Thursday, March 06, 2014
Vietnam International banned 28 Games
- Vietnam international defender Tran Dinh Dong has been handed a record 28-game suspension by the country's football federation after breaking the leg of an opponent in a domestic league match.
Dong of Song Lam Nghe An was also fined 20 million dong (S$1200) for the foul on Hung Vuong An Giang midfielder Nguyen Anh Hung, who is expected to be sidelined for a year.
Dong, who is not eligible to return to action this year, said he would appeal the verdict which also stipulated he should pay Hung's medical bills.
Song Lam Nghe An coach Nguyen Huu Thang said the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) had not acted fairly in deciding upon the punishment for last week's incident.
"I will fine him if he does wrong. I think the VFF issued the fine under pressure from public opinion, not based on reality," he was quoted as saying by local media earlier this week.
"We will appeal because his absence would strongly affect our name and V-League results."
The VFF said they handed out the record punishment for a local player in order to send a message that similar incidents were not acceptable.
"The punishment is meant to be a warning to players throughout the nation, where violent behaviour on the field has gradually become more popular," the VFF said in a statement earlier this week.
Selangor's Grounds For Concern
Despite a pretty decent home record, Selangor can't wait to get back to Shah Alam Stadium.
They have played their opening two Malaysia Super League games at MBPJ Stadium, defeating T Team and Pahang, but there have been complaints by their players about the state of the pitch.
Their game against Terengganu slated for this weekend has been put back to May while the club hope to return to Shah Alam for their game against Kelantan 22/3.
One player who may not miss the MBPJ is striker Paolo Rangel...he scored all three of the Red Giants goal!
Pahang Release Smith
Barely three months into his appointment, Pahang coach Ronald Smith became the first "managerial casualty" of the season after parting ways by mutual agreement.
Smith, a former technical director of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) from 1999 to 2002, confirmed yesterday that he is no longer the head coach and will be returning to Australia today.
Disappointment was written all over his face as Smith, who led Pahang to victory in the Charity Shield on Jan 17, said the decision was mutually agreed to by both parties.
"The Pahang Football Association (PFA) president (Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah) and I have agreed to cancel the contract because of differences over football philosophy and team management. There can only be one person in charge so it's best I leave.
"No hard feelings but I am disappointed. I have enjoyed coaching the team and had a strong relationship with my assistant (Zainal Abidin Hassan) and the players," he said after bidding farewell to the players and coaching staff at the Taman Gelora training ground yesterday.
The 64-year-old said he was saddened that things did not work out as he had expected.
"Maybe there were differences on how the management and I wanted things for the team. No hard feelings on my part for as a coach anything can happen in football and I must be prepared to face the situation.
"As for now, I do not have any plans and will return to Australia to continue and complete some things which have been left unattended, including managing my website," said Smith.
His departure will see Zainal, who guided Pahang to the Super League title in 2004, taking over the duties and he has pledged to continue Smith's unfinished mission.
"The management instructed me to take over the team after our match against Terengganu last month and I am only following their instructions.
"I know the players well and I hope they will be able to give their full commitment to help the team excel," said Zainal, who has been conducting training sessions since March 1.
Read more: Smith parts way with Pahang - Soccer - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/soccer/smith-parts-way-with-pahang-1.498956#ixzz2vAvdgVay
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Persija v Sriwijaya Tickets
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Decent discount for fans who buy a Persija Card...any idea how to get one of them?
The game is 9/3 at Bung Karno, kick off 3.30 pm
Ambitious Persikabo Target ISL Return
Goalkeeper: Tema Mursadat, Arik, Edi Kurnia
Defenders: Boby Satria, Saeful W, Wahyu Korpriana, Joe Tsimie, Nopianto, Rojali, Wahyu Seyianto, Supriyono, Munadi, Edi Hafid
Midfield: Septian Belo, Johan Juansyah, Rezky, Andi Sopian, Rio, Edo, Wawan Susilo, Indra Lesmana, Nazar
Forwards: Aldo Baretto, Budi Sudarsono, Rudi Widodo, Eki Nurhakim, Aliyudin, Mustopa Aji
There is certainly a fair amount of quality, especially up front for Persikabo this coming season as they attempt to reach the ISL.
Baretto has been a prolific scorer everywhere he has been in Indonesia; indeed it is something of a surprise to see him sign for Persikabo, no disrespect to this ambitious and well supported club from Cibinong, West Java.
Budi Sudarsono, in his day, was for me perhaps the most exciting player in the country while Aliyudin was a cult hero during his time with Persija playing alongside Banbang Pamungkas.
Meanwhile, the likes of Eki Nurhalkim, Mustopa Aji and Johan Juansyah have proved their worth over the years and Bobby Satria has certainly done the rounds without actually settling down anywhere.
If I have any doubts about this strong squad it would be the midfield though perhaps as Sudarsono ages, he may play a deeper role ala Steve Gerrard.
With a new stadium being built as well, it promises to be an exciting season for Persikabo fans.
Labels: Aldo Baretto, Aliyudin, Budi Sudarsono, Persikabo
T Team's Wasted Trip
With a bit of a lull between Super League games in Malaysia and Indonesia caused by the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers this week, T Team flew over to Jakarta, apparently to play a couple of friendlies against Persija and Persib.
The only problem with that is security permission. No one it seemed had bothered to get clearance to hold the games, certainly in Jakarta.
T Team ended up playing on a field in the capital city against a bunch of guys without clubs...
No news yet as to whether the game in Bandung will go ahead.
Labels: Malaysia, T Team
Johor Darul Takzim In The Dock
: The Football Association of
Malaysia (FAM) have charged Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) for the alleged
tunnel fracas at the Larkin Stadium.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said that the
secretariat sent a charge sheet to JDT on Monday for breaching article
28.1 of FAM’s disciplinary code.
“They have a week to respond (until March 11) before the FAM
disciplinary committee decides on the next course of action,” said
Hamidin on Tuesday.
Article 28.1 covers the failure to provide adequate security
personnel or failure to provide safety measures in line with FAM’s
requirement to ensure the wellbeing of the teams, officials, players,
spectators or supporters of the home and the visiting team.
On Feb 1, a fracas breaks out in the tunnel during half-time of
the FA Cup second round match between JDT and T-Team at the Larkin
Stadium. The game is abandoned after T-Team stage a walkout following a
bust-up between a senior JDT official and two T-Team players as the
teams leave the field. JDT is then leading 2-1.
