Saturday, June 03, 2017
Borneo Await As Persiba Return Home
Finally some good news for beleagured Persiba. After a truly dreadful start to the season which has seen them pick up a single point from their opening eight games the Honey Bears are finally returning home.
Persiba started the 2017 season in unfamiliar surroundings when they were told they could not use their traditional Persiba Stadium in Balikpapan and their new venue wasn't yet ready. Then coach Timno Scheunemann then had to prepare his team for the season ahead knowing they would be based in Malang, a different city on a different island in a different time zone.
Timo resigned after three games but new coach Milo Seslija hasn't been able to affect a turn around as the team struggle to blend new, young players into an unfamiliar surrounding.
A return to Balikpapan has to be a good move for the team. Traditionally have been a tough nut to crack on their own manor while playing in Malang has seen them lose all four of their home games, scoring zero goals in the process.\
Their first test back home sees them come up against East Kalimantan rivals Borneo in what is sure to be a firey return home. Milo probably couldn't care less who the opponents are, he and the team will be focused on putting on a performances for the long suffering home support and hoping to pick up their first three points of the season.