By Boy Ferdian
ACEHFOOTBALL.net — The Menpora Cup event catapulted the name Persiraja Banda Aceh and some of its players in the eyes of the League's elite teams 1 and the League 2.
The neat appearance shown by the children of Rencong land - even though it failed to reach the top eight did not dampen the interest of player seekers to see the potential of Persiraja children to switch clubs.
The phenomenon of the first exodus was started by the temporary top score of the Menpora Cup, Assanur Rijal "Torres" which had officially anchored at Persis Solo.. Most likely his compatriot, Miftahul Hamdi, will also be followed.
Do not stop there, the issue of the departure of Defri Riski, Fakhrurrazi Quba, Feri Komul, Zamroni etc. also continue to adorn the social media universe lately this and this certainly attracts Acehnese netizens to comment.
In the world of professional football, transfer of players from one club to another is not prohibited, In fact, it is not uncommon for the player agents to do various ways to make the player transfer process a saga.
For the League level in Indonesia it hasn't happened like that, where the average player transfer process is due to the time the contract has expired, or the player's club's financial condition which is unable to pay the salary so that it causes the player to move clubs. This is common in our League.
The phenomenon of moving Persiraja players this time may be different. It is not clear when the Liga will be 1 starting to roll into consideration management not want to bind player contracts.
So it is also natural for players to put their kitchen needs first, so that this moment becomes their opportunity to find a new club that dares to sign them even though it is only at the League level. 2 or even the League 3 though.
In our economic condition which is currently being hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, also affects the economy of a player who only depends on his life expectancy from football.
What the Persiraja management did was not wrong and what the players made to say goodbye can also be justified. Because it is supported by the conditions of the continuation of the League 1 which is still gray.
The choice between professionalism and primordialism of players from Aceh for now can no longer go hand in hand. Because players have to choose, professional in terms of money and career is everything.
Even though on the primordial side, players from Aceh who, even though they may be in shortcomings, are still loyal to their regional team.
For Persiraja, losing its pillars is certainly a loss, because they are the ones who have been able to maintain the hegemony of the rencong land football. But the management was unable to do anything because they were faced with the conditions of the League 1 which is still unclear when it started.
On the other hand, this also shows a positive side that Persiraja has turned out to be a stable team on its way since climbing up to the League 1 and in the Menpora Cup recently even though they did not qualify from the group stage. But the game and the team's stability is very good, Even Assanur Rizal is still perched as the top scorer in the tournament.
Management and coaching staff will certainly have to recalculate and start acting quickly to spot new talents in Aceh to fill the holes left behind., so that Persiraja's consistency later when the League 1 back scrolling can continue.
To Torres and other players who will have a new club going forward, Good luck and bring the name Aceh to the national football scene. Keep going Aceh football, and Bravo Persiraja.!
The writer is an observer of football