Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
DPMM FC cruised to a 5-1 victory over FC Goa in friendly match to give Steve Kean a winning farewell last night at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
Rafael Ramazotti signed off with a hat-trick in his final game for the Brunei side after three seasons in the win.
Skipper Rosmin Hj Md Kamis broke the deadlock before a double by Ramazotti put DPMM FC up 3-0 inside the opening 15 minutes.
The hosts dominated proceedings but failed to add to their tally going into the interval.
Enestar Malngiang pulled one back for Goa before substitute Najib Hj Tarif restored the three-goal cushion for the hosts.
Ramazotti then bagged his third goal of the game with a header off a corner late on to complete the victory.
Organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports,High Commission of India to Brunei and National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD), the friendly was held in conjunction with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddin Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Golden Jubilee.
Kean thanks fans
"To be honest, I always got to look at the bigger picture. It is unusual at this day and age you stay at a club for four years," said Kean after the triumph.
"I would say three out of the four years were fantastic. This year we were disappointing. Some performances we deserved more points but we are where we finished.
"Overall, I loved my time here and just disappointed for the fans that we didn't score 9-10 goals tonight," he added.
"Their goalkeeper made some wonderful saves. This being the last game of the season with me being here, I wanted to get some more goals for the fans, who turned up in numbers. tonight.
"It has been a marvelous experience and the biggest thing is that I want to thank the fans for accepting me throughout Brunei... walking in Tasek Lama or Bandar," continued the Scotsman.
Players can only continue to get better
"The fans will probably see our local players, and that is the most important, have all improved," said the former Blackburn Rovers manager.
"That is way forward for the club. We have a small band of players because of the nature of population.
"So we have to continue to develop and make our own players better. I'm delighted with the improvement technically and tactically. Now what we got to do is improve mentally and get a bit tougher," he added.
"We are such a nice nation. Sometimes when get on the football pitch you have to put that lovely Brunei nature in a box and take out the horrible, nasty will to win and then pick up the beautiful personalities when back in the dressing room," he concluded.