AsiaDespatch.org – PSM Makassar will play in the Liga 1 competition next season which will start in July 2021. Various preparations have been carried out by the team, but they still lack one thing, namely the team coach.
Where they are currently being led by Syamsuddin Batola. It is estimated that the coach from Maros will become an assistant coach for next season. His work as a head coach had previously started with Laskar Pinisi.
In the pre-season tournament, Menpora Cup, Syamsuddin Batola successfully brought the club to reach the semifinals. But unfortunately, Persija Jakarta is still too tough for the club from South Sulawesi.
As a result, they still have a chance to become the third winner of the Menpora Cup competition. They also have to deal with PS Sleman. But again defeat became the final result achieved by Syamsuddin Batola’s club.
In the match for the third place against PSS Sleman, the Laskar Pinisi squad had to settle for a narrow 2-1 defeat. Two goals from I. Jaya and I. Mila were only able to be answered by the team’s attacking midfielder, S. Tan.
Foreign Coach Moves
Approaching the start of League 1, PSM Makassar increasingly speeding their steps to secure a new name in the coaching chair. It is reported that the architect of this team will be a foreign coach but has been struggling to train a domestic club.
The previous coach was also a foreign coach, namely Bojan Hodak. The Croatian coach was appointed by the team management since January 2020 and after ten months in charge of the team he left. Now the 50-year-old coach is currently coaching a club from neighboring countries, Kuala Lumpur City FC.
However, the CEO of the team who was asked about the new name as the team’s tactician did not want to explain in detail. Munafri Arifuddin then only gave a hint that the coach who was docked was a coach from abroad.
Munafri Arifuddin did not want to provide this unclear information to the public. He was afraid that if the name had been conveyed, the coach never signed a contract with his team.
PSM Makassar itself is predicted to set a target to improve their position in the standings table. Where in the 2019 season ago, Laskar Pinisi was only ranked 12th in the final standings League 1. Therefore, the recruitment of new coaches is also expected to improve the team’s performance.
Became a Pre -Season Tournament Member
Regarding the tactician who will strengthen PSM Makassar, it is rumored that Milomir Seslija will be the one who will step up. The Sarajevo-born coach has often been seen on the small screen when he was in charge of the homeland squad.
Even the 56-year-old coach is known as a pre-season tournament expert. When he was in charge of Arema FC in 2016, he once brought the Singo Edan squad to win the Bali Island Cup tournament.
Srdan Lopicic became the hero of Singo Edan’s victory in the final against Persib Bandung, who were still being cared for Dejan Antonic. His only goal in the 11th minute became the only goal of the match.
Meanwhile, in the same year, Arema FC won another pre-season tournament. The tournament was named Bhayangkara Cup and again managed to overcome Persib Bandung in the final match.
Different from the first title, this time in the final, 2-0 was the result for both teams. Each goal from retainer Arema FC, Raphael Maitimo and Sunarto in the 60th and 85th minutes ensured his club became champions.