Almeida minta striker lokal Arema FC unjuk gigi pada Piala Presiden 2022

Malang, East Java (ANTARA) – Arema FC coach Eduardo Almeida asked local strikers to take advantage of the 2022 President’s Cup pre-season tournament to show off their current team, which cannot be strengthened by foreign attackers.

“This is a good opportunity for local strikers to show their quality. I don’t feel there is a problem without foreign strikers, because local also have capacity,” said Almeida at a press conference in Malang, East Java, Friday.

Arema currently have not announced their new foreign striker who will replace Carlos Fortes who has moved to PSIS Semarang. Thus, Almeida will most likely have to rely on a number of local strikers such as Hanis Saghara, Dedik Setiawan, and Bramntio Ramadhan.

Despite playing without a foreign striker, Almeida is still aiming for victory in the inaugural Group D match of the 2022 Presidential Cup hosting PSM Makassar at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, Saturday (11/6) tomorrow.

“We hope to present a good match. Of course, the result is the victory we want,” he said.

He admitted that he did not know much about the strength of PSM, which had also made a number of changes. However, Almeida has seen a number of recordings of the trial match that was played by the team nicknamed Juku Spell.

“I’ve watched YouTube a few times for their matches. There’s some information to be found, however, I’m more focused on our team to get the three points,” he said.

Apart from being without a foreign striker, Arema will also certainly not be strengthened by a number of their mainstay players in the match against PSM such as Irsyad Maulana and Kushedya Hari Yudo.

“For Bagas (Adi Nugroho) it may be possible. Meanwhile, Irsyad is not yet possible because he is still injured. The same is true for Yudo,” said Almeida.

In Group D of the 2022 Presidential Cup, Arema will also meet Persik Kediri and Persikabo 1973. Arema had previously played a number of test matches, namely overcoming RANS Nusantara FC 4-0 on Tuesday (7/6) and being defeated by PSIS Semarang 1-2 three days earlier .

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