Sunday, March 03, 2019


Persebaya's Balde Hits The Ground Running

Persebaya fans celebrating
Any new signing carries a risk. Especially when bringing in a foreign player who has never played in the country before. And that risk is magnified for strikers. As any ex pro pundit is so keen to tell us mere funs, goals win games and if a striker doesn't hit the ground running then chances are high, especially in Indonesia, he won't  be around for long and sod the contract.

Persebaya's Amido Balde however seems destined to have played for the Green Power and judging by the impact he has made so far he looks to be that rarest of player who does make an immediate impact.

The 27 year old Guinea Bisseau striker has had stints with other famous green clad clubs like Sporting Lisbon and Celtic so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised at how he has settled in so quickly to life in Surabaya.

And what an impact. We are obviously a few months away from the Liga 1 season kicking off but with Piala Indonesia and Piala President ongoing Balde has already shown what he is about

16/02 Persebaya v Persinga 8-0 (Balde 4 goals)
19/02 February Persidago v Persebaya 4-1 (Balde 2 goals)
23/02 Persebaya v Persidago 7-0 (Balde 4 goals)
02/03 Perseru v Persebaya 2-3 (Balde 2)

Twelve goals in four games is a decent return by any standard and when you add the potential goal threat Balde brings to the Persebaya side coach Djadjang Nurdjaman is assembling could we be seeing the making of a strong team with the ability to challenge for the title?

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