On Feb 2, T-Team striker Evaldo Goncalves, defender Fabio Flor de
Azevado, fitness coach Stefano Impagliazzo and chief operating officer
Mohd Syahrizan Mohd Zain lodged reports at the Kuala Terengganu district
police headquarters about the FA Cup incident.
Goncalves alleged that he was punched in the nose by a top Johor FA
official while Impagliazzo claimed he was kicked in the groin by the
official’s escort in the Larkin Stadium tunnel during the FA Cup
second-round match against JDT. As a result T-Team abandoned the match,
refusing to come out after half-time, citing “security reasons”.
On Feb 4, the Johor Football Association (JFA) also lodged a police
report alleging JDT coach Cesar Jimenez was assaulted by a fitness coach
and a striker from T-Team.
On Feb 6, JDT were awarded a 3-0 win by the FAM as punishment to the T-Team for walking out of the match.
JDT are also being investigated for two
other incidents – the fracas outside the Darul Makmur Stadium after a
league match against Pahang on Feb 7, and the vandalism claim by Perak
FA after the team manager’s car was damaged outside Larkin Stadium after
a league game on Jan 18.
Another case of an alleged racial abuse
by JDT’s Argentinian players Pablo Aimar and Luciano Figueroa on
Pahang’s Jamaican defender Damion Stewart is also being investigated by
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Kean's 100% Start In Brunei
Former Blackburn Rovers boss has started life well in the oil rich kingdom of Brunei.
His DPMM lead the SLeague with six points from their first two games, making them the only unbeaten team alongside reigning champions Tampines Rovers.
With St Patrick's Day on the horizon, at least two of the team will be hoping for a weekend away from dry Brunei. Irishmen Joe Gamble and Roy O'Donovan both had spells with Hartlepool United, is there a wider contrast than Hartlepool and Singapore, will hopefully line up with their team mates at Jalan Besar Stadium against Home United a couple of days before the annual Guiness slug-fest and they will be hoping for a couple of days compassionate leave no doubt!
In fact, I saw O'Donovan just last year line up for Northampton Town against Torquay United at Sixfields. No pictures from that night...it was bloody freezing, snow had been swet from the field, I was still jet lagged and ill equipped for the conditions!
It was however the more familiar name of Rodrigo Antonio Tosi who secured Kean's first points in the SLeague with a 16th minute penalty against Albirex Niigata in the first game of the season.
Kean no doubt will rely heavily on the Brazilian now in his second spell with the club. Last season Tosi hit 10 goals in his 14 games while his first stint with the club back in 2005-2006 saw his score 25 times in 40 games according to Wiki and in the absence of any definitive Singapore football annual that must do.
There was quite an Anglo feel to DPMM's next game as they took on Warriors. Formerly known as SAFFC, they are coached by Alex Weaver and feature Kevin MacCann, who is Scottish and played previously for Hibs, Greenock Morton, Livingstone and Raith Rovers (places I could not find on a map!), Thomas Beattie and Singaporean international and more Singaporean than MRT and lah, Danie Bennett.
It was Tosi who gave DPMM the lead at home early in the second half while Rosmin Kamis sealed the points in injury time.
With a 100% record and two clean sheets, Kean has hit the ground running. Next up is Home United, always a tough nit to crack if somewhat inconsistent.
It would be interesting to know how the ex Blackburn gaffer is getting on in this part of the world, far from the madness that engulfed Rovers. Certainly, the pressure will be just a fraction of what he was used to in Lancashire but at least there it was out in the open...
Labels: DPMM Brunei, Joe Gamble, Roy O'Donovan, Singapore, SLeague, Steve Kean
Monday, March 03, 2014
Malaysia FA Upset By 'Hooliganism'
: The FA of Malaysia’s (FAM) “Love Football, Stop Hooliganism” campaign is not working at all.
Officials at the FAM were left red-faced on Saturday when ultras
unleashed flares and smoke bombs during Malaysia’s friendly
international against the Philippines at the Selayang Stadium.
The match, which ended 0-0, was halted for eight minutes in the first half by referee Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob.
About 1,000 ultras were among the 8,000 crowd and they maintained a
30-minute silence as soon as the match kicked off at 8.45pm as a protest
against the FAM. Banners deriding the FAM for the state of affairs of
football in the country were seen inside the stadium. The ultras also
sang derogatory songs insulting the FAM.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin was visibly angry,
saying the FAM could face sanctions from the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) for the incident.
“The fans should go through proper channels to voice their grouses
instead of interrupting a match,” said a fuming Hamidin on Sunday.
“We had several VIPs attending the match, including officials from
the Philippines embassy and these fans’ action have embarrassed the
“We are working on this issue but it seems that harsher measures are
needed to curb hooliganism. We will find a way to tackle this problem,”
- this counts as hooliganism?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
AFC Cup Match Day 1
Persipura v Churchill Brothers 2-0 (Boaz Solossa, Ferdinand Pahabol) 9,000
New Radiant v Home United 1-0 5,200
Selangor v Arema 1-1 (Rangel; Igbenefo) 7,000
Yangon United v Kelantan 5-3 (Emerson Reis 2, Kyaw Ko Ko 3; Zaharul, Badhri Radzi 2) 2,000
Tampines Rovers v Kitchee 0-5 712
Monday, February 24, 2014
Indonesia Super League
Perseru v Persiba Balikpapan 3-2 (Pierre Patrick Seme, Arthur Bonai, Okta Maniani; Anson Toure, Carlos Ozuna) 300
PSM v Persiram 1-1
(Ponaryo Astaman; Messi Mbdia) 400
Sounds like a right barrel of laughs at Bung Tomo for the PSM game. Ponaryo hit a penalty in first half injury time, Messi saved Persiram on 90 minutes and nine players booked. Still, that makes it one win and one draw from their last two games.
Thai Premier League
Sisaket v Osotspa 0-1 (Gusmao Jeferson) 7,683
Samut Songkram v BEC Tero 0-0 2,367
Air Force v TOT 0-0 4,072
Army United v Bangkok United 2-1 (Goran Jerkovic, Mongkol; Sompong Suleb) 3,559
Singha Tha Rua v PTT Rayong (Leandro Da Luiz; Familiar Sanchez) 3,272
After the glamour of the new money and big crowds on Saturday, Sunday;s games in the TPL had a proper old scholl feel about them with some familiar names returning to the top flight.
STR used to be Thai Port...they fell behind to a goal from Familiar Sanchez as opposed to the unfamiliar Sanchez.
