DPMM FC coach Vjeran Simunic had the birthday gift he craved for as his team continued its 100% home record, beating powerhouse SAFFC 2-1 at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last evening to move to the top of the league. Algerian striker Abdel Hamid Berguiga scored the winning goal in the 47th minute but it was not smooth sailing for the home side, as a sending-off for Pg Sallehuddin Damit and a late goal by SAFFC heightened the tension in the last ten minutes of the match.
Ivan Jerkovic had given DPMM an ideal start, scoring from a counterattack. Azwan Salleh started the move by firing a long pass to Berguiga down the left wing. The Algerian then squared an intelligent pass to the unmarked Jerkovic down the right before firing in a low drive past Shahril Jantan in the seventh minute. The home side could have doubled or even tripled their lead, but it was their finishing that let them down. The Warriors had their moments too in the first half through their veteran captain Aleksandar Duric but both his headers towards goal were dealt with easily by Wardun Yussof in goal.
Berguiga, no spring chicken himself at 34, proved his critics wrong with a vintage display upfront, constantly troubling the likes of Daniel Bennett and Kenji Arai in defence. He had made it into the first team due to Oh Ddog Yi’s suspension, and the Algerian made an impact despite missing a hat-trick of chances in the first half. His hard work eventually paid off early in the second period, as he gave the Wasps a two-goal cushion in the 47th minute. Rene Komar sent a long pass into the heart of SAFFC defence where Berguiga had been a constant aerial threat. The Algerian then collected the pass and shrugged off Arai and Bennett before slotting the ball past Shahril, bringing the strong 10,000 crowd into a frenzy. The Singaporeans were given a lifeline after Sallehuddin received his marching orders for his second bookable offence in the 78th minute. The one-man disadvantage prompted Simunic to bring in fresh legs in defence. Thai import Therdsak Chaiman was industrious in midfield, constantly endeavouring to unlock DPMM’s stubborn defence. His pace and quick passing gave the home crowd something to worry about and late in the game, his battling performance was rewarded with a goal from a freekick. In the 89th minute, the Thai midfielder curled in a freekick to reduce the deficit to 1-2 after Subhi Abdilah fouled an SAFFC attacker outside the penalty box. That set things up for another tense affair with four minutes of injury time. With virtually seconds remaining, the Warriors were again given a freekick from 25 yards. However, DPMM’s defence stood firm this time and the referee blew the full-time whistle to the delight of the home supporters. Simunic, who turned 55 last night, found delight in the result but still felt his birthday celebration had not been made ideal. “I made a Barcelona type of match here. I’m disappointed it wasn’t 30,000 fans watching the match. We prepared very well for this game. It was fun and sweet,” commented the DPMM coach. When asked if this is the best result, he replied, “I like all my results. I enjoy all my victories and I’m very happy with my players.” His counterpart, Richard Bok, praised DPMM for being organised and discipline. “You can see that DPMM were hungrier and they created more chances than us. In the first half, we were lethargic but we were better in the second half. “We will be bounce back from this result and be stronger in the next game. We can only look forward now. We may have lost the battle but not the war.”
Smile and others will smile back. Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say nor your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile.(Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Astral America," America (1986, trans. 1988).)
To win hearts, smile kindly on people's weaknesses.(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
You took my heart in your hand With a friendly smile, With a critical eye you scanned, Then set it down, And said: It is still unripe, Better wait awhile; (Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. Twice (l. 9-14). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 1. R. W. Crump, ed. (1979) Louisiana State University É Press.)
The Athens Olympics will be meaningful even though I cannot participate as an athlete, since I can participate in the flame relay all over the world. - Cathy Freeman (Australian athlete, 2000 Summer Olympics)
Perhaps I don't give the impression that I'm hurting on the track. But that is because I am animated by an interior force which covers my suffering. - Noureddine Morceli (Algerian athlete, 1996 Summer Olympics)
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. - Duffy Raul - June 3, 1877 - d. March 23, 1953
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. - Duffy Raul - June 3, 1877 - d. March 23, 1953
A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm. - Duffy Raul - June 3, 1877 - d. March 23, 1953
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music. - Duffy Raul - June 3, 1877 - d. March 23, 1953
You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. - Duffy Raul - June 3, 1877 - d. March 23, 1953
“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.” - (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)
“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.” - Ivan Panin quotes (Russian mathematician1855-1942)
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”- Mahatma Gandhi quotes (Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948)
“All that we do is done with an eye to something else” - Aristotle quotes (Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scientist and Physician, 384 BC-322 BC)
I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.-Jean Paul Sartre - 21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980
He who understands you is greater kin to you than your own brother. For even your own kindred neither understand you nor know your true worth. ~ Jean Paul Sartre - 21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980
~ A brother is a friend given by Nature.~Jean Paul Sartre - 21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.~ Jean Paul Sartre - 21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980 Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.~Jean Paul Sartre - 21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. - Umberto Eco (1932 - ), Travels in Hyperreality
"At the end of this day, one shall stand, one shall fall!" - Optimus Prime
"For now, the Decepticon legions are vanguished. And fate has yielded its reward- A new world to call home. We live amongst its people now, hiding in plain site...But watching over them in secret. Waiting. Protecting. I have witnessed their capacity for courage. And though we are worlds apart, like us, there is more to them then meets the eye. I am Optimus Prime. And I send this message to any Autobots seeking refuge amongst the stars. You are not alone. We are here. We are waiting." - Optimus Prime
"We were once brothers...but he turned his armies against us. For their betrayal, all those who follow Megatron bear the name, Decepticons."
"... like us, there's more to them than meets the eye. I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to any surviving autobots taking refuse among the stars. we are here, we are waiting."
"...taking the children...... was a BIG mistake!"- Optimus Prime
“There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: / The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; / The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; / The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; / The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.”~ M.Ghandi
“Religion was nearly dead because there was no longer real belief in future life; but something was struggling to take its place -- service -- social service -- the ants creed, the bees creed.” ~Charles Darwin from The Evolution of Species