Friday, April 08, 2016


Young Indonesian Keeper Trying His Luck In Timor Leste

Very little attention has been paid to the fate of the three Indonesian international playing in Timor Leste for Carsae FC. For the Indonesian media, out of sight out of mind whereas for the rest of the world they probably don't even know Timor Leste plays football let alone have any kind of league.

Fabio Oliveira, an old hand with plenty of experience in Indonesia, did make some waves when he moved to the former province Portuguese colony and took with him Okta Maniani, Immanuel Wanggai and Boas Solossa but the latter two have been tempted back home to Persipura ahead of the ISC leaving Okta alone to enjoy the delights of Dili.

Or so I thought. In fact there is another Indonesian player currently plying his trade there and his name is Rahmanuddin. The former Semen Padang keeper is playing for Assalam in the second tier and is attracting even less headlines than his more well known peers.

Which is a shame really because the 23 year old keeper has had a pretty eventful career so far. Back in 2011 he played for an Aceh side against Paraguay Under 18s in Asuncion, winning 1-0 in the process. That side was part of a three year project, known as NAD Aceh and they apparently won the Paraguay Under 19 league that year with Rahmanuddin being named keeper of the year.

Returning to Indonesia older and wiser he joined Semen Padang after a spell with PSAP and was part of their Under 21 side that won the ISL in 2014. He sat on the bench for the first team towards the end of that campaign and rewarded with the step up to the first team for the 2015 season

And now he is playing in Timor Leste. It says much about the state of Indonesian football and the lack of opportunities that such a promising keeper isn't getting a look in but it says much about the player himself and his ambition that he sees playing overseas as such a positive move

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