Thursday, June 07, 2007


Ricardo Salampessy - Persipura Jayapura

Looking back at Indonesian line ups over the recent years I've been struck by how many of the same old names keep appearing. A bit like Frank Lampard really, some players become as much a part of the scenery as the coach driver and the person who irons the shirts.

Salampessy is one of the new breed and further proof of the rich talent that lies in Indonesia's Eastern Islands. Pessy, as he is luckily called, was born in Ambon in 1984. In fact, from the world of useless John Motson stats, he was born on the very day I was at Highbury watching an insipid Arsenal draw 1-1 with Aston Villa, Graham Rix scoring our goal in a team that featured Jennings, Sansom, O'Leary and Charlie Nicholas.

But I digress. Pessy began his career with Persiwa Wamena in 2004 but he just spent a couple of seasons in the Papuan highlands before moving north to the bright lights of Jayapura. He is no stranger to the National set up having played last year in the Merdeka Cup, the ASEAN Cup and now a shoe in for the Asian Cup at right back.

Ricardo Salampessy - the very friendly guy from Indonesia, whom I met last SEA GAmes in Bacolod. Of all the football players i met in there he was the most approachable one. He even let me listen to songs played in his CD.

He is a good player as well..
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