The team has been disbanded and I am no longer competent to talk about Persipura.
ACEHFOOTBALL.net — Persipura Jayapura Coach Jacksen F. Tiago was reluctant to respond to the matter of preparing his squad for the AFC Cup 2021, whose group stage draw took place on Wednesday (27/1) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“The team has been disbanded and I am no longer competent to talk about Persipura. Only management is competent to convey the matter of Persipura,” said Jacksen when contacted from Jakarta, Wednesday.
Follow up on it, have tried to contact the Chairman of Persipura Benhur Tomi Mano and general secretary Rocky Babena, but they didn't pick up the phone or reply to text messages.
Persipura itself has disbanded its team since early January 2021 due to sponsorship issues, the impact of the absence of a league during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The management of the team, which has won the Indonesian League four times, said that they did not have enough sources of funds for team operations.
In the AFC Cup 2021, Persipura is scheduled to compete in the qualifying phase on 19 May 2021.
They will face the winner of the Visakha FC match (Cambodia) versus Lalenok United FC (Timor Leste) that took place 28 April 2021.
If you manage to beat the opponent, Persipura has the right to fill one slot in Group H.
AFC Cup Group H 2021 filled by Kedah Darul Aman (Malaysia), Lion City Sailors (Singapore) and Saigon FC (Vietnam).
Apart from Persipura, Indonesia is also represented by the champions of the League 1 Indonesia 2019 Bali United in the AFC Cup 2021.
Bali United itself occupies Group G along with the five-time Vietnam League champion Hanoi FC, champions of the Cambodian League 2020 Boueng Ket and the winning team of the qualifying round (playoff) I.
The first qualifying round brought together representatives of Myanmar Hantharwady United FC against the winner of the Kasuka FC match (Brunei Darussalam) versus Lao Toyota (Laos).