Monday, April 11, 2016


Bima Sakti Returns Home

He may not have had the kind of headlines or adulation normally reserved for the likes of Bambang Pamungkas but make no mistake. Bima Sakti's footprint on Indonesian football is no less impressive.

The Balikpapan born midfielder turned 40 in January but was still playing last year for Mitra Kukar and Gresik United as his career wound down. A career that had begun in 1995 saw him play for, deep breath, Bontang, Pelita Jaya, PSM, PSPS, Persiba Balikpapan, Persema, Persepar, Mitra Kukar before his final club in East Java.

And of course he was part of the Sampdoria project of the mid 1990s when he spent time with the famous Italian clubs alongside other players like Kurina Sandy and DY Kurniawan.

Talking to football people and Bima is one of those players you never heard a bad word said about. I recall during the days of the IPL when Persema had built an attacking team around the talents and good looks of Irfan Bachdim and Kim Jeffry Kurniawan that Robbie Gaspar would spend more time talking about Bima and his influence on the club and in the dressing room. A real professional Robbie described him as.

It now looks like the real professional has finally hung up his boots and moved into coaching. He has returned to home to Balikpapan to be assistant to newly appointed Jaino Matos as Persiba prepare for the ISC campaign ahead. An honest, hardworking player in his day, he is sure to bring those qualities to the training field in the months ahead and it will be interesting to see how he develops in his new career.

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