Thursday, June 18, 2009


SAF v DPMM League Cup Final Preview

Route to the Final

Group Stage
Beat Albirex Niigata (S) 1-0 Lost Brunei DPMM FC 0-3
3-0 Beat Albirex Niigata (S) 2-0
Quarter Final
Beat Geylang United 5-3 Beat Tampines Rovers 1-1 (aet)
(SAFFC won 4-3 on Penalties)
Semi Final

Beat Woodlands Wellington 2-1 Beat Home United 2-0

Suspension List

Team No. Player Match Affected

Brunei DPMM FC 6 Pg Sallehuddin Damit Final
Brunei DPMM FC 10 Abdelhamid Berguiga Final
Woodlands Wellington 2 Jalal Third Place Playoff
Woodlands Wellington 5 Daniel Hammond Third Place Playoff
Woodlands Wellington 6 Anaz Hadee Third Place Playoff
Woodlands Wellington 7 Ismadi Mukhtar Third Place Playoff
Woodlands Wellington 10 Luis Eduardo Hicks Third Place Playoff

Prize Money

Champion - $20,000.00
Runner-Up - $10,000.00
Third Place - $5,000.00

Previous Final and Third Place Playoff Results

Final Woodlands Wellington 4-0 Sengkang Punggol
3rd Place Playoff Gombak United 1-1 Home United
(9-8 on Penalties)

Final Gombak United 2-1 Super Reds
3rd Place Playoff Balestier Khalsa 3-2 Young Lions

Match Proceedings In The Event The Scores Are Tied After 90 Minutes of Regulation Time


In the event the scores are tied after 90 minutes of regulation time, 30 minutes of extra time (two halves of 15 minutes each) will be played.

In the event that the scores are still tied after 30 minutes of extra time, the winner shall be determined by kicks from the penalty mark.

Third Place Playoff

In the event the scores are tied after 90 minutes of regulation time, the winner shall be determined by kicks from the penalty mark.

Ticketing Details

Tickets priced at $5 for Adults and $1 for Students (up to ITE and JC level) and Senior Citizens (60 years and above) will be on sale on Friday 19 June at the South Gate of Jalan Besar Stadium from 4pm onwards.

Live Telecast

The League Cup Final will be shown ‘Live’ on Football Channel (Ch 27) as well as on StarHub’s Preview Channel (Ch01) starting with the Preview Show at 7.35pm.

Non-StarHub TV subscribers can tune their TV sets manually to UHF 527.25 Mhz to receive StarHub’s Preview Channel.

Selected Quotes from the Pre-Match Press Conference

Vjeran Simunic (Brunei DPMM FC Coach) – It’s not easy playing against the same opponents for the third time. Two of my players will be missed but I trust my guys from the bench. It should be an open game and I will like to congratulate my team and staff for reaching the final.

Richard Bok (SAFFC Coach) – It’s the first time for us that we have reached the League Cup Final and it’s not been easy for us to get here. We’ve not been playing all that well but neither have we been playing badly. I hope we have a good game tomorrow.

Aleksandar Duric (SAFFC Captain) – It’s no surprise to see DPMM in the final as they are probably playing some of the best football in the league. It’s great for my team to be in the final and I hope we get a good crowd in to catch what will certainly be a very good final.

Rosmin Kamis (Brunei DPMM FC stand-in Captain) – We hope that we will be the first foreign team to win a trophy in Singapore.

Bok – (When asked if his team will be under greater pressure as they will be ‘representing’ Singapore) Teams like us are constantly under pressure and with a team like ours, we are used to dealing with pressure.

Simunic – (When asked whether DPMM should be the favourites for tomorrow) You cannot really tell who are the real favourites. Up till now, we’ve lost only two games and in a mini-league of the Big 4, we are top of the table. However, I am not crazy (to say that we will definitely win tomorrow) but my team is hungry and we are ready and maybe they (SAFFC) are a little tired.

Duric – (When asked how important is this League Cup Final to them especially after being knocked out of both the AFC Champions League and RHB Singapore Cup) Every final is important. We want to win trophies and this trophy is the one that is missing from our trophy cabinet. That’s what we are in football for; to win trophies and medals. For tomorrow, it doesn’t matter who scores, as long as we end up on the winning side.

League Cup Final 2009 in numbers

2 Number of defeats Brunei DPMM FC have suffered so far in all competitions

2 Number of players in the teams playing in the final that have won a League Cup winners medal before (SAFFC’s Ahmed Latiff and Park Tae Won were part of Woodlands’ 2007 League Cup winning team, DPMM FC’s Oh Ddog Yi was playing for Super Reds who lost in last year’s final)

2 Number of matches that have gone into penalty kicks in this year’s tournament

4 Number of goals Ivan Jerkovic of DPMM FC have scored in the League Cup, making him the top scorer of this year’s competition so far

5 Number of trophies SAFFC have won in the last three years under Coach Richard Bok

5 Number of goals DPMM FC have scored past SAFFC in their two matches so far (2-1 win in the S.League and 3-0 win in the League Cup Group Stage)

7 Number of penalties saved or missed in SAFFC’s win over Tampines Rovers in the quarter-finals on penalties

8 Number of goals scored in DPMM FC’s 5-3 win over Geylang United in their quarter-final clash – the highest scoring match of this year’s competition

13 Number of League Cup 2009 matches shown ‘live’ and exclusive on the Football Channel (Ch 27)

24 Number of seconds for Ruhaizad Ismail to find the net for the fastest goal of the season in Gombak United’s 1-0 win over Balestier Khalsa in the first match of the 2009 League Cup

48 Number of goals scored so far in the 2009 League Cup

268 Aleksandar Duric’s injury time goal against Home United in the semi-final was his 268th in domestic club football since his first year in the S.League in 1999

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