Wednesday, April 11, 2007


From the Sydney camp

I found some interesting quotes in the Australian media ahead of the Asian Champions League fixture in Solo today. Former Indonesian coach Peter Withe now lives in Perth. He advises Sydney to put on a 100 % professional performance and don’t get sucked into play acting or disputing referee’s decisions as this would antagonize the home support. Fair point, while Indonesian fans are an excitable bunch they are also indisciplined and liable to throw missiles or climb fences at the slightest infraction. The atmosphere can be both awesome and intimidating but it will certainly be an experience for the visiting Sydney players. Of course the other side of the coin is with the game being played in Solo, and if the last game is anything to go by, not so many Persikmania will travel.

Sydney’s coach, Bruno Culina, hasn’t seen Kediri play. Shame, I have a few times recently! He has however spoken to some people about them and they have told him they have some Portuguese players which comes as news to me and I suspect coach Daniel Roekito. Of course had Bruno been reading the live score updates of Kediri’s last home game on here he would be more aware of the dangers that the hosts could offer. And their nationality!

And one danger is Christian Gonzalez. The coach of Manly United, who played Kediri in last December’s Bang Yos Gold Cup, was very impressed by the stocky marksman as he inspired Persik to a 4-1 victory over the hapless Aussies. Peter Withe memorably describes Gonzalez as an unfit Mark Viduka but without the work rate. Fagundes and Danilo are other dangermen as is Budi if he plays.

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