Saturday, November 10, 2012


Arema Boost Ranks With Experience

Arema's preparations for the Indonesia Super League gather apace. Now coached by Rahmad Darmawan after the proposed merger between the Crazy Lions and Pelita Jaya never happened, the team from Malang have been adding some experience to their squad after a disappointing campaign last time round.

In have come Malaysian striker Safee Sali, Greg Nwokolo, Keith Kayamba and Alberto Goncalves to pep up the strike force. Sir Alex Ferguson talks about having four strikers, now Arema too can call on top notch goal getters to lead their push for success next season.

Also joining are Victor Igbenefo, who played alongside Nwokolo at Pelita Jaya and on loan with Chiang Rai United, Theirry Gatheusi to tighten up the defence and Egi Melgiansyah for some midfield presence.

They have also been trialling a young Nepalese defender, Rohit Chand, who impressed for Tottenham defender Graham Roberts while he was coaching the Nepal national team.

It's all a far cry from last season when Arema struggled to find any players and were forced to call upon journeymen to fill their ranks. Now with a squad filled with talent and experience the Aremania will be hoping they can challenge the likes of Sriwijaya and Persipura for the ISL last won in 2009/2010.

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