2 Former Indonesian Football National Team Players from Papua Go Into the Politics Realm

goodmorningpapua.com – Two former Indonesian national team players from Papua, Oktavianus Maniani and Titus Bonai, plunged into the world of politics and became cadres of the Indonesian People’s Wave Party (Gelora). The National Leadership Council (DPN) of the Gelora Party also appreciated the performance of the Papuan Regional Leadership Council (DPW) which succeeded in recruiting important figures from Papua.

The Gelora Party, said Endy, was grateful for the joining of the players who are often called Okto and Tibo. Both, for him, will be the driving force to continue to improve the territorial work and digital work of all functionaries in the DPN, DPW and DPD throughout Indonesia.

Okto and Tibo are not foreign figures in the world of Indonesian football. Both are reliable strikers and wingers. Okto was born in Jayapura on October 27, 1990. Despite his petite stature, he is known to have good running speed and slick moves. His speed and ability to play the ball often make it difficult for opposing defenders. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Otto Maniani played at Persiba Balikpapan in Liga 2 in 2020.

He was called to strengthen Indonesia U-23 in the 2011 Sea Games where Indonesia was the host. In the Indonesia Super League (ISL) in 2010-2011, Okto was proposed by the Sriwijaya FC club, which was coached by Ivan Kolev. Okto Maniani has also strengthened Arema Cronus, Madura FC, Perserang, Persewar Waropen and others. Okto has also joined Indonesia to prepare for the 2010 AFF Cup under the tutelage of Alfred Riedl. He also entered the squad of senior national team players and strengthened Indonesia in international events.

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As for Titus Bonai in the world of homeland football, he plays as a striker. The man whose full name is Titus John Londouw Bonai was born in Jayapura, Papua, on March 4, 1989. Tibo started his career with Persipura Jayapura U-21 in 2008. Before the pandemic, Titus Bonai returned to play for Borneo FC, which he had defended for two seasons. Besides playing at Persipura Jayapura, Tibo also played for Sriwijaya FC, PSM Makassar, Semen Padang, Bontang FC and Persiram Raja Ampat.

Tibo also had time to defend the Thai club, BEC Tero Sasana. In the Indonesian national team, Titus Bonai has played for the Indonesian U-23 National Team, the 2012 AFC Cup and the 2011 Sea Games under the tutelage of Rahmad Darmawan. Individually, his skill, physicality and goal instinct are very high. Tibo has always been a starter in all Indonesian national team matches in international competitions.

Okto firstly declared himself to join the Gelora Party and then Tibo. The news of Tibo joining the Gelora Party was conveyed by the Deputy Chairperson of the Gelora Party DPN Fahri Hamzah.

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