I am not a fan of football. But I do imagine it as a sport which makes people know a different side of Indonesia. A sporty side of Indonesia, a friendly side of the country’s people, a competitive side of the players on field, with the strong euphoria of the spectators on the stadium’s tribune.
For me, football is also a sport that brought a big grin from children who watch the competition because their favorite team has won the match, while they listens to bright cheers from the supporters on the tribune.
But, for now, as some people up there forced an off-season pact on this country’s football future, maybe nearly every field in this country has been empty, just like one in this picture, a prolonged off-season.
I almost forgot when and where did I take this picture. But after this country’s soccer riots be headlines in most mass medias, suddenly this picture popped out and I remember everything about it.
This one is Marora Stadium, located in the island of Yapen, Papua. This is the home stadium of Perseru Serui, a local team with national achievements. This team is one of the only three teams from Papua who could compete in the most prestigious soccer league in Indonesia, the premier division of Indonesia Super League. The two others are Persipura Jayapura and Persiram Raja Ampat.
The island of Yapen isn’t a big one, yet some peoples from this small island could compete with another big teams from entire Indonesia in the premier division, and that fact amazed me quite a lot. I do believe that if we search hard enough, we could find many boys talented in football from here.
Situated straight on the foot of a hill, the stadium, as well as the team, is the pride of Serui’s people. Many people gather when the team holds a training session, and many people cheer and shout names of the players. They even have a nickname for this team: The Yellow Cendrawasih.
But now… I think there is no training session at this stadium. Just because people up there have different opinions and no one wants to compromise because they think that their opinions are the best for this country’s football association future, many has been suffered. The players, officials, trainers, spectators, and even outside people who don’t know about soccer like me. Even FIFA has given the sanction for Indonesia and I still don’t see any movement from the authority, as well as from the minister ahem.
Ah, but who am I talking about a sport that I don’t know inside out? Maybe they already have plans, but for now, I don’t need plans that won’t be executed, I just hope that they will find the best way to solve the problems.
The simplest one is okay, as long as it keeps the stadium for not be empty.
I hope that they will find the way out as soon as possible, because I don’t want to see this stadium be in its off-season state for too long. I don’t want to hear silence in this stadium. I don’t want to see in news that we couldn’t find enough talents for the national team.
I absolutely don’t want to see the Cendrawasih dying.
This post is written as a response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Off Season.
Save PSSI, save Indonesia. #prayforIndonesianfootball
Thanks for Curio who gave me the idea. You’re the best.