Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Persikabo Fans Protest After Ciliwung Derby Loss

It is perhaps one of Indonesia's more understated derbies but a mere 20 kilometres separate Persikabo's Pakansari Stadium from Persikad's Merpati Stadium. There has been bad blood between the two sets of fans in the past apparently but the one time I saw them meet there was little in the way of violence.

The two teams met last weekend at Pakansari Stadium with the Persikabo support feeling unhappy with their team's start to the season and the threat of their beloved side in Liga 3 is looking more likely by the week.

Persikabo lost the game 2-1 leaving them bottom of Group 2 after five games with just a single win to their credit. Given the geographic nature of the group there are plenty of local derbies which allow for the Persikabo support to travel in reasonable numbers meaning more fans have witnessed the poor start to the campaign. 

With nine games left to play Persikabo are already six points behind second place Perserang with the fans fully aware only the top two sides are assured of a place at least in Liga 2 next year.

Going into the Ciliwung Derby with Persikad the fans were unhappy with the direction the club was heading with one fan group tweeting 'today is your last chance Persikabo. Sorry, if you lose there are no more chances.'

Source -Bogor Daily
They lost and the game was marred by a handful of fans invading the fans to try and get at the club officials. Security eventually arrived and detained the pitch invaders but trouble continued outside the ground when some fans congregated outside the main entrance in a bid to release their mates. 

Interestingly, at a time when so many fans and clubs are quick to blame the coach, Persikabo fans' ire is directed towards the club management with one fan blaming the club's current predicament on the management who, they say, are not open. The supporters, he says, are disappointed with the management team and are really worried the club could be relegated.

Liga 2 is now taking a break for the fasting month and will return in July with Persikabo fans hoping for a change in fortunes when the team travel to Karawang to take on Persika.

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