The team nicknamed the White Tiger showed a very aggressive movement in the process of team reconstruction to welcome the competition Liga 1 2022.
In total, there were six important announcements related to the reshuffle of the Persik Kediri team in the past week:
1. Terminate 5 player contract
On Friday (8/4/2022), Persik terminated the contracts of five core players, namely Andri Ibo, Eka Sama, Dian Agus, Ibrahim Sanjaya, and Ahmad Agung.
This announcement gained contra because the five of them had a big role in the success of Persik Kediri during Liga 1 2021-2022.
“In addition, the lack of playing time in our team will prevent them from being able to maximize their potential,” said Persik Kediri’s Managing Director, Rawindra Ditya.
“Therefore, the management decided not to extend his contract,” he continued.
With the departure of the five players, the total number of players who have been released by Persik is 11 people.
Previously, the management also released Akmal, Aldo Claudio, Fajar Setya, and three foreign players, namely Youseff Ezzejjari, D. Machado, and Marwin Angeles.
However, Persik’s management believes that a major evaluation is needed for the team’s reconstruction.
2. Recruit a new winger
After doing a major evaluation, Persik management continued the player recruitment maneuver to perfect the team.
The first player to be recruited was winger Riyatno Abiyoso, who previously defended Persela Lamongan.
The 165 cm stature winger was plotted as the motor of the Persik Kediri attack line.
“All the recruitment of players, including Abiyoso, was carried out according to the needs of the team. One of them, Persik needs players with the ability to play in a number of positions and according to the scheme prepared by the coaching team,” said Rawindra.
The third and most surprising announcement from Persik was the inauguration of the first-class playmaker, Renan Silva, on Monday (11/4/2022).
The recruitment of the best players in Liga 1 2019 is a big leap for Persik to compete in Liga 1 2022.
“There were considerations from the management when deciding to recruit Renan Silva, one of which was because he had to be able to increase the competitiveness of the team in the future,” said Rawindra.
“We certainly did all the recruitment of players by maximizing the foundation base last season which was already strong,” said the man who is usually called Windra again.
4. Secure 4 defenders
The process of improving the Persik team continued by securing four defenders, namely Dikri Yusron, Agil Munawar, M Fisabilillah, and Arthur Felix Silva.
Arthur Felix Silva is needed because he has a leadership spirit and is a liaison for coach Javer Roca’s thoughts on the field.
Agil Munawar was retained because he was able to show his worth by appearing consistent.
Therefore, Persik Kediri will again rely on him in the wing-back position in Liga 1 2022.
Likewise with goalkeeper Dikri Yusron, who created a sense of calm with his presence under Persik’s crossbar.
Meanwhile, M Fisabilillah is deemed to have met the criteria and has the potential to develop even better with Persik in Liga 1 2022.
“Initially he was loaned to another club in the first round, but when he returned to Persik Kediri his performance continued to improve, with his young age we think he will be useful for the team in the future,” said Windra explained.
5. Recruitment of M Rifaldi
Next, Persik Kediri introduces fullback versatile, M Rifaldi, who last season played for Persiraja Banda Aceh.
His presence is considered to be able to enrich the coach’s options Javier Roca in formulating strategy.
The player who was born in Palu, October 3, 1996, has a natural position as fullback kanan.
However, he can also play on the left. In addition, M. Rifaldi is also usually relied on as a defensive midfielder and central defender.
Persiraja Banda Aceh M Rifaldi after the match week 26 Liga 1 2021-2022 against Persebaya Surabaya which ended with a score of 0-1 at Kompyang Sujana Stadium Denpasar, Saturday (19/2/2022) night.
“Indeed, ideally in one position, we must have at least two players who are ready to use, besides that his ability to play in other positions such as defensive midfielder is also a consideration why we brought him in,” said Windra.
6. Bring Kurniawan
The last announcement, Persik Kediri introduced the former goalkeeper of the U-23 national team under Luis Milla, Kurniawan Kartika Ajie.
The presence of the goalkeeper from Balikpapan heated up the competition for the main goalkeeper of the Kediri community.
As is known, Kartika Ajie is one of the goalkeepers who has quite a name in League 1.
In the 2019 season, he was the main goalkeeper of Arema FC.
Meanwhile, in the 2021-2022 season, his position was shifted by Adilson Maringa.
Then, he was loaned to Rans Cilegon FC and managed to deliver Raffi Ahmad’s team promotion to Liga 1 2022.
With the presence of Kurniawan, now Persik has three big-name goalkeepers.
Previously, there was Dikri Yusron who looked stunning as the main goalkeeper of Persik Kediri and Adi Satryo, a phenomenal young goalkeeper who got the attention of Shin Tae-yong’s Indonesian U3 national team.
“Goalkeeper is a special position, it takes maturity because just one mistake can be bad for the team,” said Windra.
“Therefore, we are indeed looking for players who already have experience playing in League 1, such as Kurniawan Kartika Ajie.”
“We also have to anticipate because it is possible that Adi Satryo will focus on the national team, it is also impossible to rely on only one player in that position.”
“So, the entry of Kurniawan Kartika Ajie is in accordance with the needs of the Persik Kediri team,” added Windra.
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