Suara.com – The manager of Semen Padang, Win Bernadino, stated that the move to disband the 2022/2023 League 2 season which had been halted as a result of the riots at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, was the right thing to do.
“This decision is not from PSSI, but this is the result of a meeting of League 2 clubs in a workshop conducted by League 2 clubs,” Win said as published by Antara, Monday (6/3/2023).
According to him, at the workshop PSSI made presentations on a number of possibilities but indeed if League 2 was resumed there would be a long time lag.
First, the break caused the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid al-Fitr which made Liga 2 unable to run because some of the stadiums participating in the league were not fit to hold night matches.
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“League 2 2022 has been running for four months and the obstacle is the fasting month, not to mention the U-20 World Cup (2023), when will League 2 be held again and when are the preparations?” he said.
According to him, with this certainty it will certainly become clear so that the team can improve in welcoming the new League 2 season which is planned to start in November 2023 and PSSI will appoint a separate operator and different from League 1.
In addition, the November schedule is not shaded with League 1 and the match schedule is at the weekend.
“This is certainly a good thing because weekends make the number of spectators more and indeed a big contribution will be obtained by the team if there are many spectators,” he said.
Apart from that, next season’s League 2 competition, it is planned that each team may sign as many as two foreign players, namely one player from Asia and another free from America, Europe or Africa.
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“This will certainly have an impact on the League 2 competition which will be more competitive and enjoyable to watch, besides that this will also attract sponsors and supporters to come to the stadium,” he said.
In addition, Semen Padang itself, in facing the competition, will sit together with all parties and the plan is not to change coaches.
“For players, we will recruit after Eid Al-Fitr 1444 Hijri,” he said.
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