Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Do Or Die For Semen Padang Against Perseru
Perseru's unexpected 2-1 triumph over Papuan neighbours Persipura not only knocked the Black Pearls' title winning ambitions for six. The three points allowed Perseru to climb out of the bottom three where it seems they have been rooted all season.
The drop zone has been filled by Gresik United, Persib and Perseru for nearly all of the season suggesting that all three were destined to go down and many observers, enthralled by the race at the other end of the table, have perhaps taken their eye off the ball.
But Perseru's win was their third in five games suggesting a mini recovery out there at Marora Stadium and while they have been picking up points quietly another team has been sucked into the relegation frame by doing the exact opposite.
Semen Padang lost 2-0 to Persija at the weekend, their 13th game without a win and more crucially their seventh loss in eight games.
The highly rated Nil Maizer was sacked early October and after a brief spell under caretaker Delfi Adri Semen Padang appointed Syiafranto Rusli to try and salvage their season last week and he gets an early opportunity to throw down a marker this weekend when the Minang side host fellow strugglers Perseru.
No doubt Semen Padang have missed the goals of Brazilian striker Marcel Sacremento. The 30 year old netted 21 times last season, the second highest in the Indonesia Soccer Championship, but has struggled for form this time around, managing just five; his last goal coming in the 3-1 loss against Bali United back in August.
While Vendry Mofu has stepped up to the plate with a career high nine he is not seen as the team's main goalgetter. Had his goals been a supplement to Sacremento's then Semen Padang would be looking at a reasonable place in the table but they aren't.
Tears flowed as the players slumped to the ground following their 2-0 loss away to Persija last time out but they need to regroup and put on a show for the faithful this weekend. The club have done their bit by offering free admission to anyone wearing red at the relegation six pointer but the supporters will be looking for some passion on the field to go with a strong performance if they are to pull away from the relegation zone.