PSM Makassar decided to bring 19 players when they travel to Sleman to face PSS Sleman in the 16th week of Shopee Liga 1 2019 at Maguwoharjo Stadium, Friday (08/23/2019). PSM's new wing-back, Firza Andika, was included in the group.
The former Indonesian National Team U-19 squad can only be played early next September. However, the Makassar PSM coach, Darije Kalezic, seems to need time to see Firza's abilities.
"I'm glad Firza joined PSM. Of course I will give him a chance if he can show his ability in training, "said Darije Kalezic.
In contrast, Darije did not include the names of Guy Junior and Bayu Gatra who are still undergoing treatment for injuries. The names Rizki Pellu and Ferdinand Sinaga were also not on the list. The two pillars of Juku Eja are called upon to strengthen the national team to face the 2022 World Cup qualifying zone in Asia.
Darije made sure to play Eero Markkanen as Juku Eja's main spear in Sleman. The former Real Madrid B striker was given the opportunity to show his abilities.
"Eero is going through a difficult period at PSM. That's normal in football. My job as a coach is to help him return to his best, "concluded Darije.
Previously, it was widely circulated that PSM Makassar would release Eero at the end of the first round. A number of names circulated as replacements, including Bruno Silva, former PSIS Semarang striker last season.
The 19 players brought by Darije Kalezic during PSM Makassar faced PSS Sleman
3.M. Rizky Eka Pratama
4. Eero Markkanen
6. Abdul Rahman
7. Zulham Zamrun
9. Taufik Hidayat
10. Grace Syamsuddin
13. Aaron Evans
17. Rizky Pellu
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