Thursday, January 28, 2010


How about them imports?

With just a couple of games left in the first round of fixtures in the Indonesia Super League how about a mid term report? Every player I have spoken to tells me they are having a blast both on and off the field with more than a couple saying they should have made the move a few years earlier.

Noh Alam Shah (Arema)

Top of the table, scoring goals, the odd booking and red card, you could be forgiven for thinking same old NAS. Except, on the times I have seen him play, he has not been wound up like he used to be in Singapore. His team are nicknamed the Crazy Lions but Alam Shah is more like a Purring Puddy Cat this season.

M. Ridhuan (Arema)

Ever present for his team, plenty of assists a la Cesc Fabregas, the Arema fans have taken this guy to their hearts. One Singaporean told me that it is Riduan who has been the most consistent performer of the ones who arrived in October.

Mustafic Fahruddin (Persija)

Missed a lot of games through injury but has performed solidly every game he has played, plodding along in midfeild. Managed a shot against Bontang!

Baihakki Kaizan (Persija)

Struggled at first to form a partnership alongside Abanda Herman but recent games have shown signs that the understanding is developing. Even played the odd game in central midfield.

Pipat Thonkaya (Persisam)

Consistent peformer for his team. Very tidy, intelligent player who will usually work the keeper. He has had a number of partners up front as his team pays for not signing strikers pre season.

Suchao Nutnum (Persib)

Tears in Bandung as the impressive Suchao returns to Thailand after his short spell here declaring his love for Persib. The best of the bunch.

Shinthaweechai Hathairatanakul (Persib)

Familiar face to Persib fans now in his second spell with the club. Had a few shaky moments early in the season but played his part in Persib's recent rise up the table.

Precious Emuejeraye (Sriwijaya)

Partners Indonesian captain Charis Yulianto, Sriwijaya have the second leakiest defence in the league.

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