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2011 AFC Cup - preview - Chonburi FC as premiere guest in New Guinea

AFC Cup
Beside Muang Thong, of course the current Thai FA Cup-winner Chonburi FC will be back in AFC Cup action. The opponent is called Persipura Jayapura and this means considerable more travelling time for the representative of Thailand.

Since up to now Persipura was only allowed to host his home matches in AFC competitions in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Jakarta), because their own stadium doesn't fit to the criteria of the AFC until recently. The club worked hard to fulfil the criteria and received a go from the AFC just last week.

For Chonburi this meant additional travelling time. Persipura doesn't really owns an international airport as demanded by the AFC. However the Indonesian side provided a plane for the "Sharks" which brought them to Persipura. Do we hear a wind blowing Buriram-PEA?

As already mentioned Persipura Jayapura is based in Persipura (New Guinea). With certainty a great away trip for fans. Founded in 1963 the club cannot really be called as one of the big ones in Indonesian football. The clubs biggest achievements came just in recent years. As Champion of the Indonesia Super League they qualified for the 2010 AFC Champions League group stage for the first time in history. 2010 Persipura came one short in the league and finished as runners-up. After 20 rounds in the current domestic season they lead the table comfortably by nine points.

In the rows of the "black pearls" Chonburi should pay attention to Boaz Solossa. He found the net already 20 times this season. Thus earned the 25-year-old a call up for the National team by coach Alfred Riedl this week. However, with Hamka Hamzah only one player of Persipura was in the squad of last years AFF Suzuki Cup.

For the first time Persipura Jayapura is allowed to play at their own soil at continental stage and Chonburi FC is invited as première guest. Chonburis keeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, better known as Kosin, might be certainly glad about the clash. The Thai national goalkeeper played in 2006 and 2009 for Persib Bandung in Indonesia. He is still very popular in the country and was the first choice for the local media when it comes to interview. Chonburi in Indonesia already since Monday,  presumably will play a 4-1-4-1. However, coach Haeng will be without experianced Therdsak Chaiman.

The game will be broadcast locally by Global TV. Live streams for the match should to be found on the Internet, nevertheless, none from us tested was dependable. Kick off time is 16:00 local, which means 14:00 in Thailand.

Our condolences are with Chonburis head coach Withaya Laohakul. While being in Indonesia he was informed that his mother fell asleep peacefully at the age of 86.

As usual, when it comes down to football in the region and especially about Indonesia, with pleasure we recommend the Jakarta Casual Blog. In his own charming, British manner, Antony Sutton comments on the things going on in the region.
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