From left: Razimie Ramlli, Hazwan Hamzah and Wafi Aminuddin in action during the friendly match against Kasuka FC. – PHOTOS: FADHIL YUNUS
BY Fadhil Yunus
DPMM FC have acquired the services of local players Razimie Ramlli, Hazwan Hamzah and Wafi Aminuddin as the three new additions in the 25-member playing squad for the upcoming Singapore Premier League season.
Razimie joined the Gegar Gegar men from DST Super League champions-elect MS ABDB while Hazwan, who joined from Indera SC, returned for a second spell since leaving the club at the end of the 2017 season.
Wafi, who captained the DPMM FC ‘B’ team, has been promoted to the senior side after he caught the attention of head coach Adrian Pennock with a series of stellar performances. At the age of 18, Wafi is the youngest member in the squad.
“I’ve been watching the DPMM FC ‘B’ side and Wafi was playing in the ‘B’ side. He has a good stature and he is strong. He is very young but I want to bring young players through from the ‘B’ side up to the senior side,” Pennock said in an interview with the Bulletin on Tuesday.
“He still has got to learn a lot but he has good tools. He is good on the ball and he reads the game well.”
The head coach also encouraged the teenager to be more vocal in the game, especially for a position which he plays in though he has no doubts about his abilities.
“He is still very quiet at the moment. As a centre-half you have to talk to everybody around you so that’s what he has to bring. Ability wise, he is very good.
“The future is bright with him, he still has got a lot to learn and it’s my job to hopefully teach him and be a better player,” he added.
Pennock also highlighted the qualities of Hazwan, who previously played under former coach Steve Kean.
“In pre-season, he has done very well and he has worked very hard. He is very good in the air. He is not the biggest player in the world but he has a very good spring. He is an aggressive defender which I like. He deserves his contract,” he said.
Pennock is also impressed with the energy of Brunei international Razimie, who bagged a second-half brace during an 8-1 demolition against Kasuka FC in a warm-up match at the Jerudong Mini Stadium on Tuesday.
“He came here on trial so I took a look at him. He has good pace and he is a fox in the box. He has to learn his runs and keep the ball a little bit better but he has a lot of energy which is fantastic.”
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin