Monday, October 07, 2013


Coulibaly In Demand

This promises to be an interesting close season with a handful of clubs chasing the top names. It may lack the glamour and 24/7 coverage of the transfer window but then in this part of the world maybe we don't have that much free time. I certainly don't!

Anyway, Barito Putra's Djibril Coulibaly is one name that is sure to attract envious glances after an impressive season with newly promoted Barito Putra. Sorry, I don't have the stats, the ISL website is down. Again! Anyway, Mitra Kukar have already been linked with him.

Expect a bit of a chase for Persisam's Lancine Kone as well. Techincally gifted, he could do a job at many places if Persisam cannot hold on to him.

There was talk a few weeks back of India's Mohan Bagun expressing an interest in Semen Padang's long serving striker Edward Wilson Junior.

In Malaysia expect the canny to have a look at Sime Darby's Karlo Primorac after a prolific season. Then again Sime Darby are one of a few Malaysian clubs offering a pretty good wedge now.

Strong rumours several of the Malaysia Super League title winners heading across the Causeway. Hariss Harun to Johor Darul Takzim, Bahakki Khaizan to Johor (the other one), Safuwan Baharuddin to T Team. Striker Shahril Ishak is another who could be on the move.

I would like to see some more Indonesian players try their luck overseas. Players like Titus Bonai for example, Vendry Mofu. They both struggled against East Bengal after Wilson went off during Semen Padang's AFC Cup tie against the Indian team, they would benefit from being taken out of their comfort zone.

While no one can accuse Boas Solossa of not getting the goals when needed, perhaps the time is also right for him to have a look overseas?

Look at Bahakki for example. He returned from Indonesia revitalised, a more astute and yes, more mature, player. He has been sensational the last 12 months or so.

Persib have as ever been acting swiftly, bringing in Tantan and Ahmad Jefriyanto

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