Pennock wants team to become league champions

DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock (L) instructs his players during a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock expressed his desire to win the AIA Singapore Premier League championship title ahead of their highly anticipated clash against Warriors FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas tonight. The head coach hailed the role of his players since he took charge at the helm, adding that they deserved the title with the effort that they have put in throughout the season.

“Since day one, every single player has been absolutely fantastic. Honestly, I’m desperate for them to be champions of the Singapore Premier League,” Pennock told Weekend Bulletinafter the team’s training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.

“The players deserve it. They listened and they learnt, and they took on board what I want from them.”

The head coach explained he does not see the need to make any changes to their game until the end of the season.

“I don’t think we should be cautious or careful. I think we should be doing what we’ve been doing all season. The football that we’ve been playing has been very good, very organised, solid and strong.

“I want us to go for three points like we do every week. Nothing changes and the boys know what I want from them.

“I think it’s been a very good season whatever happens from now. I don’t think anybody would have thought that with three games to go we would have been on top (of the league) with a game in hand obviously.

“It’s very exciting times. We have to finish the job off now. Obviously, Warriors will be a difficult game, they beat Albirex couple of weeks ago which I went and saw.

“We have to be focussed and keep it one game at a time.”

Competition for places has been healthy with fullback Awangku Fakharrazi emerging as one of the standout performers in the recent triumph against Albirex Niigata (S).

Pennock has a host of options capable of playing in the starting line-up.

“Fakha has a good competition with Helmi (Zambin). We have good competition all over the pitch. Any player whose form is dipped or little bit fatigued, I have no problem putting anybody in,” added the former Gillingham manager.

The head coach rated Warriors forward Jonathan Behe as a top player, but warned they would also have to watch out for the entire squad.

“Jonathan (Behe) is a very good player. He scored a wonderful goal against Albirex. But, we have to be worried about 10 other players as well.”

“But Behe is a very good footballer. He has two players up top with him. They are a strong side.”

He also explained that injury problems have been minimal this season. “I think we only have two muscle injuries all season which is fantastic.”

The Brunei-based outfit will miss the services of striker Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman tonight, who is out through suspension.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin