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Abdul Azizi
Born 17 January 1987(1987-01-17) (age 33)
Brunei

Soldadu Abdul Azizi bin Ali Rahman is a Bruneian footballer who plays for DPMM FC of the Singaporean S.League as well as the Brunei national football team as a striker. He is the current leading goalscorer of the Brunei Super League since its establishment in 2012.

Club career[edit | edit source]

Abdul Azizi began playing for the football team of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces in 2009.[1] He has won the Brunei FA Cup with MS ABDB for 4 consecutive times, scoring in the 2015 final.[2][3][4][5] He had once scored 6 goals in one match, in an 11–1 victory over Najip FC in 2013.[6]

He became the overall top scorer in the 2016 Brunei Super League with 8 goals to his name.[7] He repeated this feat in the 2017–18 season, bagging 28 goals.[8] Altogether he has won three championships and five FA Cup winner's medals with MS ABDB before his departure in 2018.

Abdul Azizi officially joined DPMM FC on 13 February 2018, uniting him with his younger brother Azwan who has been playing there since 2013.[9] He made his Singapore Premier League debut on 24 May against Young Lions in a 1-1 draw, coming on for brother Azwan in the 70th minute. Azizi made his first start at home against Hougang United on 18 August in place of the suspended Ukrainian Volodymyr Pryyomov and duly scored a hat-trick to send DPMM to a 3–1 victory.[10] Under Renê Weber, Abdul Azizi made only two starts in 15 appearances in the 2018 season.

After the appointment of Adrian Pennock as DPMM head coach in 2019, Abdul Azizi became a regular in the starting lineup, partnering Andrey Varankow in a 3-5-2 formation.[11] He opened his account for the season in a 2–0 victory at home to Home United on 4 May.[12] He altogether bagged six goals for DPMM, including the winner in a 0–1 away victory against Young Lions FC, to help his side clinch the Singapore Premier League title.[13][14]

International career[edit | edit source]

Abdul Azizi made his international debut against Chinese Taipei on 12 March 2015, coming on for his brother Azwan Ali Rahman in the 75th minute of the 2018 World Cup qualifier first leg, which ended 1–0 to the Wasps.[15] He came off the bench for an injured Fakharrazi Hassan on 22 minutes in the second leg on 17 March, the final result was a 0–2 reverse which eliminated Brunei from the 2018 World Cup.[16][17]

Abdul Azizi scored his first international goal against Cambodia in a friendly match on 3 November 2015. Despite opening the scoring, Brunei lost 1–6.[18] He played a bit-part role in Brunei's international tournament outings of 2016, namely the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification and the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup.

Abdul Azizi was to play a huge role by newly-appointed Brunei coach Robbie Servais for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualification matches in June 2019, but Abdul Azizi declined the callup due to unknown reasons.[19]

Honours[edit | edit source]

Team[edit | edit source]

MS ABDB
DPMM FC

Individual[edit | edit source]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Abdul Azizi's younger brother Azwan is also a Bruneian international who is his teammate at DPMM FC.[20] His cousin Hendra Azam Idris is also another one of his teammates.[21]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Five-star MS ABDB gun down Wijaya". The Brunei Times. 3 November 2009. http://www.bt.com.bn/sport-national/2009/11/03/five-star-ms-abdb-gun-down-wijaya. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  2. "ABDB gun down Wijaya to clinch Cup". The Brunei Times. 31 August 2008. http://www.bt.com.bn/sport/2008/08/31/abdb_gun_down_wijaya_to_clinch_cup. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  3. "ABDB deny QAF FC history". The Brunei Times. 18 April 2008. http://www.bt.com.bn/sport-national/2010/04/18/abdb-deny-qaf-fc-history. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  4. "FOOTBALL MS ABDB win DST FA Cup". The Brunei Times. 11 December 2012. http://www.bt.com.bn/2012/12/11/football-ms-abdb-win-dst-fa-cup. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  5. "MS ABDB champions". The Brunei Times. 5 January 2015. http://www.bt.com.bn/sports-national/2015/01/05/ms-abdb-champions. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  6. "MS ABDB back on top after Najip thrashing". The Brunei Times. 2 February 2013. http://www.bt.com.bn/2013/02/02/ms-abdb-back-top-after-najip-thrashing. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  7. "MS ABDB crowned DST Super League champions". The Brunei Times. 1 October 2016. http://www.bt.com.bn/sports-national/2016/10/01/ms-abdb-crowned-dst-super-league-champions. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  8. "MS ABDB juara Liga Super DST". Media Permata. 12 February 2018. https://mediapermata.com.bn/ms-abdb-juara-liga-super-dst/. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  9. "High hopes for DPMM FC’s latest line-up". New Brunei Daily. 13 February 2018. http://nbd.com.bn/index.php/2018/02/13/high-hopes-for-dpmm-fcs-latest-line-up/. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  10. "Abdul Azizi Rahman stars in DPMM FC win over Hougang". Borneo Bulletin. 19 August 2018. https://borneobulletin.com.bn/abdul-azizi-rahman-stars-in-dpmm-fc-win-over-hougang/. Retrieved 20 August 2018. 
  11. "DPMM FC off to a winning start". Borneo Bulletin. 4 March 2019. https://borneobulletin.com.bn/dpmm-fc-off-to-a-winning-start/. Retrieved 22 April 2019. 
  12. "DPMM FC move eight points clear in Singapore league". Borneo Bulletin. 5 May 2019. https://borneobulletin.com.bn/dpmm-fc-move-eight-points-clear-in-singapore-league-2/. Retrieved 6 May 2019. 
  13. "DPMM cruise past Young Lions; Albirex fall at home". ASEAN Football Federation. 16 July 2019. https://www.aseanfootball.org/v3/dpmm-cruise-past-young-lions-albirex-fall-at-home/. Retrieved 30 September 2019. 
  14. "DPMM FC CELEBRATE SINGAPORE PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE AFTER EDGING CHEETAHS". BruSports News. 30 September 2019. https://www.brusports.com/2019/09/30/dpmm-fc-celebrate-singapore-premier-league-title-after-edging-cheetahs/. Retrieved 30 September 2019. 
  15. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Chinese Taipei-Brunei Darussalam - FIFA.com". FIFA. https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=275167/match=300311248/index.html. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  16. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Brunei Darussalam-Chinese Taipei - FIFA.com". FIFA. https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=275167/match=300311255/index.html. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  17. "World Cup dreams over". The Brunei Times. 18 March 2015. http://www.bt.com.bn/sports-national/2015/03/18/world-cup-dreams-over. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  18. "Still plenty to do for nat’l football team". The Brunei Times. 5 November 2015. http://www.bt.com.bn/sports-national/2015/11/05/still-plenty-do-nat%E2%80%99l-football-team. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  19. "Brunei national team set to miss nine key players". Borneo Bulletin. 4 June 2019. https://borneobulletin.com.bn/brunei-national-team-set-to-miss-nine-key-players/. Retrieved 18 June 2019. 
  20. "Brunei edge Chinese Taipei for historic win". 19 March 2015. http://borneobulletin.com.bn/brunei-edge-chinese-taipei-for-historic-win/. 
  21. "HBT Alumni shares experience in winning the 2012 edition". New Brunei Daily. 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 4 September 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180904012805/http://nbd.com.bn/2018/04/03/hbt-alumni-shares-experience-in-winning-the-2012-edition/. Retrieved 8 July 2019. 

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