Friday, April 05, 2013


NAS, PSS & $$$

Former Singapore international Noh Alam Shah is set to be the highest paid player at second tier club PSS Sleman, although the club’s management stopped short of releasing figures on the striker's wages. 
“It is only right that Along [Alam Shah] gets a high wage, as the player’s value is high in the market," PSS team manager told Supardjiono
"I also think his jersey will sell very well. Along also has the pull factor that will bring in the fans to our stadium.”
However, it is not purely a business transaction for the club as Alam Shah’s quality on the pitch is inarguable. Alam Shah has experienced the highest level of football in Indonesia with Arema Indonesia and Persib Bandung, and his arrival at PSS will make the team one of the strongest in the Divisi Utama PT LPIS (First Division). 
“We never doubted his ability and we are at ease with him joining us,” Supardjiono explained.
"If one is to ask about his actual wage, it is better to ask the player himself. But it is confirmed that he has officially signed for us alongside 21 other players."
According to Supardjiono, the player's wage for a month is about Rp340 million (USD34,979) and this works out to about Rp3.4 billion per season (a total of ten months); the club's operational budget is Rp5 billion. 
Alam Shah last played for Tampines Rovers in the S.League, having joined the club midway through the previous season from Persib Bandung.
Although the striker failed to register a single goal, he collected a championship medal as the Stags ended the season at the summit, four points ahead of their closest rivals Brunei DPMM FC.


COMMENT - sorry, Noh Alam Shah earns three times more than the previous highest earners in Indonesia? He earns a salary on a par with players in the lower divisions in England? He earns 66% of the club's annual budget? Can no one see any ducks 'cos I'm hearing plenty of quacks.

PSS play in the second tier Divisi Utama, the one below the Indonesia Premier League. They have good support, I saw them last season take an impressive 300 to an away game against Persipasi. But them paying a salary like that?

The club from the district of Yogyakarta so indeed boast one of the better stadiums in the country but management there are anticipating a gate take of 100,000,000 IDR (approx $10,000) from their first three home games of the season. 

They have also added former Indonesian international Budi Sudarsono to their ranks and he won't come cheap.

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