Has DPMM been useful to Singapore?

DPMM FC received the S-League in 2015. (PHOTO: DPMM/FAS)

SINGAPORE — Two-time Singapore Premier League (SPL) champions DPMM FC are set to return to the league after a three-year hiatus.

After sitting out the previous three SPL seasons attributable to COVID-19 journey restrictions, the Brunei-based membership instructed The Straits Instances final week that they’ve obtained affirmation from the Soccer Affiliation of Singapore that they are going to be competing within the upcoming season, which is anticipated to kick off in February.

Whereas the membership have historically been aggressive, and do boast a wholesome crowd at its 28,000-seat Hassanal Bolkiah Nationwide Stadium dwelling floor, it stays a longstanding debate whether or not DPMM is finally useful in elevating the usual of Singapore soccer.

In spite of everything, DPMM are insistent on taking part in their dwelling video games in Bandar Seri Begawan, which is about 1,270 kilometres or a two-hour airplane flight from Singapore.

Not solely will most SPL followers not make the lengthy journey to help their groups on away video games, however in addition they discover it arduous to narrate to a non-Singapore membership hundreds of kilometres away from dwelling.

That is not like the case of Albirex Niigata (Singapore), the opposite membership that consisted primarily of non-Singapore gamers. Regardless of their Japanese roots, Albirex are primarily based in Singapore, have finished spectacular neighborhood outreach work of their Jurong East neighbourhood, and have commonly introduced in promising Singapore-born gamers into their fold.

DPMM have finished none of these, and so the controversy on their SPL participation will persist so long as they aren’t doing so.

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