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JIS is not necessarily Persija cage, this is the obstacle

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Persija club president Mohamad Prapanca said the Jakarta International Stadium (JIS), Jakarta, would not necessarily be the home of his team in the 2022-2023 Indonesian Liga 1 season. The reason is that the business contract with PT Jakarta Propertindo or Jakpro has not been completed.

“It’s not certain. We are finalizing the contract with PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro). This is a business to business (B2B) affair, so it has nothing to do with the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government as the owner of Jakpro,” said Prapanca at JIS, Jakarta, Saturday, May 7, 2022 as quoted from Between.

According to Prapanca, one of the things that Persija and Jakpro are still discussing is the price. Financing to use JIS, he said, should not harm either party.

“For example, if it’s expensive because you have to close it” return of investmentby Jakpro, who later had to be sacrificed by The Jakmania (Persija supporter-ed). We don’t want to be like that. We have to reach a certain price that benefits all parties. That is what we are negotiating,” said Prapanca.

JIS Not Verified

In addition, Persija as a football team has a standard for home stadiums. For this matter, the JIS which was only used in April 2022 has not been verified by PSSI or PT Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB).

The examination is very vital because Persija is a professional club licensed by the AFC. “If based on JIS verification, it meets the requirements as a home basethen JIS is ready to become Persija’s cage,” said Prapanca.

If Persija and Jakpro talks stagnate, Prapanca said that his party would propose the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK), Jakarta, or Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi, as Persija’s home options in the 2022-2023 season.

“When Liga 1 will start, which is planned for July 2022, we have to include the home stadium as an administrative requirement. If our negotiations with Jakpro haven’t worked, then I have to enter another stadium. It could be SUGBK or Patriot Candrabhaga because the two stadiums have met the verification requirements,” said Prapanca.

Anies Baswedan’s Response

Meanwhile, regarding the potential for JIS to become Persija’s home in the Indonesian League 1 2022-2023, DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan emphasized that the details of the agreement between Jakpro and Persija were still under discussion.

“Between Persija and Jakpro, they are currently finalizing the discussion so that it can be managed in a B2B manner,” he said in a voice recording sent by PR DKI Jakarta, Saturday night, May 7, 2022.

According to Anies, Jakpro and Persija are both commercial entities. For this reason, business cooperation is required in connection with the use of JIS. The stadium will still be managed by Jakpro as DKI BUMD. Meanwhile, the Persija team used the international standard stadium as a new home.

Previously, Persija’s training ground in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta was evicted for the construction of the Jakarta MRT Depot. “The details of the agreement are in process, hopefully it will be completed soon,” said Anies.

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