Warriors v Geylang International 2-1
(Hafiz Rahim, Irwan Arismail; Hafiz Nor)
Despite having four players booked and one sent off, Alex Weaver's men held on for a win in their first game of the season against Geylang.
Young Lions v Balestier Khalsa 0-4
(Goran Ljubojevic, Kim Minho, Yi Feng Poh, Park Kang Jin)
Good start to the campaign for Balestier under their new coach. I guess Young Lions still jet lagged after their spell in Europe?
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Vietnam Appoint Foreign Administrator
– The Vietnam Professional Football JSC (VPF) have appointed Koji Tanaka as the chief organizer of the V-League.
The 58-year-old former Japanese international has been
roped in to inject more vibrancy into the V-League which has suffered
over the past year due to financial issues.
“It’s an honor for me to be introduced to Vietnam to receive this
important mission. I would thoroughly learn about the Vietnam football
and would like to receive the active support of the collective behind. I
will try to quickly get into the job and run the league well,” said
Added Pham Ngoc Vien, the general director of the VPF: “we
have noticed that Koji is very enthusiastic, passionate and highly
professional. These are the criteria that VPF sets when looking for the
V-League chief organizer.”
- you have foreign players and foreign coaches...makes sense to have foreign administrators if they are more competent than those on the ground. The question is will he be allowed to succeed?
Can't see this happening in Indonesia but then again, who'd have they would be doing this in Vietnam?
Indonesia Super League
Persebaya v Persiba Bantul 4-1
(Onorionde Kughegbe, Greg Nwokolo, Emmanuel Kenmonge, Alfin Tuasalamony; Claude Ngon A Djam)
Former Persebaya striker Ngon A Djam gave the visitors a surprise lead but it didn't take Rahmad Darmawan's expensively assembled team to go through the gears with Nwokolo equalising in injury time of the first half and Kughegbe giving them the lead on the hour mark.
Kenmonge made it 3-1 on the hour mark while Tuasalamony hit a penalty to prove not just foreigners can score in Indonesia.
Thai Premier League
Buriram United v Songkla United 3-0 (Patino Javier Lachica 2, Victor Altobelli) 20,347
Chiang Rai United v Bangkok Glass 0-2 (Teerathep Winothai 2) 12,143
Suphanburi v Rathcburi 1-2 (Wuttichai; Heberty Fernandes de Andrade, Genki Nagasato) 14,595
Chonburi v Police 4-0 (Thiago Cunha 2, Anderson Dos Santos, Therdsak Chaiman) 5,444
Muang Thong United v Chainat 2-1 (Wuttichai Tatong, Mario Gjurovski; Panuwat Failai) 10,750
Well, the Thai league is back and no real surprises. Buriram and Muang Thong win, the ageless Therdsak scores. The pattern has been set for the season...
Albirex Niigata v DPMM 0-1
(Rodrigo Antonio Tosi)
Steve Kean's debut in charge of Brunei side against Japanese side played in Singapore settled by Brazilian while former Republic of Ireland international Roy O'Donovan made his debut.
Hougang United v Woodlands Wellington 2-2
(Igor Cerina, Fazli Jaffar; Taufiq Ghani, Soon Ho Moon)
Looks like an exciting game at Hougang with the home team taking the lead after 5 minutes through Cerina before Ghani pulled one back for Darren Stewart's Woodlands on 24 minutes.
Hougang went into the break 2-1 up thanks to Jaffa but the Korean Moon levelled with 20 minutes left.
Thai Refs Have Been Shot At
There have been complaints about biased refereeing and rumours about referees taking bribes. Several match officials were shot last year but FAT and TPL officials insisted they had nothing to do with alleged match fixing
FAT and TPL officials have warned wayward referees that they will face severe punishment now that the professional sports law has been in place.
SOURCE - Bangkok Post
What a phenomenal end to a pre season preview in the Bangkok Post. Match officials were shot? Evidence? Links?
I am sure that if match officials in Thailand have been shot at, FIFA would like to know about it. They may not do anything; they ban Brunei cos a couple of family members have a chat but do zilch when the head of the Indonesian FA does bird.
Then there is that bit about 'wayward' referees!
In a country where status is everything, where politics and business is a game of one phu yai trumping another, the idea that the referee has that much influence is frankly laughable and an insult to the readers.
Especially when you consider the writer is a Thai who will well understand the complicated web of relationships and patronage that control daily life up there.
To read the story you would end up thinking the refs have an inordinate amount of control and are able, in theory, to get the better of clubs like Buriram United, Muang Thong United and Suphanburi and, more importantly, the people who control them.
Exactly the same thing happens in Indonesia. The refs get the blame when in fact everyone knows, but is too scared to say, what really goes on.
In a country where corruption is rife and relationships is everything, the last two paragraphs are total bollocks.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Malaysia Date For Spurs?
: English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur are certain
to play in Malaysia under the terms of their new sponsorship agreement
with the Hong Kong-based American International Assurance (AIA) Group
The AIA Group have been given a free hand to pick and choose the
locations for Tottenham to hold their training programmes and playing
tours in the Asian Pacific region for the next five years.
AIA Group chief executive and president Mark Tucker confirmed that Malaysia will definitely be one of Tottenham’s stopovers.
The AIA Group signed on as Tottenham’s major sponsorship partner for
five seasons beginning from the 2014-15 season. Apart from carrying the
AIA brand on their shirts in all competitions, the London-based football
club have also agreed to bring their first team to play in this region
and also send their coaches to conduct a series of junior training
programmes for underprivileged children.
“We have not sat down and finalised the details yet but Tottenham
Hotspur are sure to come to Malaysia. I don’t know when but it will most
probably be sooner rather than later,” said Tucker after signing the
sponsorship deal, which runs up to the 2018-19 season.
“AIA have a strong presence and commitment in Malaysia. There is also
a huge support for Tottenham in the country and we will hold football
development programmes there as well.”
Besides Malaysia, AIA are likely to also pick their home base Hong
Kong and both China and Indonesia, where Tottenham have the biggest fan
bases outside England, to host the Londoners.
- any more room on the bandwagon? As ever, Spurs come late to the party that has already seen the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, QPR and Fulham Under 21s!
