Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Jakarta Casual Awards 2010

In my spare moments, not too many at the moment, I am already thinking about the jakarta Casual Awards 2010. These are perhaps the only awards in the whole footballing world decided by a fat geezer in the pub so that is surely enough to give them some credibility, innit?

A few candidates for player of the year with Arema featuring strongly. Pierre Njanka has been immense for them at the back. He is the club captain and is also highly respected off the field. M Riduan has been on fire all year after a slow start following his move from Tampines Rovers while Yongki Aribowo has impressed with both Persik and Arema as well as knocking on the door of the national team.

Of course it's not all about Indonesia. Frederic Mendy has looked good with Etoile while Bah Mamadou with Gombak United has proved assured at the heart of one of the meanest defences in Singapore. Latiff and Shahril Jantan and that Japanese geezer at SAFFC have also impressed.

In Thailand Kawin has again looked assured while Sarayoot has had a good season in front of goal for Thai Port.

Candidates for young player of the year include Mendy and Yongki as well as Oktavianus at Sriwijaya.

Coach of year contenders include Rahmad Darmawan who won the Indonesia Cup for the third successive season, Patrick Vallee 'cos he pisses people off and Robert Alberts who got Arema playing with such fluidity and one of my favourite coaches Daniel Roekito who doesn't know the meaning of defend. Last season he guided unfancied Persiba to third place.

Good to see a lot more decent unofficial websites out there, especially in Indonesia. Ongisnade won it at a canter last season but it won't be so simple in 2010 with quite a few fans upping the stakes and moving away from flashy animations, scrolling and stoopid .gifs.

If you have any suggestions please feel free to add them to the comments, thanks

Check out who won what at the Jakarta Casual Awards 2009.

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