing his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium in April.

He will miss the rest of the season and Najib Hj Tarif became the first choice player for the position.

DPMM FC then went in search of another left-back putting Abd Mu’iz on trial in the middle of last month before he put pen to paper last Wednesday.

However, he will have to wait before making his debut as he has yet to take the mandatory S-League fitness test.

The 25-year-old, who laced up for Indera SC including winning the DST Super League back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 prior to joining DPMM FC, is excited to sign with the defending champions and hopes to make his presence felt.

“Syukur Alhamdulillah. This is a new environment for me to be given this opportunity to play with DPMM FC,” said Abd Mu’iz in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

“Thanks to Allah SWT that with so many players in Brunei that I was selected to join this professional team. I want to make my family and of course my country proud,” he added.

“I want to prove to coach (Steve Kean), who gave me this opportunity, that he didn’t make a mistake to choose me for this team. I will give my 100 per cent for the team.

“I hope that I’ll be able to break into the first 11 so that I can prove that the things I learnt from the beginning of my career are worth it,” continued Abd Mu’iz, who was part of the 2012 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy winning side.

He felt that he hasn’t had any problems settling with the team having played with most of the players before. Azwan Ali Rahman, Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos, Md Khairul Anwar Abd Rahim, Reduan Hj Petara and Nur Ikhwan Othman were all his teammates at Indera SC.

“So far I enjoy playing with this team. Besides, most of the players used to play with me before so it is easier to catch up with their steps,” said Abd Mu’iz, who represented Brunei in the pre-qualifiers of the World Cup against Chinese-Taipei last year.

“So far, the system of training is more or the less the same that I’m used to. It is tougher though as we know DPMM FC are playing in a professional league,” he added.

Kean is impressed with the showing of the left-back on the training ground so far and believes that Mu’iz is a good addition.

“He has been excellent and fantastic. He is really cultured as a footballer. More importantly he is somebody who knows the position,” said the Scotsman.

“He is a natural left-back and he likes to defend. When we do have the ball, he is good going forward. So he’ll be a great addition. I thought it would take him longer but he has been superb,” he concluded.
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INDERA SC and Kasuka FC have been banned from their next two games, as a result of the abandonment of their DST Super League match last month, which was marred in violence.
The teams, who were fined $500 each after being found guilty of misconduct, will have their points awarded to their opponents.
Two Indera SC players have been suspended and fined following the fiasco on March 27.
Hardi Bujang was banned for two matches and fined $500 after he was found guilty of violence and unsporting conduct.
His teammate Sahrin Momin was fined $250 and given one-match suspension for misconduct against match officials.
Failure to pay the fines will result in further suspensions.
All parties have three days to appeal the decision.
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An Indera SC players (4th R) talking to the referee during their DST Super League game against Kasuka FC on March 27. BT file

THE National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam’s (NFABD) Disciplinary Committee yesterday fined Kasuka FC and Indera Sports Club and their players after finding them guilty of violent conduct and misconduct in their DST Super League match on March 27 which was abandoned due to heated arguments.

The game at the Berakas Sports Complex was stopped minutes before the break in an incident which started when Kasuka’s Afindi Yati Tuah was challenged by Indera’s Sahrin Momin.

The referee approached the two players but sent off a different Indera player, Hardi Bujang, which saw tension arise between the players and match officials.

Sahrin angrily made his way to the referee but was pulled away and restrained by Kasuka’s Pg Shahruddin Pg Hj Md Tejuddin.

Dissatisfied Indera supporters started voicing their displeasure at the match officials, and the referee decided to call off the match as he was concerned for his and the other match officials’ safety.

NFABD’s Disciplinary Committee, which met yesterday to review the reports of the match coordinator, the referee, acting director of competitions, team managers and video footage of the match - with reference to the NFABD Disciplinary Code and Code of Conduct of NFABD - unanimously agreed to uphold the referee’s decision to cancel the match.

The committee also agreed to fine both Indera SC and Kasuka FC $500 each after being found guilty of misconduct (Article 53).

“Each team will be fined $500 and given seven days to pay,” stated NFABD in a press release yesterday.

“Failure to pay within the given period (will see) each team suspended from playing in two games and points awarded to their opponents,” it added.

Hardi was found guilty of violent conduct and has been given a two-game suspension and a $500 fine while Sahrin was found guilty of misconduct against match officials and has been handed a one-game suspension and a fine of $250, stated the press release.

Both players have been given seven days to pay the fine, failing which Hardi will be given an additional two-game suspension and Sahrin a one-game suspension.