Tampines Kick Off SLeague With Win
Indonesia Super League
Persisam v Persepam 2-2
(Pavel Solomin, Radiansyah; Silvio Escabar, Ishak Djober) 13,289
PSM v Persiba 4-0
(Michael Baird 2, Andi Oddang, Rasyid Bakkri) 500
Always the way, innit, sack the coach and start winning...a comfortable day at the office for PSM though you can't help thinking they would have got a similar result under Jorg Steinbrunner
Persipura v Persiba Balikpapan 1-0
(Ian Louis Kabes) 5,158
The champions remained unbeaten but needed an injury time penalty to overcome plucky Persiba who traditionally have had a pretty decent record in Jayapura. It was Persipura's second win in five games, a slow start by their standards but they ain't losing.
Mitra Kukar v Persela 5-1
(Herman Dzumafo 3, Anindito, Zulham Zamrun; Addison Alves) 3,106
While Persipura have been struggling to find their groove, Mitra Kukar have had no difficulty finding theirs. New signing Dzumafo settled in quickly with a hat trick as they moved top of the eastern conference.
Arema v Barito Putera
2-0 (Ahmad Bustomi, Samsul Arif) 19,500
Arema kept their unbeaten start to the season going with a comfortable win over Barito Putera who have really yet to get started this season and having Herman Abanda red carded after 12 minutes was definitely not part of the pre match plan.. An amazing game at the Kanjuruhan...neither Gonzales nor Goncalves scored!
Pelita Bandung Raya v Semen Padang 1-1
(Gaston Castano; Hendra Bayaw) 500
Injury time penalties for the home team seem to be in vogue this week in Indonesia as PBR came from behind to salvage a point and preserve their good start to the season. And while Semen Padang may bemoan the the decision that led to the spot kick, they will look back on four points from two games in West Java, they beat Persib 2-1, as a job well done.
Pelita Bandung Raya
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5 - Cristian Gonzales (Arema), Ilija Spasojevic (Putra Samarinda)
Tampines Rovers v Home United 1-0 (Miljan Mrdakovic)
The SLeague champions began the new campaign with a narrow win over Home United last night at Jalan Besar Stadium. Mrdakovic netted for the Stags a couple of minutes in to the second half. The night ended grimly for Home with Qiu Li sent off before the end. Obviously. I mean, he cant get sent off after the end, can he? Well, he can but you know what I mean.
According to my maths, Tampines are top of the table, unbeaten, they have scored in every game this season and have yet to concede a goal. Championship form indeed!
Perak's Firdaus Gets ALeague Chance
: Former Australian international
Marshall Soper believes Perak youngster Muhd Firdaus Saiyadi will make
the grade with A-League outfit Newcastle United Jets (NUJ).
The Perak FA (Pafa) Academy head coach said the 18-year-old state President’s Cupper is one of the new findings of the season.
“Firdaus is a gifted player and I have monitored his progress from
school (SMK Anderson, Ipoh). I have worked with him for eight to nine
months now and I believe he has the talent and will be going places,”
said Soper on Friday.
Firdaus is the first from the state to be selected to undergo trials
with the Australian club. He will be accompanied by Soper for the
nine-day trials with the New South Wales club from Tuesday.
Soper said Pafa have taken the right approach in their junior development plans, having tied up with the Australian club.
“We are sending a message to every young player in Perak. Show us
what you have and we will do the rest. Under this programme we will send
two talented boys annually for training stints and trials with the
club. It is not a reserve team ... but an A-League outfit.
“Firdaus will get to train with the top A-League players and there is England’s Emile Heskey in the squad, too,” said Soper.
A former Golden Boot winner with Penang in 1991, Soper’s task as the
Academy head coach is to go to all corners of the state in search of
“My vision is that Perak will no longer be looking for outside
players in the M-League. Perak is for Perak and they will have their
pool of talented players in the years to come. There are plans to set up
24 independent district academies all over the state,” he said.
A soft-spoken Firdaus said he is looking forward to the new challenge.
“I do not have the experience but I am confident of myself and of
giving it a good shot. My aim is to play for Perak but if I can achieve
bigger goals, I will pursue them,” said Firdaus, whose stint is fully
sponsored by the Australian club.
Last month, Pafa and the Australian club signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU), which will see an exchange programme between the
two parties with players, coaches and management staff sharing
experiences and ideas.
Firdaus is a member of the Perak President’s Cup squad who emerged
champions in 2012. Last year, he led SMK Anderson to a runners-up finish
in the 100Plus Ministry of Education Super Cup Under-17 Champion
Schools tournament, where he was also named best player of the
Friday, February 21, 2014
Play Persib v Persija In Singapore
After humming and haaing over the fate of Indonesia's very own El Classico, Persib v Persija, the powers that be have decided, on the day before, the game is to be cancelled for another day.
Apparently, people were freaked out no one could control a few hundred people last week when Pelita Bandung Raya hosted Persija at the same stadium.
I mean, no one noticed a few hundred kids from Jakarta dressed in orange?
I know where it should be played!
With greater ASEAN integration on the way, why not play the game in Singapore? Apart from anything else, it would be great for people there to see a game with a real atmosphere and real fans.
But picture the scene. Can you imagine 5,000 Jakmania jumping on top of Singapore buses to head out to the stadium? Or 5,000 Vikings sat on the field behind the main stand four hours before kick off?
Better still, can you imagine the look on the faces of the locals when kids in orange or blue get on buses with their three string guitars and start wailing in return for some cash? Or football fans brawling on Orchard Road while the good denziens of Lions City, and all them tourists (including many coiffured Ibus from Pondok Indah) nipping into Orchard Towers to avoid the fights!
And who knows, this could be the start of something big. Bangkok Glass v Chonburi in Surabaya for example or Selangor v Kelantan in Pattaya. And don't forget, Tampines Rovers v Warriors in Batam!
Labels: Indonesia Super League, Persib, Persija
Tanjong Pagar Strive For More Fans
— They were one of the best-supported clubs in the S-League last season with an average attendance of 1,500 fans per match at Queenstown Stadium, which was higher than the league average of 1,200. Yet Tanjong Pagar United were unable to translate that support into success, eventually finishing only sixth in the standings.
This season, the Jaguars are aiming higher — both on and off the pitch. Club chairman Edward Liu has not only set a top-three finish for the team, he has also declared a target of 2,000 fans for every home game.
“It’s a challenge but it’s achievable,” said Liu at a press conference yesterday that saw the club signing a three-year sponsorship deal with British sports goods firm Mitre worth S$255,000.
And just like last season, the club are putting their hopes on their French connection to take them there. They have four French players on their payroll — goalkeeper Aurelien Herisson, defender Anthony Aymard, midfielder Kamel Ramdani and new midfield signing Sebastian Etiemble, who was unveiled yesterday, and French-born Moroccan striker Monsef Zerka, who was their top scorer last season with 20 goals.
