Eric Weeks’ Madura United On Course for A Shock League Title

Eric Weeks’ Indonesia-based, Madura United’s remarkable charge towards the league title is being considered as one of the biggest shocks in the history of Indonesian Football.

In spite of Madura recovering from the bottom of the table in 2014, the club was still tipped for relegation by the start of the 2016 league season.

However, the club has put together the most startling of runs and is at the top of the Indonesian Soccer Championship.

Madura moved a point clear at the league table after managing a 1-1 draw away to Samaradina base club, Pusamania Borneo Football Club over the weekend, and have 13 games remaining.

The red and white outfit club has 41 points from 21 games, one more than second-placed Arema Malang.

Comparing Madura’s winning form to that of their opponents, some of Indonesia’s football pundits have predicted the Bangkalan-based club to win the league title, but the Liberian midfielder feels it’s too early to be considered as title favorites.

“While it is true that we are on top of the table at the moment, I feel it is too soon to predict that we will win the league,” Weeks told The Bush Chicken. “There are more games to go and there are stronger opponents ahead. We will do our best to keep winning, but for now, it is too soon to say we are going to be champions.”

Madura will host ninth place Persib Bandung in its next fixture at home and are in desperate search of three points to strengthen their lead at the top.

Prior to the draw away at Borneo, Madura lost the last home fixture 5-2 to Sriwijaya, and Weeks is expecting huge pressure from fans. However, he told The Bush Chicken, his team remains focus and is confident of getting all three points.

“We have gone two games without a win, which is not good for us now. We have our next game at home and we are confident of bouncing back. Although, there will be lots of pressure from the supporters, but we remain focused. It’s football and that is normal,” Weeks concluded.

Featured photo courtesy of Eric Weeks

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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