NUSADAILY.COM – BANDUNG – Persib Bandung defender Nick Kuipers considers the team nicknamed Maung Bandung is like The Ajax of Indonesia because everyone in Indonesia dreams of playing in the pride club of the People of West Java.
Quoted in the Dutch media 1Limburg from Jakarta, Sunday, Nick Kuipers admitted to being amazed by the welcome of Persib supporters when he arrived in Bandung last season. At least 40 thousand supporters always watched directly in the stands when Maung Bandung entertained his opponents at home.
Even when his team plays away, not a few Bobotoh who support directly. With that condition, he does not hesitate to mention that Persib Bandung is the Ajax of Indonesia.
“This is Ajax Indonesia. They have supporters all over the country. It was fantastic,” Nick said.
Nick is currently in the Netherlands while waiting for clarity on the Indonesian Liga 1 competition. To maintain fitness during the vacuum competition, Nick took part in training with his old club, MVV Maastricht.
To the Dutch media, Nick also said that Indonesia has an extraordinary football culture. All over the country, people are crazy about the world’s most popular sport.
‘It’s a country with an incredible football culture. His people do live for this sport. But it is also a busy country, where the population difference is greater than here (the Netherlands),” he added.
He admitted that he initially did not know about Persib Bandung before his agent suggested to play in Indonesia. After talking with his compatriot who had played in Indonesia, Nick did not hesitate to make the decision.
The 28-year-old also said he never regretted his decision to make a career in Indonesia, even though he actually had the opportunity to strengthen the Eredivisie club as well as the Dutch second-tier club.
A number of bad experiences obtained during his career in Indonesia did not dampen his intention to stay in Persib Bandung.
“Many players returned to the Netherlands after a while of career abroad. But of course that doesn’t apply to me. Even if there is no synthetic field or no VAR, it doesn’t matter to me,” Kuipers said.
“I’ve had a few incidents, dirty things, stoning through bus windows, full stadiums, and flying by plane for away matches,” said the 28-year-old. (sak/ant)