Monday, December 01, 2014


Ferdinand's Sriwijaya Switch Leaves Hole In Persib Attack

Things are looking bright at Sriwijaya for next season with the club investing heavily in three of the country's brightest attacking talents, Ferdinand Sinaga, Patrich Wanggai and Titus Bonai but back in Bandung, no one is celebrating.

From the euphoria of winning their first ever title last month, ironically in Palembang, the Bobotoh are coming to terms with the fact they have lost their top scorer.

Ferdinand's fiery nature and eye for goal  endeared him to the Persib faithful and his goals played a major part in bringing the trophy to Bandung.

Ferdinand's departure comes hot on the heels of the news that transfer target Ilija Spasojevic could well be moving to Bandung but to Pelita Bandung Raya and not Persib.

As ever Persib are being linked with some big names including Emmanuel Kenmogne and Sergio van Dijk but unusually for the West Java club they are being slow off the move. Kenmogne, formerly of Persebaya, has been strongly linked with Kelantan in the Malaysia Super League.

And the striker may not be the last to leave with suggestion Vladimir Vujovic, whose goals played such an important part in Persib's run in, has yet to put pen to paper for the new season.

Kudos to Sriwijaya for moving quickly in the transfer window after a couple of relatively bland seasons but Persib fans will be feeling less charitable and the pressure will soon be on for a big name striker ahead of the 2015 season which is likely to begin in February. And with the club looking at Asian club competition next season for the first time in yonks, Persib will need to get busy recruiting players to build on the momentum of last season's success.

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