Friday, September 24, 2010


Who runs Persija?

This is a story that has been running for a while but I haven't bothered touching it because I'm not always sure of my translation skills! This piece comes from the Jakarta Globe and covers the problem pretty well.

Two groups have come forward claiming management control over Persija Jakarta, the latest in a series of internal disputes that has plagued the capital club.

One faction, led by Tony Tobias, claims to have been officially recognized by the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) and Persija officials as the group handling the team.

“I was officially appointed Persija chairman on Sept. 1. I’ve already reported to PSSI, the Jakarta governor’s office and other Persija members,” said Tony, who has named Effendi Anas as manager and Benny Erwin as assistant manager.

Before his appointment, Effendi served with the Jakarta government’s public order office. Benny is one of the club owners affiliated with Persija.

Another group, led by Hadi Basalamah, is said to have the support of Persija and gained management control over the club through a congress that was held last month.

Under the Hadi faction, Haryanto Badjoeri was designated team manager and Ferry Indrasjaried his assistant.

Before the dispute, Haryanto and Ferry were recognized as the legitimate holders of their respective positions.

“I don’t mind stepping down from my position. I have been with the team for three years and we haven’t won a title,” Ferry said. “But they should be gentlemen.”

Ahead of the 2009-10 season officials vowed that Persija would win a title.

Instead, the Kemayoran Tigers endured a string of problems both on and off the field.

A rift in the club management, which had some officials fighting for control of the team throughout the season, scuttled Persija’s plans.

Before the start of the 2009-10 season, entrepreneur Edy Joenardi, who had agreed to invest Rp 30 billion ($3.3 million) in the club, was on the verge of taking over Persija, but later allegedly backed out because of the infighting.

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