Tuesday, April 21, 2009


PSMS hoping for AFC Cup bounty

There’s quite a bit of action today featuring Indonesian sides both domestically and in Asian club competition.

We’ll start with Persib taking on Persita. Even though this is a home game for the Tangerang side it’s being played at Persib’s home stadium which, if fans are allowed, should allow a healthy injection of cash for Persita who have ben deprived of their own support this season.

Persib, who recently overcame Sriwijaya 3-2, as indeed did Persita, will be without the influential Lorenzo Cabanas in the middle and Maman Abdurahman at the back. Persita on the other hand will be looking for more of the same from 25 year old striker Made Adi Wirahan whose late brace against Persijap secured an unlikely three points last Friday.

Persiba host Persik in Balikpapan with bth sides lacking familiar faces up top. Persiba’s leading scorer Musafry will miss the game through suspension and his strike partner Gaston Castano isn’t fully fit either. At the back Mijo Dadic and Rully Saputan will also be missing with injuries.

Similarly Persil will be without both Saktiawan Sinaga and Ronaldo Fagundez for this mid table clash.

Elsewhere on Kalimantan PKT host Arema in another game featuring sides in the wrong half of the table. PKT currently sit 17th with 19 points while Arema, who have struggled to score goals since losing Emile Mbamba maybe 11th but are in danger of being sucked into a relegation struggle.

Bottom club Deltras make the shortish journey to Persela knowing they have yet to win on their travels while Persela, under new coach Widodo Cahyono Putro, welcome back Marcio Souza their top scorer and free kick specialist.

In the ACL Sriwijaya host Gamba Osaka. Two goals scored and fourteen against tells its own sorry tale and coach Rahmad Darmawan will be hoping his side can finally break their ACL hoodoo and get their first points tonight. But they will have to do so with Ferry Rotinsulu who was injured against Persib last week. He is replaced by Dede Sulaiman.

Things are looking better for PSMS though in the AFC Cup. Deprived of a game against Persja last Friday they turned their attentions to the Maldives, and why not, as they prepare to take on VB later on today in the capital Male. The Medan side sit second in the table three points behind leaders South China but five ahead of both VB and Johor. A draw today would go along way to securing their passage to the group stage.

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