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The CEO’s bumper cash prize for his players will be subject to their qualification for the AFC Cup semis after beating East Bengal, who lead from the first leg...

Indonesian hopes will be rooting for a Semen Padang win in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Cup quarter-finals, when the hosts take on East Bengal, who hold a slender one goal lead from the first leg.

Now, the Semen Padang CEO has added fuel to an already fanning fire, by stipulating that he would reward a grand sum as independent prize money to his players, if his side overcame the Red and Gold challenge and qualify for the AFC Cup semis at the Agus Salim Stadium, in Indonesia.

"Of course, this is historical game not only for Semen Padang, but also for Indonesian football in general. We motivate the players to win the game, psychologically and financially. We're preparing INR 108473.40 bonus if we can make it to the semi-final [of AFC Cup]," elucidated, Toto Sudibyo, Semen Padang CEO to Goal.

The Semen Padang hierarchy are optimistic of their team’s progress despite the fact that their team trail from the away leg without even getting an away goal, the bright side being the lead is a slender one. They hope that the distinction of being the first Indonesian side to progress to the semi-finals of an Asian competition will motivate the players more.

Sudibyo hopes the success of the U-19 Indonesian national side in winning the AFC U-19 Cup will be an inspirational cause to gain momentum from. "Should we make history and the team wins the Under-19, it will be an additional motivation for the players,” added the Semen Padang coach.  

Tito, a former Chairman of PSSI Pengprov West Sumatra also explained that the return of important personnel like Estaban Vizcarra and Wijiastanto would provide for a more secured and stable team overall.

“I am optimistic that we will qualify. Players and team coaches also primed and ready to face this match,” concluded the boss.



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