Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Midfield fires Persib

It was a slow start but finally Persib Bandung have been finding some form and much of that is down to their talented midfield finally gelling.

Just two defeats in their last 10 games have seen the club from West Java rise to 3rd and those grims days at the start of the season when they hovered around the relegation places seem far behind them.

I have written much about Suchao Nutnum, who placed his final game yesterday in the 6-1 home win against Persik before returning to Thailand on Friday but the Indonesians in the middle have more than played their part.

Atep for example has been a revelation. Back in 2007 he scored a couple of goals for Indonesia at the AFF Cup in a disappointing campaign but has been pretty much ignored at the national level since then.

A spell with Persija didn't work out and now back in his native Sunda he has excelled out wide, especially in the last couple of games when hos side have fired 10 goals past their hapless East Javanese visitors., causing havoc down the flanks and cutting in.

Eka Ramdhani is another local hero doing the business on the field. And another being ignored at international level. More a playmaker than Atep with an awarenss of what is happening all round him the 26 year old surely would be a fixture in many international line ups. Except here.

Hariono does all the hard work in the middle and tries to protect the defence. Tough tackling, the former Deltras midfielder looks menacing with his long black hair splayed across his face and his determination in the tackle.

With these guys in the middle it is hardly surprising the team have been so prolific recently. The only question is whay has it taken so long?

Surely, whoever the next Indonesia National Team coach must consider to use eka and atep..I thought eka and firman utina in national team can play like XAVI and Iniesta in Barcelona..I also saw several good players like siswanto & M.kamri(persema), Diva Tarkas(PSM),M. Fachrudin(AREMA), and Irfan Bachdim.
spot on - the same old players have been used for a while and we have seen whats happened but unless you play for certain clubs you don t exist it seems
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