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Without Firdaus Ramadhan And Shane Smeltz: Home Match Against Persija, The Strength of Borneo FC Weakened

Without Firdaus Ramadhan And Shane Smeltz
Home Match Against Persija, The Strength of Borneo FC Weakened

26/10/2017 14:37 WITA

Got a red card, Firdaus Ramadhan couldn't play when Borneo FC Samarinda meet Persija Jakarta.
Photo: Fachrul B. Pratama

Given two red cards in the match against Mitra Kukar three days ago, Borneo FC Samarinda squad was forced to park their players, Firdaus Ramadan and Shane Smeltz. Both players are absent in their home match against Persija Jakarta at Segiri Stadium, on Saturday (10/28).

Firdaus was sent off by the referee, Jerry Elly on the 60th minute and Smeltz (91 '). The absence of these two players is quite unfortunate because they hold important roles in the last few matches of Pesut Etam.

"Smeltz and Firdaus always enter the line up, both as starter and substitute player, that fact is enough to hurt the team with a red card earned both," said Ahmad Amiruddin, the Assistant Coach of Borneo FC Samarinda.

The man who is familiarly called Amir added that, without Firdaus his team still has a lot of good midfield stock. But the poor in the back sector when Leonard Tupamahu, Matheus Lopes, and Kunihiro Yamashita appear together. "Firdaus can perform in many positions. His role in this season is good and flexible," explained Amir.

While on the front lines, the absence of Smeltz forced Lerby to fight alone. The figure of the two players who is typical of pure striker, making one of them often alternately played as a starter. But the option to make both of them play together in the match against Persija certainly impossible.

"Smeltz with his status as a foreign player can actually make the opponent afraid, but anyway, we must keep maximizing another players. Three points must be obtained," added Amir.

Although without Smeltz and Firdaus, Pesut Etam still very confident ahead of the match against Persija. In their last four matches, Borneo FC Samarinda managed to reap positive results without defeat once. "Mentally the boys are good, we take advantage of this moment to get good results again, moreover our next match will be played at home," he concluded. (RIB/KOK)

Gojek Traveloka Liga 1
Sabtu, 11 November 2017
Kickoff 19.30 WITA

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Stadion Segiri, Samarinda
Gojek Traveloka Liga 1 2017
1Bali United FC34 21 5 8 76-38 68
2Bhayangkara FC34 22 2 10 61-40 68
3PSM Makassar34 19 8 7 67-38 65
4Persija Jakarta34 17 10 7 46-24 61
5Persipura Jayapura34 17 9 8 64-37 60
6Madura United34 17 9 8 58-44 60
7Barito Putera34 15 8 11 48-44 53
8 Borneo FC 34 15 7 12 50-39 52
9Arema FC34 13 10 11 43-44 49
10Mitra Kukar34 13 4 17 49-74 43
11Sriwijaya FC34 11 9 14 50-50 42
12PS TNI34 12 6 16 46-58 42
13Persib Bandung34 9 14 11 39-34 41
14Persela Lamongan34 12 4 18 49-55 40
15Perseru Serui34 10 7 17 35-45 37
16Semen Padang FC34 9 8 17 34-52 35
17Persiba Balikpapan34 7 6 21 41-62 27
18Persegres Gresik Utd34 2 4 28 26-104 10