Friday, June 09, 2017
Barito Putera Ready To Axe Cunha
Barito Putera are set to release Brazilian striker Thiago Cunha. The former Chonburi and Port striker has struggled for game time since arriving pre season and despite scoring two goals in his two appearances the club feel it is best to let him leave.
'There is a chance Cunha will be replaced,' says the club owner Hasnuryadi Sulaiman 'because he rarely plays. I see he lacks the desire to play. He doesn't have a positive impact on the team's performance. I don't like players like that.'
Cunha enjoyed a purple patch with Chonburi when he scored 52 goals in his time with the Thai League side.
The Brazilian born striker earned notoriety earlier this year when it was revealed he was one of a number of players from that country who had been naturalised by Timor Leste using fake paperwork.
For now Barito Putera say they will be looking for a marquee player to replace Cunha. Despite appointing Jacksen F Thiago as coach the club have struggled to find consistency this season and have just 13 points from their 10 games. A leaky defence, 13 goals conceded, will also need to be addressed when the transfer window opens.
In other news from South Kalimantan, the club have sent an official letter of complaint to the PSSI after their 3-1 loss away to Borneo earlier this week. They claim they had two perfectly good goals disallowed for offside by the match officials.