Battered, Persik Kediri Appoints New Coach from Portugal


Persik Kediri were battered during their visit to the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Gianyar, yesterday (27/8).

They got slaughtered by Bali United four goals without reply. Persik had conceded in the 8th minute through Irfan Jaya. After that, three additional goals were scored by Ilija Spasojevic (63′), Eber Bessa (70′) and Lerby Eliandry (82′).

Persik coach representative Jan Saragih is at a loss for words. The strategy implemented by playing five defenders at once from the beginning of the match to repel the Bali United attack failed miserably.

“We conceded in the early minutes which should have been overcame. After that, we tried to get up, but kept getting lost again, “complained Saragih.

Up to seven matches that have been undertaken, Persik have never once won. They have only collected one point and are still at the bottom of the table.

The White Tiger Management immediately moved quickly. After the match against Bali United, the management of the White Tigers immediately appointed Divaldo Alves to fill the vacancy of the head coach after the death of Javier Roca.

Persik Kediri Technical Director Danilo Fernando stated that Divaldo’s appointment was a response to Persik’s poor results. He hopes that the Portuguese coach can raise the achievements of Fariz Aditama et al.

“Hopefully, his experience, who has also trained in Indonesia, can speed up communication and adaptation with all team members,” said Danilo.

According to him, Persik’s current condition must be saved immediately if he doesn’t want to go down this season’s division.

“Hopefully Coach Divaldo can immediately bring a positive influence so that Persik Kediri immediately rises out of this situation and achieves victory,” he said.

Divaldo is not a foreign name in Indonesian football. He had coached PSMS Medan in 2009. In fact, he managed to bring Kinantan Chicken through to the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup at the Asian level and the semifinals at the Indonesian Cup.

After that, the coach who was born in Angola, August 12, 1978, has also coached PSP Padang, Persijap Jepara, and Persebaya 1927. The last club Divaldo coached was a club from Kenya, Sofapaka FC.

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