Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Kenji Arrival Signals Amri's Exit

Persiba Balikpapan have signed Japanese striker Kenji Adichihara from Bontang. Kenji spent two years with the team about six hours up the road from Balikpapan and netted 30 goals in his time there despite the team struggling most of that time.

He will renew his productive strike partnership with Paraguayan striker Aldo Baretto who made the same journey last year and has decided to stay with the Honey Bears for one more season.

Kenji, who also played for Albirex Niigata in the SLeague, will replace Singaporean striker Khairul Amri whose season with Persiba was marred by injury. Just like his time with Tampines Rovers was marred by injury. Just like his time with Young Lions was marred by injury.

In fact given his unmistakable talent and his ability to spend long periods on the treatment table he would seem an ideal signing for Arsenal. And with him being forever injured they wouldn't even need a work permit!

Anyway, one Honey Bear tells me Amri may turn up next in Malaysia with Selangor! The season doesn't start there till January 2012, that should be long enough for him to recover, get injured and recover again!

If you ask me, MU looks more likely. Remember their croc Owen Hargreaves?
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