The financial crisis suffered by Persija affected the achievement of the football club and as a result it dropped to the bottom of the league standings in Indonesia Super League (ISL) competition. Such fact is a cause for great great concern to Jakarta Governor, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo. As such, he has instructed Central Jakarta Mayor, Saefullah to raise fund or find sponsors for Jakarta`s soccer club to be able to reap high achievement again nationally or internationally.
According to Jokowi, there are many institutions who have expressed their willingness to sponsor the club which has the nickname Macan Kemayoran (Kemayoran Tiger). One of them is by utilizing Coorporate Social Responbility (CSR) implemented by companies from the private sector that operate in Jakarta. "This is all for the payroll of the players. Just ask Central Jakarta Mayor for more comprehensive info. This is because sponsorship could not end in mere days," said Jokowi, Tuesday (4/30).
Meanwhile Central Jakarta Mayor, Saefullah admitted Jokowi instructs him to provide funds for Persija. However he had difficulties finding a sponsor because Persija position is currently in the degradation zone of ISL competition. “As a result, he difficult to convince entrepreneurs to provide sponsor,” he explained.
He disclosed, if the sponsor comes from private company, the funds will be taken from Jakarta State-Owned Enterprise (BUMN) or PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol. At this time Persija needs Rp 14 billion to finish 2012-2013 ISL competition. “We will also give five new players, with details two foreign and three local players,” told Saefullah.
Saefullah added, bad achievement of Persija is considered one of factors causing Bambang Pamungkas and Ramdhani resigned. Not only that, such factor also causes the regeneration of the Persija players. “At ISL competition this season, Persija performance is unoptimal. That’s why we will give new energy to them,” he finished.