Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP)
Former West Ham United and Chelsea striker Carlton Cole has
signed for Indonesia's Persib Bandung, the club announced
Cole joined Persib just two weeks after his former Chelsea
teammate and ex-AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Michael
Essien signed for the club -- the highest-profile player to make
the move to Indonesia for years.
Cole signed a one-year contract for an undisclosed sum with
Persib, owned by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir who is also
president of Italian giants Inter Milan.
Persib finished fifth in last year's Indonesian Soccer
"We will take the team to the next level. And I'll try to give my
best," the Englishman said at a press conference.
Cole, 33, who ended a brief stint with Sacramento Republic in the
US last year, said Essien's decision had helped pave the way for
Persib boss Teddy Tjahjono said: "One thing for sure by having
Essien and Cole we want Persib to be the champion this year,
that's the main goal.
"But actually there's another goal, a wider aim ... they can give
and teach their skills to our players."
Indonesian football has been hit by crises including a 2015
dispute between the domestic association and the government which
led to FIFA banning the country from international competition.
FIFA lifted the ban in May 2016.