Sunday, October 30, 2016


Mitra Kukar Rediscover That Winning Feeling

Don't bother trying to get an angle on the Indonesia Soccer Championship. You won't succeed. The only consistency lies in its inconsistency and for this who get their jollies from watching the near monopolies in leagues like Germany, Spain and Scotland this surely has to be a good thing.

Let's look at Mitra Kukar for example. The team from East Kalimantan started the season in fine form, unbeaten in their first six games before going down 2-1 to Persib. They then followed this with a nine game run where they managed just one win. From contenders to chumps in record time and as you would expect it was coach Subangkit who paid the price despite the football club only losing three games in that run and always by a single goal margin.

Football can be ruthless. Marlon da Silva had started the season on fire but his goals dried up and the club felt they had no choice but to bring in a new face so they turned to Jafri Sastra, an MK old boy who had recently been replaced by Persipura after their perceived poor start to the season.

Winless for two months, Mitra Kukar rediscovered that winning feeling towards the end of Augusr when da Silva got back on the scoresheet as they defeated Semen Padang 2-0. Yesterdays win over table topper Madura United made it seven victories in their last 11 games and it does seem as those the Naga Mekes have found their mojo at the right time of the season.

Mitra Kukar are now 6th in the Indonesia Soccer Championship nine points off the leaders Madura United and Arema. How they must be ruing those 10 draws that seem destined to consign them as also rans in a season that promised so much

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