Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Arema Duo Next For LPI?

FIFA's bluster from Swiatzerland doesn't seem to be having much effect on the Liga Primer Indonesia with news now that Arema's Singapore duo, Noh Alam Shah and M Riduan, have had talks with the LPI about a possible move there when the window opens in May.

The pair are slightly peeved about the continued problem of late salaries. They were close to leaving before the season even began and were set to follow their skipper Pierre Njanka to Sriwijaya before he decided at the last minute to stay with the champions.

However he only stayed half a season before joining Atjeh United and it's hardly a big surprise the Singapore pair are keen for pastures new as well.

For all the team's endeavours on the field, Indonesia Super League champions last season, and a great result in the ACL last week losing 2-1 in Japan, the club just can't get their head around the concept of cash flow.

In a few hours time Arema face Jeonbuk in their second ACL game of the season. This talk is hardly the best preparation but then neither is an inability to pay salaries and bonuses on time.

Arema could be, should be one of the biggest football brands in the region but yet again mismanagement sees them fail to fully exploit their position.Instead we see Muang Thong United show them how to build a club and market a club using the deep pockets of private sponsors, not cronies of the PSSI leadership.

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