Monday, February 16, 2009


Where's the goals?

Persitara v Deltras 1- 1 (Kusen; Bassoken)
Persib v PSM 0-0 24,000
Pelita Jaya v Persita 1-0 (Cristiano Lopes)
PSIS v Persijap 0-0 15,127

After the flood of goals at the Persija game last week against Persiwa, cometh the famine. I got to catch up with three of the bottom clubs over the weekend and boy was it impressive? Maybe not.

First up was the Persitara game on Saturday against Deltras who had been busy during the mid season break snapping up Danilo Fernando and Gustavo Chena but they need someone who can score Hilary Echesa doesn’t look like he can do that at the moment. Danilo, on the other hand, has all the makings of this generation’s very own Jan Molby. I never knew they made shirts that size!

The home side were without new signing Prince Kabir Bello, suspended after two yellows in his first two games, but instead of giving Mostapha Aji his first run out new coach Dick Buitelaar elected to push Bassoken up top.

Difficult to know how to describe this game so perhaps it’s best I don’t. A belly full of lunch time beer does that to the brain. Deltras were roared on by about 100 fans who had made the long journey up from Sidoarjo and spent the night before kipping on the floor of the Persija fan club’s office in the stadium. Great story but one that doesn’t attract any interest from mainstream media who prefer riots and brawls.

Persitara had more about them and in Rahmat Rivai, a former national team player, perhaps the best player on the pitch. Mostapha Aji came on for the second half and was busy but little more. Any regulars may know I have mentioned him a few times before and I was interested in what the geezer sat next to me thought. He nodded approvingly and said he was fast and skilful.

Deltras could and should have had a penalty second half. A two footed challenge from behind that misse the ball and brings down the attacker? Dead cert pen in my book and also the geezer next to me agreed. And he should know, what with him being coach of Persija, Danurwindo.

The visitors took the lead, Persitara equalized moments later and that, fact fans, was that.

Sunday being hangover day I had a late start but still managed to get to Soreang in time for the Pelita Jaya game with exceedingly low expectations and I wasn’t disappointed. In the 40 games played beforehand by these two sides they had only produced 33 goals. Take the Brazilian striker Lopes out of the mix and their combined squads had scored 23 goals.

The only quality on the pitch came from Lopes and his header half way through the second half was enough to spare us a 0-0. Persita? Difficult to say anything positive about them. Indeed when you look to Adolfo Souza for goals then you’re in trouble.

There was absolutely no atmosphere in the stadium at all. Indeed Pelita Jaya coach Fandi Ahmad must have thought he was back in Singapore, so subdued was the crowd. No Persita fans had made the three hour trip and Pelita Jaya have done little to attract fans to their new home stadium. At least last season in Purwakarta they pulled reasonable numbers but yesterday the only shirts I saw worn by fans were belonging to Persib.

As with Rahmat Rivai on Saturday, on Sunday it was Rudi Wibowo. A former international, he had chances but only succeeded in keeping the ball boys busy on what was a depressing afternoon all round with the exception of Fandi’s boys who least had three points to comfort them.

The lack of goals is of concern though and there are stories doing the rounds that theyare interested in bring James Koko Lomell back to Indonesia. The Liberian striker hit 17 goals last season for PSMS

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