The clubs and players have three days to appeal yesterday’s decisions.
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Opposition players and officials confronting each other during the match. – FADHIL YUNUS

THE Brunei DST Super League match between Indera SC and Kasuka FC has to be called off after angry scenes unfolded following an off-the-ball incident just two minutes shy off half-time at the Berakas Sports Complex yesterday.

The episode began as soon as a Kasuka player has just cleared a ball when both sets of players raced to each other seemingly in discontentment with Kasuka’s Afindi Yati Tuah lying to the ground before the referee approached a match official for a view on the incident.

Both set of players waited for the judgment as the referee flashed the red card to Indera’s Hardi Bujang prompting a tirade of verbal exchanges between both clubs and the match officials.

Hardi returned to the pitch clearly annoyed by the actions of his former QAF team-mate and had to be separated from each other as Afindi continued lying in the ground.

Tempers frayed as the incident triggered a major unrest among the Indera SC supporters which subsequently came to a fiery end as both sides were ushered to the dressing rooms.
It would be the final time that the players were on the pitch with the decision being made to stop the match in light of the incident fearing the safety of the match officials.

A representative from National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has announced that the league match between Indera SC and Kasuka FC has been called off due to unforeseen circumstances.

The country’s football governing body will be investigating the incident and the decision to overrule the red card to Indera’s player Hardi Bujang is yet to be known.

Meanwhile, Wijaya FC racked up their second successive victory of the campaign after a 2-0 win over MS PDB with Awangku Anaqi Sufi bin Pengiran Omar Baki and Mohd Shah Azahar Abdullah Ahar grabbing the goals.

Tabuan Under-21 also notched their second victory of the season after beating Lun Bawang 3-1 at the Batu Apoi Sports Complex in the Temburong district.

Tabuan Under-21 forward Nursyazwan Halidi opened the scoring in the 20th minute before Abd Afiq Roslan doubled the advantage in the 40th minute.

Amir Bujang reduced the arrears for the hosts in the hour mark but Tabuan Under-21 restored the two-goal cushion through Abd Khair Haji Basri’s strike in the 64th minute.
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THE Brunei DST Super League match between former two-time champions Indera Sports Club (SC) and newly-promoted Kasuka FC was abandoned due to a heated argument between the two teams yesterday.

The incident occurred just two minutes before the half-time whistle blew when Kasuka’s Afindi Yati Tuah laid on the pitch at the Berakas Sports Complex after being challenged by Indera’s Sahrin Momin.

The referee then approached the two players and sent off a different Indera player, Hardi Bujang – the decision sparked heated exchanges between the players and match officials.

Sahrin, who was left dissatisfied with the referee’s decision tried to make his way to the referee in rage.

However, he was then pulled away and restrained by Afindi’s fellow teammate, Pg Shahruddin Pg Hj Md Tejuddin.

Frustrations between the two teams loomed and the incident then provoked a disruption amongst Indera’s supporters who called for proper decision from the match officials.

The decision to call off the match was then made by the referee who was concerned of his and other match officials' safety, 15 minutes after both teams were led back into their respective changing rooms.

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) has confirmed that the match will be rescheduled in due time and the incident will be under investigation by the governing body’s tournament department.

Meanwhile, the other DST Super League match saw Wijaya FC beat The Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) 2-0 at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

Early goal from Ak Anaqi Sufi Pg Omar Baki in the 10th minute and second half goal from Shah Azahar Abdullah sealed Wijaya’s first win of the season.

Lun Bawang fell 3-1 against Tabuan Muda Under-21 (national under-21 team) in another DST Super League match held in Batu Apoi Sports Complex, Temburong.

Goals from Nursyazwan Halidi and Abd Afiq Roslan in the first half sealed Tabuan’s first three points of the season.

Lun Bawang’s Amir Bujang pulled one back in the 60th minute, before Tabuan Muda’s Abd Khair Hj Basri scored four minutes later.
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FORMER two-time DST Super League champions Indera SC (Sports Club) sent a message to this season’s DST Super League title contenders after crushing hapless Jerudong FC 7-0 last night in their season opening match last night.

Indera broke the deadlock early in just a minute into the game after Muis Sisa’s shot deflected from Jerudong’s goalkeeper Mohd Shopian Mat Said – who failed to contain the shot at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

Jerudong FC refused to falter despite trailing 1-0, as their play-maker Sufri Mohaimin attempted to score before being denied by Indera’s goalkeeper, Ak Omar Nur Aqammaddin Pg Hj Sallehuddin.

