Wednesday, January 06, 2016


Indonesia's Revolving Door

With serious Indonesian football still in lock down a number of players continue to look enviously abroad for a way out while one player has seemingly turned his back on an overseas league.

Achmad Jufriyanto recently had an unsuccessful trial with Terengganu in Malaysia and while he is now back in Indonesia has not yet shut the door on a move overseas should the opportunity arise.

One player who has upped sticks and gone abroad is Titus Bonai. The former Sriwijaya striker has signed for Kanbawza in the Myanmar National League where he may well bump into some familiar faces. Aly Camara for example had a stint with PSIM more than a decade ago while fellow Indonesian Dedi Gusmawan plays for the wonderfully named Zeyashwemye.

Okta Maniani on the other hand has impressed during his trial with PKNS in Malaysia. Despite his good performances the club sound pessimistic about signing the one time international. 'Octo is a good player, but we are worried about the technical issues if we sign him. The Indonesian FA are having problems with FIFA right now, and we are worried he would not get a quick clearance to play for PKNS.

'If we can get the assurance that there will not be any problems or delays for his transfer certificate, then we will definitely consider signing him on,' said coach Elavarasan.

While some of the cannier players look abroad for options at least one player is keen to return home. Victor Igbonefo, a naturalised defender, spent part of last year on loan at Osotspa in Thailand and looked to be staying in the land of smiles with Siam Navy. Now it seems he has decided to return to Indonesia and has returned to Arema despite the uncertainty.

Any idea when the Indonesian Super League will kick off this season?
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