RHB Singapore Cup – DPMM FC 1 – 0 Pelita Jaya
What a night for DPMM FC last night. Playing against Indonesia’s Pelita Jaya in the RHB Singapore Cup, the Brunei’s beloved team won one nil by Abdelhamid Berguiga in the 76th minute. The Algerian was reported to chased down a long punt and appeared to push the ball past the covering Ardan Aras with his hand, before rounding the Pelita goalkeeper and slotting the ball into the unguarded goal.
Many said that Berguiga used his hand except the referee, T. Arayinthan and his assistant who didnt see if there was a handball. Coach Vjeran Simunic insisted Berguiga did not use his hand for his goal. Fandi Ahmad was clear about how the controversial goal came about.
“In cup competitions only victory is important,” said Vjeran Simunic.
“There was a handball, everyone saw it, but we only have ourselves to blame for the chances that we missed,” said Fandi Ahmad.
The Indonesians piled on the pressure in the last quarter of the game, but the Bruneians hung on grimly to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games, as they qualified for the last eight of the Singapore Cup.
Meanwhile, this Singapore Soccer News site has a list of the S-league top scorers. As of 29 April 2009, Sairol Sahari, spotting DPMM’s jersey # 3 is on the 11th spot sharing 3 goals eight others players in the league. The current top scorer is Gabriel Obatola of Gombak United FC with eight goals.
Click DPMM FC’s website.