The top-three challenge was one which coach Patrick Vallee — who is also French — has readily accepted.
“The chairman is right to set a top-three finish. We have to do better than last season,” he said.
But it is the desire to see better crowd attendances, at one of Singapore’s oldest stadiums, which is driving the club forward.
“We used to have 300-500 fans only when we rejoined the S-League in 2011,” said Liu. “But things improved and even the S-League has acknowledged that we were one of the best-supported clubs last season.
“It means our outreach programme to the community, telling the residents in the housing areas around us of the club’s existence and asking them to come to our home matches, is paying dividends.”
Liu felt that playing attractive football is another weapon that Tanjong Pagar must deploy to get the desired numbers through the turnstiles.
COMMENT - I like stories like this. And it os good to see Tanjong reaping the rewards. Remember, they joined the SLeague at a time when all and sundry were slagging it off, got thumped by everyone in their first season yet are still here tp tell the tale. Respect!
Labels: SLeague, Tanjong Pagar United
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Persiram Get Own Post Shock
Let's face it. Not much is known about Persiram Raja Ampat beyond the fact they have some nice beaches and diving. Well, they would do if they had a home ground!
They don't. A couple of seasons back they played some home games at Lebak Bulus while this season they have moved to Sleman.
But what I love about Persiram is the names of their players...they are priceless!
Take for example their recent 1-1 draw away to Persebaya.
They have a midfielder called Gideon Way. Not a street, a midfielder!
Marvelous is up front for them...you may remember his goal feats for PSAP a couple of seasons back.
Messi is in midfield, alongside Gideon no doubt. That is the Way to go!
Up front was Errol Ethicus...much better than Errol Flynn don't you think!
On the bench was Moses, Engelberd, Edison and Elvis!
You know what? If I was the coach of Persiram, I would have kept Precious and signed Radikal Idealis
. Not because we needed them...but because they have great names!
Labels: Gideon Way, Indonesia Super League, Persiram Raja Ampat
Malaysia FA Cup
Kedah v Johor Darul Takzim 0-2
(Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Safee Sali) JDT win 5-1 on aggregate
JDT kept up their recent fine form, brushing past a tough Kedah side with an impressive 5-1 aggregate. Interestingly the Malaysian strikers Norshahrul and safee got the goals...perhaps they rested the foreign players for the Cup?!
Pahang v PDRM 2-1
(Fauzi Roslan, Sunandren; ) Pahang win 3-2 on aggregate
PKNS v Kelantan 3-3
(Patrick Ronaldhino Wleh, Karlo Primorac, Hamka Hamzah; Ahmad Fakri, Shakir Ali, Mohamad Ghadar) Kelantan win 6-5 on aggregate
Liberian striker Wleh's fourth FA Cup goal on two minutes set the tome for a ding dong affair with Gadar's leveller, two minuets after Hamzah had netted for PKNS, squeezing holders Kelantan through to the semi finals
Sarawak v Felda United 2-2
(Joseph Kalang Tie, Akmal Rizal; Zah Rahan 2) Felda United win on away goals
Former Persipura midfielder netted six minutes from the end to put Felda United in to the semi finals at the expense of Robert Alberts team
Semi Final Draw 13 & 20 May
Kelantan v Felda United
Pahang v Johor Darul Takzim
Labels: FA Cup, Felda United, Johor Darul Takzim, Kedah, kelantan, Malaysia, Pahang, PDRM, PKNS, Sarawak
SLeague Plan Initiatives For New Season
— Average attendances for last season’s Great Eastern-Yeo’s S-League may have improved, but S-League Chief Executive Officer Lim Chin concedes that it faces an uphill battle to attract more fans to stadiums as a slew of initiatives are being introduced in a bid to make that happen.
This season, fans will be given match-day programmes with previews, pictures of players and statistics (good move).
Under a new Food Initiative Programme, the first 500 fans at matches can also exchange their admission tickets for complimentary finger food provided by the S-League’s partner merchants, and vouchers for items such as movie tickets or complimentary cups of coffee.
(I'm sorry but this thing with free food at football obsession...show me the evidence of it working. Have Warriors/SAFFC reported fans queuing at the gate to get their free ice cream? For any business mode; to include giving things away willy nilly like this, obviously ain't a good business model.
Wanna give things away? Fine. Try this. Fans go to five games, keep their ticket stubs, then present all five and get a free scarf. Go to every home game, hand over ticket stubs and get a free shirt. At least involve the club and incentivise fans attending and most importantly paying.)
There will be also be photo opportunities with club mascots at home matches. (Cringe. Just google DJ Bear.)
The S-League will also use its social media platforms to reach out to football fans, including plans to provide video highlights of matches for those who cannot make it to the stadiums.
Local football fans will get to experience these initiatives when the S-League kicks off on Friday with the Charity Shield match between defending champions Tampines Rovers and Singapore Cup holders Home United at the Jalan Besar Stadium, which will also be a league match with three points at stake.
The initiatives are being rolled out in a bid to maintain and even improve on last season’s average attendance of 1,200, which is a 30 to 40 per cent improvement on the historic low of 932 for the 2012 campaign.
“We have to be realistic even as we try to get more people to come to our matches. In the minds of Singapore football fans, it’s all about the action across Europe,” said Lim.
“Singapore has a population of 5.3 million, of which 1 million are foreigners. We are also a vibrant city filled with many other kinds of attractions. (Welcome to la la land. Has this guy been to London or Melbourne of Munchen? There are a few things to see there I believe but sports are also quite popular). So, it will be a huge challenge to bring in more fans to the stadiums.
“But with all our new initiatives, the signing of marquee players by the clubs, and the performances of local players, things will get better.”
COMMENT - ok, they are making an effort but like Jakarta's efforts to solve its traffic problems, it is too little too late. Singaporeans spend big money on hand phones, hand bags and Certificate of Entitlements but they won't pay five bucks to watch their local team because they prefer a team thousands of miles away they will never see.
It's about mindset and no amount of free ice cream will change that. In fact, it probably cheapens the game even further in people's eyes.
There may also be an element of identification. Do you see kids from Geylang schools fighting with kids from schools in Tampines? I am guessing not. People identify with Singapore but not where they come from in Singapore.
Still, when an FAS officials says Singapore contributes $200 million to the local economy annually what can we do but just smile?
Jakarta Globe Column
While Muang Thong United and Chonburi
may have eased past AFC Champions League play off opponents on home
turf, when it comes to jumping on an airplane they seem to leave
their scoring boots behind.
