Saturday, January 12, 2008


Perfect final but ...

Tomorrow's Copa final between Sriwijaya and Persipura at Bung Karno in Jakarta has all the makings of a classic. Two attack minded teams, quality players you couldn't ask for more. Could you?

I was milling around a press conference earlier today and a couple of people told me it wasn't the perfect final. Far from it.

With Persija consigned to battling for 3rd spot with Pelita Jaya the attendance tomorrow is likely to fall way short of Thursday's semi finals when some 70,000 fans attended.

While football neutrals, that loathsome spieces which includes me, look forward to a non Javanese final, beancounters are less happy at the prospect. I jokingly suggested the ideal scenario was Persija, Persib, Persebaya and Arema Malang competing and you should have seen their eyes light up.

The police and security personnel would have been less happy!

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