It was revealed by the head coach of Borneo FC U-19, Ricky Nelson in front of the media one day before match. "We are very grateful because we could get maximum points in Papua. It is very important for us, it became our motivation in the match," he said.
He has prepared the best composition for the match against Persiba Balikpapan U-19. Although the squad were all very tired, Ricky prepared another strategy. He is doing rotation to the squad as one of the solution.
"We will do the rotation of players. Because we re very tired, because our players spent 17 hours on the way from Jayapura to Samarinda. So we need to do the rotation in order to win the match against Persiba. So that we can be the group winner," he said.
The target of getting three points is reasonable. Because it is a derby match and when they get these three points, they confirm that they finally being the winner of group 3.
As known before, Borneo FC U-19 recently has collected 17 points with five times win and two times draw, without any defeat.
More over, recently some of the main team who were absent in the previous matches are able to be played in this match. Such as Habibi who has just get out of the hospital. "Yes, the presence of Habibi will add more power to our offensive. We also got Hanif as the midfielder who could replace our tired players. I am thankful that we have equal composition in out team. So we can target victory because it is good for our players' mentality, and also to keep the believe that said we have to win the East Kalimantan derby," said Ricky.
Asked about the strength of Persiba Balikpapan U-19, Ricky Nelson said that Persiba is quite strong. Whether as a team or individual. They also got some experienced players, because there are some ex national team U-16 players. "We have to anticipate them all. They have good strikers, they also got good wingers who able to do a good penetration," he added.
"But I know some of them who come from Jakarta. Persiba is a good team so it won't be easy match. But I am happy because they play fair, they don't want to just defend, they will be offensive too. So the match will be interesting," ended Ricky Nelson. (**)