Chonburi were turned over 4-0 by
Beijing Guoan in China while Muang Thong United were unable to hold
on to a 22nd minute lead given to them by Mario Durovski
and went down 2-1 to Melbourne Victory and suffered the ignominy of
having Datsakorn Thonglao red carded in injury time.
They will have no time to reflect on
their disappointment as the Thai Premier League kicks off this
weekend. Champions Buriram United host Songkla United, Muang Thong
entertain Chainat while Chonburi take on Police.
The eruption from Mount Kelud in East
Java has had repercussions on the Indonesia Super League. Following
their 1-0 win over Persita Tangerang, unbeaten western conference
leaders Arema were stranded at the airport as all flights to their
home base of Malang were cancelled due to layers of volcanic ash on
They eventually made it home after
flying to Bali and going overland from there!
Champions Persipura Jayapura continued
their strange start to the season with a 2-2 draw away to Putra
Samarinda in East Kalimantan. Gerald Pangkali gave the visitors the
lead on 16 minutes but prolific striker Ilija Spasojevic leveled just
before half time from the penalty spot.
Sultan Samma gave the home team the
lead eight minutes into the second half before the long serving
Cameroonian defender, Paulin Pierre Bio saved a point for the Black
Pearls with 10 minutes remaining.
The draw was enough to keep them
top of the table despite winning just one of their opening four
Their spell in the top spot of the
eastern conference lasted just 24 hours as Mitra Kukar defeated
Perseru Seru 1-0 with a goal from Eric Weeks Lewis to move a point
The last couple of seasons have seen
Semen Padang pretty much all one their own in the weakened Premier
League. There was little in the way of competition and they even
found time for a run to the quarter finals of the AFC Cup suggesting
the team could do a job in a stronger league.
Now they are playing in the ISL and
thus far their season hadn’t been much to write home about,
defeating Barito Putera 2-0 and losing to Persija Jakarta by the same
score in Jakarta.
With Persib Bandung enjoying their
traditional good start to the season not many people would have
predicted an away win.
The Jalak Harupat Stadium can be an
intimidating venue at the best of times but it seems the men from
West Sumatra were unperturbed and went into an early lead through
Esteban. An own goal from Supardi doubled the lead and despite a last
minute goal from Djibril Coulibily, they held on for a momentous
In Monday’s game there was an
emotional return to first team action for Bambang Pamungaks. Only tis
time he wasn’t lining up for Persija but against them. Bepe took
the field for his new team, Pelita Bandung Raya and scored twice in
the 2-2 draw to keep PBR’s fine start to the season on track.
Unfortunately there were reports of
isolated violence in and around the stadium as a small band of
travelling Persija fans were attacked with rocks. Later this week,
Persija return to the same stadium to take on Persib and it is
certain there won’t be any away fans then.
In Malaysia, big spenders Johor Darul
Takzim crushed Selangor 4-1. Forget the former World Cup star Pablo
Aimar, this game was all about a couple of internationals from a more
Goals from Baihakki Khaizan and Hariss
Harun, Singapore internationals both, gave JDT a 2-0 lead in the
first half hour and the big spenders from the southern tip of the
Asian mainland went on to defeat Selangor 4-1.
The result keeps JDT comfortably mid
table but Baihakki was uncomfortably aware the defence needed more
time to gel.
We realize that we still haven’t got that grip within one another. Also knowing that the expectation level is really high, demanding top quality performance every game. I think that’s where it frazed us a little’.
The former Geylang United, Persija, Persib and LionsXII defender said the seeds of the win had been planted in the last game.
‘It started with the 3-1 home win against Kedah in the FA cup and it went on again against Selangor. That is what we have been searching for, something that could rise the confidence level of the whole team and everybody realize it’s all about togetherness and working hard each and every game.’
Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic will rue the opportunity spurned to go top but will also recognize the team remain just one point off the lead.
Perhaps of greater concern to the former Australian international will the lack of goals contributed by the team. So far, Paolo Rangel has hit six of Selangor’s seven league goals this campaign.
Terengganu moved top of the heap with 10 points after defeating Pahang 2-0 with a brace from Mario Karlovic while Kelantan and Sarawak joined Selangor on nine points behind the leaders.
Labels: AFC Champions League Qualifiers, Arema, Baihakki Khaizan, Chonburi, Gunung Kelud, Johor Darul Takzim, Muang Thong United
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Queensland Football Reject Harimau Muda Match Fixing Worries
One of the world's foremost authorities on football match fixing has warned the inclusion of a Malaysian side in the upcoming National Premier Leagues Queensland could expose the competition to the influence of Asian betting syndicates.
But Football Queensland has dismissed the possibility, saying it was a "long bow" to draw.
Harimau Muda A, the Malaysian under-22 side, will play for competition points in the 14-team NPL Queensland competition from next month.
However, the side will be ineligible to make the finals and will instead use the competition as preparation for Asian international competitions.
International match fixing expert Declan Hill, the author of The Fix and The Insider's Guide to Match Fixing, told Fairfax Media that situation left the NPL Queensland more open to corruption.
While not suggesting Harimau Muda A was involved in match fixing, Mr Hill said playing for points but being ineligible for finals football could further expose the NPL Queensland to the influence of Asian betting syndicates.
"You have these guys saying 'what does it matter?'. It should be a case of if they win it, then great, let them win it - everyone else can lift their games next season."If you have a team in your league, they should be able to win it, otherwise you've got to wonder what it is they're playing for," he said.
"I can't understand why a league administrator would have a team play on these terms."
The concerns were not without precedent.
When Harimau Muda A played in Singapore's S-League in 2012, then-Geylang United goalkeeper Yazid Yasin said he was approached to throw a game against them.
There is no suggestion the Football Association of Malaysia or the Harimau Muda A players have been involved in any such activity.
Football Queensland chief operations officer Ben Mannion, the head of NPL Queensland, said the suggestion the competition could be compromised was in "poor taste" and not fair on the Malaysians or the NPL.
"We've gone through the right channels with the (Football Federation of Australia), the (Asian Football Confederation) and also FIFA, who are across it, and we've got Sportradar that we work with at the FFA level, which is an internationally renowned agency to monitor sports betting and stop match fixing," he said.
"We write to those departments within 48 hours of every match, with all the official things that happened within the game, so that they can register any abnormal betting trends and report back to the FFA and back to us."
Queensland is no stranger to football match fixing. Last year, Brisbane Premier League club Albany Creek Excelsior was caught up in a match fixing scandal that saw 10 people arrested in Victoria.
