Monday, January 14, 2008


Other Copa awards

Winners - Sriwijaya
Runners up - Persipura
Third place - Persija
Best Player - Bambang Pamungkas (Persija)
Top Scorer - Alberto Gocalves (Persipura) 6 goals
Fair Play - Pelita Jaya
Best Fans - Jakmania (Persija)

Bambang winning the Best Player award comes as a surprise. For me Ferry in the Sriwijaya goal deserves the plaudits but the Persija striker is such an all round good egg and model professional they probably thought what the hell! I met Bambang on Saturday and have been promised an exclusive interview, possibly next Saturday during the Play Offs. Watch this space.

Congratulations to Danang and the Jakmania on winning 50 million as Best Supporters. They certainly put on a show yesterday on a sunny afternoon when little was at stake. I hope to have a few words with him later this week as well as some snaps of the trophy, won by Arema fans the last two years.

Fandi has done a great job at Pelita Jaya, not just moulding a team from nothing but also instilling a sense of playing the game the right way. It's right that the club end up with something tangible at the end of the season.

Talking interviews, yesterday I met a former Perseman Manokwari player, Charles Uchenna. Regular readers of this blog, both of them, will know I have had a macabre interest in Perseman over the past season, what with their outpost location as well as the Arsenal connection, Christopher Wreh. Uchenna had some great stories about his time in Papua and I hope to sit down with him soon and have a chat for my upcoming book.

Likewise I have been assured of a meet with Indonesia's highest profile referee Jimmy Napitupulu, who officiated yesterday's final. I hope this comes off as it would be great to hear from refs what it's like out there on the pitch .

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