| BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (13 Feb 2009) – Brunei club
DPMM FC have been accepted into the S-League – ending months of speculation as to the club’s future.
DPMM FC were in limbo at the end of last year when the Brunei Amateur Football Association (BAFA) were deregistered by the Brunei’s Registrar of Societies (RoS).
However, DPMM FC have earned a reprieve this week when team manager Pengiran Waslimin Momin confirmed the club’s entry into the Singapore top flight.
“I am feeling very relieved especially since they (FA of Singapore) have allowed us to play 17 games in Brunei,” said Pengiran Waslimin.
“The players have been training hard and we believe we can achieve a top-five finish in our first season.”
Apart from DPMM FC, the other foreign teams in the S-League are Albirex Niigata from Japan and the Super Reds from Korea Republic.
Divided into three rounds, the 33-match 2009 S-League campaign will kick off this Monday with DPMM playing their first game only on 27 Feb 2009.
They will be taking on the Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore with their first home game at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium against the Super Reds on 5 March 2009.
“We are delighted to welcome DPMM FC to the S League,” said Winston Lee, the chief executive officer of the S-League.
DPMM are no strangers to Singapore football, having played in the last three editions of the Singapore Cup.