It was the last game before the Indonesian League was postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak in West Java. With today’s knowledge, it would not have been wise to play that game in Cibinong on March 15, 2020.
Depok, March 2, 2020
We all heard about the Covid-19 virus, we all saw on TV how different countries were struggling with the increasing numbers but it didn’t reach Indonesia before March 2020?
Well, it did at the beginning of the month of March. On the second of March this year, the first Indonesian Covid-19 case was reported in Depok, West-Java. A woman and daughter tested positive on the virus. (Luckily, they were testing negative and healthy 2 weeks after.)
With the current knowledge, nobody would have allowed a football game close to Depok with huge crowds to be played 2 weeks after the first positive cases in the city. But during that time, nobody could guess the impact of the virus in Indonesia. It turned out to be the last game of the current season. After round three the government postponed the league and until today we don’t know if the league will restart in 2020.
In the rain of Cibinong: Persikabo vs Persita Tangerang
The match between the two West-Java side teams was played in horrendous rain that afternoon and nobody knew it was the last game before the covid-19 outbreak. That moment the Shopee Liga 1 was only running for 3 weeks and Persib Bandung was/is the current leader of the league with a 100% score. (9 points 3 games)
At that time (March 15, 2020) there were no policies regarding the use of face masks or whatsoever at the Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong. Supporters were still free to carry out their activities as usual but before entering the stadium they were subjected to a Body Scan Temperature Test. Supporters with temperatures above 37 degrees were not allowed to enter the stadium. In addition to the temperature check inspection of good was also carried out at the gate before entering the stadium.
Since 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the city of Cibinong (capital of Bogor Regency) was washed down with heavy rain until 6 o’clock, but the rain did not stop the supporters of both teams to directly support their favourite team.
The fans of Persita (Laskar Viola, North Legion) came from Tangerang with about a hundred buses that had been lined up decently in the parking area around the Pakansari Stadium. Persita fans are placed in the East Tribune and the Kebomania and UPCS (Ultras Persikabo Curva Sud) in the North and South Tribunes.
Persita had a good attacking start to the game but it was Persikabo that took the lead after only six minutes. Alex Dos Santos Goncalves scored the only goal before half-time and doubled the lead 10 minutes after the break, 2-0. In the second half, substitute Raphael Maitimo brought back some excitement by scoring for Persita but shortly after that, Silvio Escobar made the 3-1 which ‘’killed’’ the game.
After 90 minutes: Persikabo vs Persita 3-1
Despite the 3-1 defeat in this game the support of the away end was impressive, the video below is all about that passion. And don’t forget to mention the support of the Kebomania and UPCS, we are looking forward to visiting both teams when the competition restarts again.