"Obviously, with what happened in Melbourne previously, they're well and truly across what needs to happen to make sure that sort of thing doesn't happen again," Mr Mannion said.
Mr Hill said Australian football betting markets were more popular in Asia than the English Premier League, due to a similar time zone.
"I think these are absolutely bona fide concerns. If you had a blindfold on somebody and put a pin into a map, Malaysia and Singapore and number one and number two when it comes to match fixing," he said.
"By the time a player reaches 20 years of age, they've been exposed to this stuff."
Harimau Muda A's inclusion is expected to attract unprecedented interest from Malaysia.
Former Far North Queensland Heat NPL coach Joe Fenech, now director of coaching in central Queensland and involved in a bid for a Gladstone-based NPL side, said he could not discount the possibility of betting syndicates trying to influence NPL Queensland matches.
"The involvement of a Malaysian team is clearly going to generate interest in Malaysia, who would be following the NPL a lot closer because of that involvement and it goes without saying that people will have a flutter," he said.
Mr Fenech, who stressed he was speaking in his capacity as a supporter and not as a Football Queensland employee, said a "win-win" situation would have been to have a 13-team NPL Queensland with teams playing Harimau Muda A on bye weeks.
But Mr Mannion said the NPL clubs would play for points to ensure they fielded their strongest sides.
"If it was for no points, the clubs would rest their senior players and they would play under-18s and under-20s against the Malaysians, which is not what we're looking for," he said.
The NPL is a national second tier competition aimed to be a pathway to the A-League and features several ex-National Soccer League clubs, including former champions Brisbane Strikers, Sydney United and South Melbourne.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/soccer/matchfixing-fears-as-malaysian-team-joins-queensland-football-league-20140215-32sdz.html#ixzz2tT4FTkKF
Labels: Harimau Muda, Malaysia, Match Fixing, Queensland
Geylang International Squad 2014
Krishna Murthy Sathiaraj
Kento Fukuda (Japanese)
Yuki Ichikawa (Japanese)
Joaquin Lopez (Argentinian)
Franco Chivilo (Argentinian)
Leonel Felice (Argentinian)
Assistant Coach (S
League) and Prime League Coach
Nazareno Velez (Argentinian)
Labels: Geylang International
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Balestier Khalsa Sign Former Dinamo Zagreb Striker
— Balestier Khalsa have signed former Dinamo Zagreb forward
Goran Ljubojevic as it aims to win the 2014 Great Eastern-Yeo’s
S-League season after finishing fourth last year, but attracting fans
remains a challenge for Singapore’s premier domestic league competition
as it enters its 18th season.
Yesterday, the club unveiled former
Croatian under-21 player as their marquee signing for the new season
which starts on Feb 21, and Balestier chairman S Thavaneson has urged
fans to support the S-League, which has seen average attendances dwindle
from more than 2,000 in the late-1990s to a low of 932 in 2012.
“We must be proud of our league, it is our own league after all,” he said at the unveiling ceremony of Ljubojevic yesterday.
inclusion of more exciting foreign players will certainly make for a
better S-League and help build up the spectators interest.”
Chief Executive Officer Lim Chin added: “Football fans will always want
to see good players in action and I hope the introduction of the marqee
signings will help boost crowd attendances.”
Ljubojevic, who is
believed to command up to S$12,000 a month as a marquee player, has
played in the Champions League for Dinamo, and had stints with Swiss
side St Gallen and Genk in Belgium.
He is the latest marquee
signing for the 2014 S-League season after league champions Tampines
Rovers acquired former Serbia international forward Milan Mrdakovic.
hopes the move will attract more fans to Balestier’s 3,800-capacity Toa
Payoh Stadium and help improve the club’s fortunes under head coach
“For a long time we were struggling to stay afloat and we suffered losses year after year,” said Thavaneson.
things have improved now and our losses are manageable. And with the
S-League coming in to help defray the cost of signing a marquee player,
we are able to do so (sign a marquee player) now.”
Labels: Balestier Khalsa, Dinamo Zagreb, Goran Ljubojevic
Indonesia Super League
Persik v Persib 0-3 (Jufrianto, Coulibaly, Atep) 14,678
Persijap v Pelita Bandung Raya 1-2 (Rezky; Gaston Castano 2) 4,300
Just two games yesterday and a good day for the Bandung teams with both winning on their travels. Coulibaly returned to Persib and scored in the second half after coming on as a sub to put the team top of the western conference at this early stage.
Meanwhile PBR continue to surprise people with a second straight win on the road that puts them third, just a point behind leaders Persib.
And this was achieved after an 11 hour road trip from Kediri in East Java. One wonders what Arsene Whiney Wenger would have made of that?
1 - Persib 4 3 1 0 7-2 10
2 - Arema 3 3 0 0 11-1 9
3 - PBR 4 3 0 1 603 9
This afternoon sees Arema take on Persita in Karawang. A point will see them go back to the top of the table.
Meanwhile, for Persijap it could be a long old season. After four games they have picked up just one point and the only reason they, and Persik for that matter, are not bottom of the table is because Barito Putera have played just two games.
More Dead Indonesian Football Fans
I mentioned a couple of days ago about the trouble in Bantul between rival supporters groups. Well, it seems one fan has died as a result of the fighting.
What the fuck is all that about? This was not a barney between fans of two different teams, it was fans of the same club battering the shit out of each other and, in one case, the life out of one fan.
Does these people even know why they were fighting their own? And for who?
There is enough crowd misbehaviour when fans of opposing teams clash without supporters now turning on each other.
Persiba Bantul are still unsure what they will do ie withdraw from the league, play behind closed doors or move to another city.
Perhaps as a first step they should gather together representatives of the rival factions and tell them that this behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place within the football club. Maybe get the players involved, talking to the supporters though it is questionable how many of the fans will know which player is which.
Meanwhile it looks like police in Solo are looking into another incident where a fan was attacked and died at a friendly, yep, friendly between Pre Pon Central Jav Pon are the national games played out between the different provinces) and Indonesia U19s.
Too many fans die at football matches in Indonesia. Too many people die on the roads in Indonesia. Too many animals die at a zoo in Surabaya. Too little is done to address these issues.
