Tuesday, August 08, 2017


Reinaldo's Move To Persija Highlight Of Quiet Transfer Win

As far as transfer windows go it hasn't been the busiest in Liga 1 with a number of clubs making very few, if any at all, changes to their squads. 

Arema have struggled for goals all season, despite sitting in eighth place only relegation threatened Perseru have scored fewer, but with Aji Santoso stepping down last week it appears his replacement Joko Susilo is happy with his options. The only addition the Crazy Lions have made is bringing in Turkmenistan international Ahmet Atayew from Altyn Asyr. As new signings go it is certainly an odd one but only time will tell whether it will be a success or not. I have my doubts. Many foreigners arriving in this country tend to find organic support systems already in place from fellow countrymen who have been round the block. That can go a long way to helping a player overcome the shock of a new country, a new language, a new diet. There haven't been that many Turkmen play here before as far as I'm aware and Atayew will have to reinvent the wheel off the field while expected to find his groove on it quickly/

Steven Imbiri's Malaysian adventure has ended. He started the year signing for MISC-MOFA who play in the Premier League but things haven't worked out, the club were involved in some allegations earlier in the season, and now he is back in Indonesia with title chasing Bali United.

Borneo have welcomed back Jefri Kurniawan. He started the season leaving the Samarinda club and moving to Persija but that hasn't worked out and now he has returned to East Kalimantan. Making the opposite journey is defender Michael Orah

Struggling Gresik United have diteched quite a few players including Dave Musatine (PSS) and Fitra Ridwan (Persija) while adding the experienced Ade Suhendra and Ahmad Sembiring to their ranks.

Some high profile imports have been released by their clubs with Persib finally announcing Carlton Cole would be leaving after weeks of rumours. Semen Padang have also released their marquee player Didier Zakora while Barito Putera decided they no longer required Thiago Cunha, he has returned to Chonburi in Thailand where he managed to disgrace himself soon after arriving.

Madura United have signed Cameron Watson to replace Dale Milovanovic while their striker Boubacar Sanogo has also found himself surplus to requirements. 

Perhaps the most eye catching deal has seen Reinaldo Elias move from PSM to Persija. The Australian striker had scored nine goals for his team in the first half of the season but obviously coach Robert Alberts feels he has better options available to him as well as bringing in Zulham Zamrun. Meanwhile Reinaldo, who was born in Brazilian, can look forward to a samba dressing room in Jakarta as he teams up with Teco, Bruno Lopes and Willian Pacheco.

Persiba have replied positively to coach Milomir Seslija spurning Persib's efforts to hire him by bringing in a number of players as they bid to crawl out of the relegation zone where they have been camped all season. In have come Maldini Pali and Hendra Sandi (Sriwijaya), Srdan Lopicic, Sunarto and Oke Derry while defender Dirkir Kohn Glay is among a number of departures that also include Dedi Haryanto and Ismail Haris.

UPDATE - Persib have signed 29 year old Chad international Ezecheil N'Douassel from Hapoel Tel Aviv to replace Cole

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