Tuesday, February 20, 2007


The Jakarta Derby

The Jakarta North v Jakarta derby on Sunday afternoon was held up for 30 minutes when the fence around the pitch gave way under the enormous numbers who had made the short trip north. Numbers are notoriously unreliable here but while the Kamal Muara Stadium recently underwent renovation, last season Jakarta North played their home games in Cilegon, I have seen the new capacity set at either 15,000 or 20,000.

The Jakmania traveled in big numbers and of course no one was counting at the gate. The pressure built and the fences gave way with fans spilling on the pitch. The Jakarta manager said that the hosts were to blame! Maybe he's right. Estimates at the attendance ranged from 10,000 to 20,000 and you can be sure not everyone had a ticket.

There were no major incidents to report luckily. It's kind of like West Ham playing Orient. No one hates Jakarta North and they hardly have any fans anyway. Maybe not but they had the last laugh, a goal 7 minutes from time giving them 3 points and giving the Jakmania an unhappy trip home.


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