Labels: Crowd Trouble, Dead Fans, Persiba Bantul, Sultan Agung Stadium
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Indonesia Squad For Saudi Arabia AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
Andritany Ardhiyasa (Persija Jakarta)I Made Wirawan(Persib Bandung)Kurnia Meiga Hermansyah (Arema Indonesia)
Diego Robbie Michiels (Mitra Kukar)
Novan Setya Sasongko (Semen Padang)Achmad Jufriyanto (Persib)Hamka Hamzah (PKNS Selangor)Muhamad Roby (Putra Samarinda)Victor Chukwuekezie Igbonefo (Arema Indonesia)Alfin Ismail Tuasalamony (Persebaya Surabaya)
Zulkifli Syukur (Mitra Kukar)
Ferdinan Alfred Sinaga(Persib Bandung)Irsyad Maulana (Arema Indonesia)Ahmad Bustomi (Arema Indonesia)Firman Utina (Persib Bandung)Imanuel Wanggai (Persipura Jayapura)I Gede Sukadana (Arema Indonesia)Manahati Lestusen (Persebaya Surabaya)Raphael Guillermo Eduardo Maitimo (Mitra Kukar)Muhammad Ridwan (Persib Bandung)
Zulham Malik Zamrun (Mitra Kukar)
Alfaro Gonzales Cristian (Arema Indonesia)Greg Nwokolo (Persebaya Surabaya)
Choirul Huda (Persela Lamongan)Ruben Karel Sanadi (Persipura Jayapura)Hasim Kipuw (Persebaya Surabaya)Tantan (Persib Bandung)Rizky Ahmad Sanjaya Pellu (Pelita Bandung Raya)Bayu Gatra Sanggiawan (Putra Samarinda)Samsul Arif Munip (Arema Indonesia)
SOURCE - PSSI
Indonesia Super League
Mitra Kukar v Persipura 0-0 2,794
Persepam v PSM 1-0 (Silvio Escabar) 11,230
We are only three games into the ISL season and we already have our first coaching casualty. PSM's Jorg Steinbrunner has stepped down, that seems to be the official line anyway, after the team lost 1-0 away to Persepam yesterday afternoon.
The loss leaves PSM bottom of the eastern conference with just one point from their opening games.
A few days back Rudy Keltjes was appointed as some kind of technical director at the club and you kind of wonder what the thinking was behind that move if not to undermine the man in the hot seat.
It is a common tactic in this part of the world for clubs to try and force a coach out by undermining his position
Malaysia FA Cup
Johor Darul Takzim v Kedah 3-1 (Amri Yahya, Hariss Harun, Luciano Figueroa; Billy Mehmet)
PDRM v Pahang 1-1 (Charles Souza Chad, Azizon Kadir)
Kelantan v PKNS 3-2 (Badhri Radzi, Tengku Hasbullah Raja Hassa, Ahmad Shakir Ali; Patrick Ronaldhino Wleh, Kim Dong Chen)
Felda United v Sarawak 0-0
Thai Teams Impress In Champions League Qualifiers
Thailand showed why at least some of its clubs are streets
ahead of anything else in the region with a couple of convincing results in the
AFC Champions League Qualifying Round at the weekend.
Former England international Jay Bothroyd was on the score
sheet for Muang Thong United as they overcame T & T Hanoi 2-0 while
Chonburi defeated South China 3-0.
Muang Thong’s reward is a trip to Melbourne this weekend to
take on Victory while Chonburi head north east to face Beijing Guoan in the
next stage of the play offs.
After having home ground advantage against teams from
Vietnam and Hong Kong, the Thais now face long trips abroad if they are to have
a chance of reaching the group stage of the Champions League where Buriram
United have already qualified.
In more news from Thailand, Spanish side Almeria announced
they will be taking Muang Thong United striker Teerasil Dangda on loan next
season. This will be his third fourth time abroad after trials with Athletico
Madrid and Manchester City and a stint with Grasshoppers Zurich.
Obviously a talented player, Teerasil will be 26 when he
moves to Spain and he will probably be aware this could be his last chance of
making an impression overseas and certainly a low key club like Almeria,
currently facing relegation, would offer the perfect opportunity to make an
Johor Darul Takzim are never far from the headlines in
Malaysia. They travelled to Malaysia Cup winners Pahang on Friday night and
were involved in an enthralling game in front of another sell out crowd in
Kuantan on the east coast of the peninsula.
Hafiz Kamal won the game for the home team in injury time,
giving them a 3-2 win and leaving big spending JDT just one point off bottom
Former Argentine international Pablo Aimar, who has been
reported as unhappy in local media, netted for JDT as did former Arema striker
After the game, Pakistan international and former Fulham and
Queens Park Rangers defender Zesh Rehman said the game was a good one for the
players we felt a little disappointed as we were leading twice and lost
concentration to allow them back in the game. Sometimes in football you have to
grind out a victory and fighting spirit. The character was brilliant from our
lads,’ he said.
their first Malaysia Cup success in more than 20 years, hopes are high in
Pahang they can kick on to another level this season and Rehman has been
pleased with the start to the campaign.
satisfied with the start. 3 points off top spot and in the quarter final of The
FA Cup. I believe we get stronger once we have everyone back from injury. We
will always create and score goals so that’s a major positive point.’
who was the first Asian footballer to play in the English Premier League, has been
playing in Asia since 2011 when he signed for Muang Thong United. After two
years in Thailand he moved to Kitchee in Hong Kong before heading to Malaysia
for the current campaign. And so far, he has been impressed by what he has seen
what I have seen so far the league is very even, everyone is capable of beating
everyone at any venue which makes the league standings unpredictable and
exciting. The level here is good and the support from the fans to their teams
is up there amongst the most passionate in the Asean region.’
other game played on Friday night, PKNS were defeated by Sarawak 2-0 with goals
from Milorad Janjus and Gabor Gyepes.
Indonesian international Hamkah Hamza has been linked with a recall in the
local media recently but he had a mixed game against a big, strong Sarawak
team, coached by former Arema coach Robert Alberts, who certainly played to
expected of PKNS this season and especially their strike force of Karlo
Primorac and Patrick Wleh. However, Promorac looked out of sorts while Liberian
international Wleh has this Nwanko Kanu quality about him; you’re never quite sure
what he is going to do next.
chasing the game, Hamkah pushed on to form a three man strike force but Sarawak
saw the game to move into fourth place.
Saturday night, Selangor defeated Sime Darby, two goals from Paulo Rangel, to
move two points clear of a very congested table where just six points separate
the 12 teams after four rounds. Champions LionsXII were held 0-0 by Terengganu
in a disappointing game at Jalan Besar Stadium and have just one win from their
opening four games.
SOURCE - My Jakarta Globe column...wonder if it appears online?