Thursday, April 03, 2014


Remarkable Day For Indonesian Football

God knows, Indonesian football gets a bad rap from many people. Yesterday I asked on Twitter how many foreigners followed local guy responded not many locals followed local teams!

A few more days like yesterday and who knows, maybe the sentiment may turn positive!

We'll start with Persipura. They travelled to the Maldives to take on New Radiant, now coached by former Mitra Kukar and Pelita Bandung Raya gaffer Simon McMenemy.

The Black Pearls came away with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from skipper and team icon Boas Solossa.

The win keeps Persipura top of their group with a lead of four points over second placed Churchill Brothers who Jacksen F Tiago's men play next week. A draw there and Persipura will be assured of top spot in the group stage.

It was the second time within 24 hours an Indonesian team had defeated a club side from the Maldives following Arema's narrow 3-2 win over Maziya S&C in the same competition.

Indeed, if you add in Indonesia U23's 5-0 thrashing of their counterparts from Sri Lanka, you could say that Indonesia rules the roost when it comes to Indian Ocean island nations!

Talking about the U23s, last night they travelled to Singapore to play the SingaporeU23 at Hougang Stadium, Jalan Besar was being used by Home United for their AFC Cup ties with Churchill Brothers, they won 2-1.

Shafiq Ghani gave the home team the lead on 36 minutes but Indonesia, preparing for the Asian Games later this year, fought back second half and goals from Ramdani Lestaluhu (56) and Dedi Kusanandar gave them a surprise win.

And there is more. The national team, on their tour of Spain, defeated Villarreal B 1-0 with a goal by Zulham Zamrun.

There can't be many times in recent years when so many Indonesians have done their nation proud within such a short period of time, and playing away from home...and remember, this does not include the trailblazing Under 19s who started the winning feeling last year in the AFF and AFC qualifying competitions.

Whether or not we ware witnessing a sea change in the fortunes of football here can be left for those with the benefit of hindsight. Surely, for now, it is enough to savour a rare series of wins...

There is another good result from Street child World cup in Brazil

Indonesia 12 - 0 South Africa
Indonesia 3 - 0 Brazil

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