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DPMM FC’s Hougang United match postponed (2020)



A DPMM FC player during a training session. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

BY Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC’s wait for their first league match since the opening game of the season in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) continues after their clash against Hougang United at the Hougang Stadium in Singapore this Sunday was postponed.

In a media statement, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said that it is still working with the club for their travel and logistical arrangements to Singapore.

The football governing body had proposed the Brunei-based outfit to be accommodated in Singapore and play their remaining matches there.

The Gegar Gegar men have also been scheduled to meet Lion City Sailors FC in an away game at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore on October 28.

The fixture list also sees a home match between DPMM FC and Geylang International FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on October 31.

Meanwhile, a number of DPMM FC players have returned to club training after a nine-day national call-up from October 5 to 13 in line with the FIFA calendar window.

The reigning holders have only played once this season during the 2-0 home win against Tampines Rovers FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on March 6.

The league was suspended on March 24 due to the COVID-19 outbreak before it was resumed last weekend.

The season is on track to be completed before the end of the year based on the revised schedule.

This is not the first time that DPMM FC have been involved in a match postponement this season as their tie against Albirex Niigata (S) on March 14 was moved to another date.

All eight clubs based in Singapore returned to action last weekend since the seven-month suspension in line with strict match protocols as advised by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB), Ministry of Health, Sport Singapore (SportSG). Tampines Rovers FC lead the nine-team table with nine points followed by Albirex Niigata (S) in second place with eight points and Balestier Khalsa by virtue of goal difference. The league continues this Saturday with unbeaten Albirex Niigata (S) facing Lion City Sailors while Geylang International take on Balestier Khalsa.

Meanwhile, Tanjong Pagar and Young Lions will look to pick up their first win of the season when they play each other on Sunday.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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