Friday, July 31, 2009

Indonesia gets serious

The Indonesian football authorities (PSSI) have dramatically restructured their preparations for November’s AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualification double-header with Kuwait by cancelling a series of friendly matches and rescheduling their training camp.

According the Jakarta Globe the PSSI has pulled the plug on Indonesia’s home matches against Malaysia, China and Syria as well as their friendly in Saudi Arabia and moved the training camp from early August to September 29.

Rahim Soekasah, head of the National Team Body, told the Jakarta Globe: “Players who got called up will not be allowed to play for their clubs as we will hold a training camp until November.

“There will be no bargaining. Players have the right to refuse to join the camp, but if they do, we will leave the matter to the PSSI.”

The 2009/10 Indonesia Super League is scheduled to start in early October with players who refuse a national team call-up facing a six-month ban and a fine of US$10,000 based on the PSSI’s code of conduct.

Indonesia, who are third in AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualifying Group B with two points after goalless draws against leaders Oman and Australia, face Kuwait in the Middle East on November 14 before hosting the return fixture in Jakarta four days later.

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