SAMARINDA – Arema FC have additional ammunition ahead of the match against Mitra Kukar at Segiri Stadium, Samarinda, tonight. Yesterday, four national team players have joined the team. They are Bagas Adi Nugroho, Hanif Sjahbandi, Ahmad Nur Hardianto and Kurniawan Kartika Ajie. The four players travel from Jakarta to Balikpapan before heading to Samarinda using the land route.
The presence of four players will certainly be very helpful to Arema FC coach in determining the tactics to face the last fight in elimination of Group A in East Borneo Governor Cup. That is because many players are sick. In fact, two players have been repatriated due to symptoms of typhoid ie, Syaiful Indra Cahya and Zaenuri. Not to mention, Agil Munawar who was injured after facing Borneo FC.
However, it is still not certain whether the four players will be able to play directly. Therefore, the physical condition of fatigue due to travel Jakarta-Samarinda be a special consideration of the team coach. In addition, training in the national team also be a separate calculation to what extent they are fit to perform in the last fight against Mitra Kukar.
Coach of Arema FC Joko “Gethuk” Susilo said he still has not determined whether the four players were deployed in the match tonight or not. “I invite them in a discussion to know their condition,” he explained.
Invites players to discuss the physical development is often done by Gethuk to players who have just joined the team. It was also applied when Gustavo Lopez and Balsa Bosovic were joined. “We must discuss it first, I do not jump directly,” he explained.
Even so, the joining of four national team players became a fun thing for Gethuk. All four are expected to help the team in the last fight against Mitra Kukar. “Essentially, we want to maximize the national team players,” Gethuk said.
For the information, Arema got player crisis, especially in the stopper sector. It is because Syaiful Indra, Zaenuri Purwaka Yudhi, and Arthur Cunha also sick or slightly injured. The arrival of Bagas Adi Nugroho and Hanif Sjahbandi this could be an alternative for Gethuk fill the position of defense in Arema FC that is empty.
Reporter: Gigih Mazda
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