Sunday, March 27, 2016


PS TNI 'Takeover' Persiram

On the map at least Persiram Raja Ampat are based in one of the most spectacular parts of the country. The Raja Ampat area is renowned for its diving and natural scenery for example. The football team however lacks such a scenic heritage. In recent years, in a bid to cut down on running costs, the club have been based in Jakarta (Lebak Bulus) and more recently Sleman (Maguwoharjo).

If they moved to attract fans it hasn't really happened as they have struggled to pull punters through the turnstiles and any attempt to appeal to migrant Papuans flounders as many support Persipura.

That may all change now. A business group has reportedly bought Persiram ahead of the new Indonesia Soccer Championship which starts 16 April and it so happens this business group have been sponsors of PS TNI.

While there has long been a PS TNI they were a military team that got together to play occasional friendlies against the national side and Persija among others. They seem to have been set up on a more formal basis last year to enter the General Sudriman Cup. Drawing on a close connection to PSMS, they started well enough, cruising through the group stage unbeaten, beating the likes of Persib, Persebaya and Persela along the way before coming unstuck in the quarter final stage losing all three games against Semen Padang, Persija and eventual winners Mitra Kukat.

Buoyed by their success in the GSC, PS TNI went on to compete in the Kaltim Cup and now the Bhayangkara Cup where they finished mid table, winning one, drawing one and losing two of their games to finish on four points behind Persib and Sriwijaya.

As part of the 'move' to become rebranded as Persiram, the coaching staff have been instructed from on high to not use foreign players. Following their final game in the Bayangkara Cup, a 1-1 draw with Mitra Kukar, assistant coach Edy Syahputra said the players would be given a week's rest while the coaching staff do one of those evaluation things so beloved of South East Asian football masters. The club will also look to strengthen the side ahead of the ISC.

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