Indera doubled their advantage after Muis scored his bracer of the night sliding past Jerudong’s defenders in the 14th minute.

Four minutes later, Indera’s Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman toyed with Jerudong’s abysmal defence as they made it 3-0 after his shot went through.

Jerudong stood no chance to Indera’s rain of shots as they made it 4-0 in the 34th minute after Hamizan Aziz’s second goal of the night found its way into Jerudong’s net.

Hamizan Aziz sealed a hat-trick and added goal number five in the 45th minute against Jerudong’s already beaten spirit just before the half time whistle.

Second half saw a more confident Jerudong FC despite trailing 5-0, however Indera proved themselves too strong as Safwan Amaluddin Sabli got his name on the score sheet in the 56th minute making it 6-0.

Indera showed no mercy as they made it into seventh heaven after Hamizan Aziz sealed his fourth and last goal of the night in the 64th minute.

Indera head coach Hj Omar Hj Jamil was delighted with the win, however insisted that it is too early to determine their new season’s expectations.

“7-0 is a solid win and yes it does send a message to title contenders that we are serious,” said Hj Omar in a post-match interview with The Brunei Times.

Meanwhile, Tabuan Muda (national under-23 team) thrashed newly-promoted Kota Ranger FC at the Berakas Sports Complex 5-1 last night. Kota Ranger were crowned champions of last year’s DST Premier League, ending the season with unbeaten record of nine wins and one draw to earn their spot in the elite DST Super League.
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ROYAL Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) won the DST Sumbangsih Cup for the second time after edging Indera Sports Club (SC) 2-1 in the traditional curtain raiser last night.

The club’s best player last season, striker Azizi Ali Rahman and defender Hj Mohd Yussof Hj Mat Yassin both found the net for the defending DST Super League champions at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

“It wasn’t an easy game…we worked hard until the end to win…and I am very happy for the club to win this Cup for the second time,” said MS ABDB manager Major (A) Razanol Hardi Abd Razak in an interview with The Brunei Times after the match.

MS ABDB lifted the first Sumbangsih Cup title in 2014 defeating same opponent Indera with a 2-1 score line.

“I am very proud of my players, they managed to control their temper throughout the match and keep their calm…we know a match against Indera is always going to be intense, but I think my players handled it pretty well,” he added.

The first 15 minutes of the game saw both sides were out of sync in their attempt to find the net with some missed shots and sloppy passes.

Indera managed to string some good passes together and slowly winning the battle in midfield with their one-two passes and ability to spread the play wide.

Meanwhile, the army men were resorting to long ball play and shooting from distance.

They nearly scored when their captain Ak Safri Pg Othman blasted from 20 metres out, but Indera’s goalkeeper Mohd Ahsanuddin Hj Mohd Dani kept the ball out with an acrobatic save.

Azizi showed his goal-scoring prowess for the MS ABDB when he fired a right footer into the bottom right corner to put his team ahead in the 31st minute.

Indera responded when Mohd Nur Ikhmal Damit was set free in the penalty box by Asri Hj Aspar, but the midfielder’s weak shot went straight into the arms of MS ABDB goalkeeper Mohd Tarmizi Hj Mat Johari.

The second-half saw Indera got off to a strong start with a beautiful play by Muiz Sisa and Asri at the left flank.

The duo set Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman unmarked at the edge of the penalty box.

The striker unleashed a powerful shot, but goalkeeper Mohd Tarmizi made a spectacular finger-tip save to keep his team in lead.

Indera new player Hardi Bujang settled well in the team displaying calm and composed play throughout the game alongside Shahrin Hj Momin.

But the team lacked the flare in the attack with striker Mohd Hamizan Abdul Aziz Sulaiman their only forward.

Azizi was taken off with a suspected injury midway in the second-half and was replaced by Razimie Ramli.

Razimi made an immediate impact just a few minutes later beating Indera’s offside trap to latch onto a long ball from the midfield, but the striker was brought down by Mohd Ahsanuddin with a dangerous two footed tackle at the edge of the penalty box.

The goalkeeper was sent off for the challenge and replaced by Ak Omar Nuraqamaddin Pg Salehuddin.

Hj Mohd Yussof would convert the ensuing free-kick to double MS ABDB lead in the 73rd minute.

Asri scored a consolation in the 89th minute, but MS ABDB would defend their one goal lead until the final whistle.

Present as the guest of honour last night was Hj Amer Iskandar Pehin Dato Hj Zakaria, the Assistant General Manager (Business Division) of DST.
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