Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Some Local Gossip
With the transfer window about to open plenty of gossip will be doing the rounds. As ever I will only post news that appears in other media.
The biggest news is of course Noh Alam Shah becoming a free agent after leaving Arema IPL. Tampines Rovers have said they will take him back in the blink of an eye; it's no secret NAS and the chairman of the Stags are very close.
Whether the Singapore striker will fancy a return to Singapore is another matter. Persib have been linked with him in Indonesia and the thought of playing in front of a large passionate support is every player's dream.
Persiba Bantul in the IPL have said they are not really interested in NAS and the only foreign striker they would recruit would be Fortune Udo who scored 34 goals in their promotion winning season and now plays in Vietnam. Certainly they have found scoring much harder without Fortune; just seven in seven games but that's enough to keep them joint second.
With the threat of internationals not being allowed to play for the national team if they play in the ISL there is a feeling some may jump ship to the IPL. Oktavianus Maniani surprisingly moved to Presiram from Sriwijaya mid season and is thought to be keen on a move to the IPL with Persiraja, Semen Padang and Persija IPL among those who maybe interested.
Patrick Wanggai, Persidafon's striker is also being linked with IPL clubs; Persema and Persebaya.
On the coaching front former Arema man Milomir Seslija, recently out from Arema, is being linked with Persija IPL if the incumbent there moves to the national team set up.
Doncha just love this stuff!