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New DPMM FC coach calls for good football

DPMM FC newly-appointed head coach Rene Weber (centre) discusses with his coaching staff during a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium

BY  Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC newly-appointed head coach Rene Weber has expressed his desire to assemble a team which plays good football and importantly register a victory ahead of the new season. The Brunei-based outfit entered a new chapter at least in managerial terms as the experienced Brazilian succeeds S League title-winning coach Steve Kean who served the club for four years.

DPMM FC are in the early stages of pre-season with the local players returning after a 40-day break while nine foreign players are also currently on trial as they look to cement a spot in one of the four possible quotas.

Weber outlined his plans of how he would like his new side perform in what could be a new-look side.

“I hope we can do a good season. My big task here is I want to play football and win. Sometimes you play beautiful football but don’t win,” said Weber in an interview with the Bulletin after a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium yesterday.

“Football is the best entertainment around the world. Everybody likes football so to bring the crowd to the stadium they must see good football,” he further added.

“The main target is to play strong football and win the game. When you lose the ball, you must fight and with the ball, you play.”

He has also set a top-four target in the league adding that they will take it a game at a time.

With the players just returning from a lengthy layoff, Weber is also cautious that players do not pick up any injury before the start of the season.

“We start step by step. I think after two weeks we can take some good conditioning work and start to train more strongly, with more speed and more power. Now we’re just in the beginning and taking care of the injury.

“I don’t want to lose players in the beginning. Around the world we take care of this.

“The main point is I want DPMM FC to play very good football. This is our target,” the former Brazil under-20 national coach said.

Brunei is the fifth country outside Brazil in which Weber has stepped foot following experiences in Portugal, Peru, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

“I played and worked in Portugal as a player and coach. After that, I was in Peru as the main coach and then worked in Dubai, UAE for four years,” said the former Vitoria de Guimaraes midfielder.

Weber was also part of the coaching staff in the Qatar national team that tried to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Maroons were drawn in a tough group which included the likes of much-fancied South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan and Lebanon.

The former Sao Paolo assistant manager also emphasised the importance of exposing young players into the team to enhance their education in football.

“We have around seven or eight under-23 players. We bring them in to see how they play to prepare them for the future.”

Weber is excited with the prospect of managing his new club and has also heard that they were crowned champions in 2015.

“It is a very strong challenge for me. You have strong competition here in Southeast Asia. I hope to prepare young players for the future,” he said.

DPMM FC has also roped in Luciano Ilha, who formed a seven-year partnership with Weber, as the new fitness coach.

--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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