Monday, May 24, 2010
We're On The March, We're Robert's Army
Arema's game against PSPS midweek in Pekanbaru could well be the title clincher. A point for Robert Albert's team would secure their first ever Indonesia Super League. It won't be easy. PSPS have conceded four goals at home all season and have won 12 out of their 15 games played there.
But Arema's fans are an optimistic bunch. Pekanbaru, on the island of Sumatra, is a tad far for even the most fanatic fan so the Aremania have decided party time will be in Jakarta on 30 May when they meet Persija.
It is thought 10,000 blue clad Arema fans will converge on Jakarta for the game that, they hope, will see them presented with the trophy.
They're coming by rail, by bus, by car, by ship. From their home town of Malang, from all over East Java, from Kalimantan, from Riau all roads will lead to Bung Karno Stadium in the heart of Jakarta hoping they will see skipper Pierre Njanka raise the trophy high.
If of course the local police, who do tend to cancel football matches when the whim takes them, allow the game to go ahead. There's no reason to cancel. Arema and Persija fans are like lips and teeth. They are as much united by their respect for each other as their hatred for their rivals, Persebaya and Persib.
Senayan on Sunday could be one big blue and orange party. Wonder if the good burghers who will go about their normal Sunday mall hopping know what they are in for?