On Tuesday evening, Ajax trained for the last time in preparation for the duel against Persib Bandung. The practice, due to severe traffic jams and a few tropical rain showers, didn’t go completely according to plan.
The training was scheduled for 18:00 (13:00 Dutch time) but the roads to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium were completely blocked, and a delay of almost an hour occurred. Even the daily police escort around the Ajax busses couldn’t help the situation.
Once in the neighborhood of the stadium, Ajax’s home base for this week, it started to rain heavily. The water fell in buckets from the dark sky, and the main field was flooded in no time. Fortunately, it was possible to work under the stands, in the catacombs, for the warm-up. When it started to rain less, and the players were able to go outside, a storm started and everyone was forced to go inside once again. “Those are exactly the two things that you have no control over in Indonesia”, said a Dutch visitor at the training. “The weather and the traffic.”
A few rounds of keep-away in the catacombs, and then the real training on the field started. And it was about time, as far as the amazing Indonesian Ajax fans were concerned, as they once again showed their enthusiasm from the stands. With their cheering in perfect Dutch, they sang Ajax songs and created a fantastic atmosphere.
Lucas Andersen didn’t attend the training, as the Dane is suffering from an ankle injury that he sustained on Sunday during the Persija match. After the training session had ended, a short autograph session took place on the field. The Ajax players also received a nice gift from the Indonesian Ajax fans in the stands. Frank de Boer and Siem de Jong received the gift and thanked the enthusiastic Ajax fans. After Christian Poulsen had received a gift earlier by the Indonesian Ajax fans and thanked for his contributions, the selection got into the bus again: it was dry and the return trip lasted exactly eight minutes.
Ajax travels to Bandung on Wednesday morning, a trip that will last about three hours. The match against Persib Bandung starts at 20:00 (15:00 Dutch time) and will be played in the Jalak Harupat Stadium. Ajax TV will broadcast the highlights of this second and final match of the Ajax Indonesia Tour on Wednesday evening.