Thursday, April 09, 2015


Zulham The Game Changer

Persipura v Bali United Pusam 5-2 (Tinus Pae, Zulham Zamrun 2, Boas Solossa, Robertinho; Lerby 2) 21,136

He was one of the few bright lights during Indonesia's failure at last year's ASEAN Football Federation Cup. Persipura were strangely inactive during the pre season transfer free for all. Then the three times champions snapped up 27 year old Zulham and things slipped into place.

Lerby, no relation to former Danish international Soren, gave the visitors a surprise lead on just three minutes and doubled it before half an hour. Bali United, complete with former Persipura keeper Jae Hoon between the sticks, were taking the game to the Black Pearls and the home team were none too happy.

A goal right on half time by Tinue Pae soothed the nerves somewhat for the home team but coach Osvaldo Lessa refused to make any dramatic changes during the break.

Instead he waited until half way through the second half when he hauled off Yohannes Pahabol, two goal hero in their last game, and replaced him with the man they are calling ZZ7 on 63 minutes. Four minutes later and it was he who levelled the scores.

Boas (81'), with an assist by the substitute, and Robertinho (85') put the game to bed while Zulham completed his cameo with a second in injury time.

Gresik United v Mitra Kukar 3-2 (Yusuf Effendi, M Kamri, Jimmy Supriono; Septian Maulana, Diego Michiels) 9,000

Gresik United came from behind to defeat 10 man Mitra Kukar to make it a perfect start to the season for the East Java side.

2-1 down at half time, M Kamri formerly of Persema and the veteran Supriono fought back to the delight of the home support.

It has been a tough baptism for new Mitra Kukar coach Scott Cooper who had previously worked with Buriram United and Muang Thong United in Thailand but while his side may have lost their opening two games he will know that on the horizon are a couple of home games which can go someway towards moving his side away from the nether reaches of the table where they now reside. Mind you, next up is Arema!

Gresik maybe enjoying the view from 3rd place where they are level on points with leaders Persipura and champions Persib but they wont have much time to savour the points; on Saturday they are away to Barito Putera!

Perseru v Persiram 1-1 (Ali Qaddafi; Mbida Messi)

Persebaya v Pusamania Borneo 1-1 (Emile Mbamba; Lopicic)

The game that had all of football talking after it was alleged  former professional footballer had approached a couple of Pusamania players asking them to lose the game no doubt in return for a bit of the folding stuff.

Pictures were released of Pusamania officials grilling the ex player with one paper reproducing a picture and calling the ex player JI all the way through the piece until the last paragraph when they revealed it was in fact Johan Ibo, one time Pelita Jaya, Arema, Persebaya et all. Quite way they had to proceed with the farce of JI is not clear.

The game itself ended 1-1 after Emile Mbamba, ex Arema, scored in the 93rd minute to salvage a point for the home team and continue a trend of last gasp goals in the nascent season.

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