Sunday, November 22, 2009


A footballer's life

There is no Rothman's Football Yearbook in Indonesia so keeping track of players is difficult, especially when many transfers go unreported by the national media. Here then is a look at players who have moved from the ISL to the IPL. I'm afraid I'm assuming basic geographical knowledge of the country in most cases.

Stephen Mennoch seems to have been around ages but I forget which clubs! Now though he is doing his stuff with Persipasi. Alex Robinson, formerly of Persela, has made the move to PSSB Bireuen so he'd better get used to lengthy road trips. The town is several hours from the nearest airport and he has a couple of trips to Java to make including Persikabo which is also a couple of hours from an airport.

Semen Padang appointed former Persik, Persib and Persija coach Arcan Iurie and he has attracted former international keeper Achmad Kurniawan. There is also a Marcio Souza listed in their ranks but I'm not sure if that is the same cock sure individual who had three successful years with Persela.

Persita face life in the second tier of Indonesian football with former PSIS player Antiono Teles in their squad and the familiar Ilham Jaya Kusuma who has been a prolific scorer down the years with Persita and Persisam among others.

PSMS look distinctly out of place in the lower league but they have added Maradona to their team. Funny, thought he had been suspended for a couple of months. There is also a Nyeck Nyobe who may be the former Persib player. Or not as the case maybe.

Esiah Benson was part of a combative Persitara midfield last season alongside John Takpor. But while Tarkpor gets to wear the green of Persebaya this season Benson has ended up with Persiraja Banda Aceh after spells with Persita and Arema.

Persih Tembilahan have added a couple of Persija squad players, Maully Lessy and Ade Suhendra as well as bringing in former Persijap striker Ilham hasan who contributed a few vital goals at the tail end of last season for the Central Java side.

Persikota have for PSIS player Ebi Sukore with them. Like Mennoch he has been around ages but I forget which other clubs! Talking Arema, their former non event of a striker last season Udo Fortune now must seek his fortune with Persikab Bandung where the former Sengkang Punggol striker (?) meets up with Abdelaziz Djribil who if I'm not mistaken has also graced the SLeague and Persiraja.

Some familar names at Persidafon Dagonsoro who play in Sentani near Jayapura. Elie Aiboy has moved there from PSMS Medan for a start. The Indonesian international has also played for Selangor in Malaysia, Arema, Persija, Semen Padang and Persipura. Throw in Bruno Casmir, formerly of Persita and Arema, Javier Roca, formerly of Persebaya, Persija, Persitara and Persiba among others and Purwanto from Persebaya and you have a real statement of intent from the Papuans.

Another ambitious club are Pro Duta who have upped sticks from Bandung to Sleman. Coached by former Persikota geezer Kostadin Angelov they have recruited former Persija and Persebaya squad member Francis Wewengkang, the highly rated young Irvin Museng who has had trials with Ajax, Jordie Kartika, forget where he has played before, Tarik Janaby (ex PKT, Arema(?)) and Emalue Serge once of PSIS and Arema.

Relegated PSIS have added big names with former PSMS, Perlis and Deltras midfielder Gustavo Chena joining along with ex Pelita Jaya striker Cristiano Lopes. Talking PSIS one of their old hands, Basile Onambele, has joined Gresik United.

He once trained with Sampdoria in Italy. More recently he has sampled Asian Champions League football with Persik. Now Kurnia Sandy is between the sticks with Mitra Kukar along with former Persitara midfielder reggie Raydityo.

Mojokerto Putra have a familiar face up front in Germain Bationo who has had time with Persitara and PSS while midfield enforcer I Putu Gede, once so effective alongside Esiah Benson at Persita and Arema, is now with Persipro Probolinggo.

Like Persidafon, Persiram Raja Ampat have splashed the cash. They have recruited former Persipura and PSM coach raja Isa and signed promosing young international Rachmat Latif, who came on as sub against Kuwait last week, Julien Mbom Mbom once of PSMS Titus Bonai from Bontang and ex PSIS striker Marthen Tao.

PSBI Blitar have brought in anorther former PSIS chap, Bienvenue Nnengue as well as ex Deltras Dede Hugo which is nice. Two players who have recent experience of relegation.

Exciting times indeed in the Indonesia Premier League which kicks off on Thursday.


U are right. Abdelaziz Dnibi did play in Sgp for Geylang United in 2006 or 07. Didnt know he was in Indo now. Udo Fortune played for the now defunct Sporting Afrique. nope he didnt play for Sengkang.
Btw, any idea where Essa Basile is now? My last information was that He came from Woodlands to Arema..

yeah i like the return of the ASEAN championship again too. Sponsors aside, not sure if the fixtres can fit in to the ACL & AFC Cup.

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