Saturday, February 20, 2010


So, what are you up to over the next few days?

I was talking with a couple of players the other day and noticed how much travelling they were, or were not, looking forward to over the next couple of weeks.

Sriwijaya, for example, are off to the Maldives for AFC Cup action. Well, most of them are. Precious Emuejeraye for one is not looking forward to any beach time as he will be joining up with the Singapore national team as they prepare for a trip to Jordan for their final Asian Cup qualifier.

Joining Precious will be Baihakki Kaizan who he played against in the ISL at Bung Karno on Friday afternoon bit one international not joining them is Mustafic Fahruddin. The midfielder is suspended from the Jordan game so he prepared for a few lazy days by being carried off in the same game a few times.

Indonesia have their own trip to look forward to with a flight to Brisbane to take on a meaningless game against Australia. A long way to go for Benny Dollo's last game in charge with no chance of qualification and, to make matters worse, three days after the game they have an ISL game to get ready for. After a five hour transit in Sydney.

As I type this Kosin is playing his last game for Persib against Persisam. On Tuesday the Thai international keeper flies back to Thailand, along with Pipat Thongkaya, to get ready for the Thais own Asian Cup qualifier. But while Pipat will return Kosin won't so expect an emotional send off later tonight as he throws his gloves into the fans one last time.

Things are no less tiring for ISL Champions Persipura. Fresh from playing a couple of home games back in Jayapura, the Black Pearls have ACL action next Tuesday against Jeonbuk in Jakarta, about a six hour flight from Papua, then many of that team will be heading off to Brisbane with the national team.

In contrast Geylang United's schedule seems somewhat tame. After playing young Lions in the pointless League Cup they then host Hong Kong side Tai Po at Jalan Besar, just a few stops west on the MRT.

The players may have a gripe about the gruelling schedules but one thing is worse. And that is not having a busy schedule.

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