Kabau Sirah claimed their side have enough confidence to win the Indonesian Premier League's current edition before taking part in next year's Asian Champions LeagueIndonesian Premier League (IPL) outfit Semen Padang have revealed their ambition to participate in the 2013 AFC Champions League (ACL).
Under the guidance of coach Nil Maizar, they have set goals for the season, with the short-term target to win the IPL while the long-term aim is to qualify for the 2013 ACL.
"I really want to see Semen Padang to be a champion of IPL 2011-12," said Semen Padang chief executive officer Erizal Anwar to reporters.
According to Anwar, being the IPL champion means the team have a chance to compete in the 2013 ACL. However the club's lack of adequate infrastructure at their stadium which do not meet thev AFC's criteria might thwart their ambition.
Anwar added: "I also think if we reach the continental competition, then where do we play? We do not have a stadium which is adequate to hold a match at international level."
The Semen Padang CEO admitted that he had thought of some alternative stadiums, one of them in Pekanbaru however the said arena is still under repair and is estimated to be completed later on this year.
However, the problems will not discourage the team's ambition as Anwar had promised to solve them, given he is convinced his team can compete well in the ACL with the current composition of the team.
"I wish Semen Padang could mark a proud achievement in Asia. That was my dream all along, and I think our squad now is good enough for it," Anwar said.
Semen Padang currently lead the IPL standings, collecting eight points from four matches, equal to Persija Jakarta who sit in the second place but are separated by goal difference.
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