Persipura Jayapura, legend club in Indonesia has relegated to Liga 2 Indonesia in next season is first time in history.
Although they were able to win the closing duel by beating Persita Tangerang 3-0 at Kompyang Sujana Stadium, Denpasar, Bali, Thursday (31/3), this result was not able to help Persipura’s fate to stay in Liga 1. Persipura followed two other League 1 teams, Persela Lamongan and Persiraja Banda Aceh, which were previously relegated.
The elimination of Persipura could not be separated from the results of the match of another team, Barito Putra, who was previously also threatened with relegation. Luckily Barito Putra at the same time was able to hold Persib Bandung 1-1, so the team nicknamed “Laskar Antasari” could match Persipura’s score of 36 points. While in the other match PSS Sleman won over Persija 2-0.
With the same value from 34 matches that have been completed by Persipura and Barito, Barito is safe because they are ahead head to head with Persipura. In their two meetings, Barito managed to win over Persipura (1-0 and 3-0). Persipura previously had to lose three points due to sanctions from the PSSI Disciplinary Commission following their absence from the match against Madura United.
Persipura’s caste drop is the first time since the Indonesian League started. The team that gave birth to many national players such as Ronny Wabia, Chris Yarangga, Edward Ivak Dalam, Boaz Solossa, and new star Ramai Rumakiek is the team that has won the most titles, namely four times, each in 2005, 2008/2009, 2010/ 2011 and 2013. Apart from that, Persipura also recorded three runner-ups, 2009/2010, 2011/2012, and 2014.
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