Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Indonesian FA's In-Tray
After reaping a cash bonanza through co hosting an AFF Cup group stage as well as two semi finals and a final the Indonesian FA must now get back to more mundane matters.
Two teams have sent letters officially advising they will withdraw from the FA sanctioned Indonesia Super League and hitch their cart to the breakaway Liga Primer Indonesia.
Persema followed PSM in deciding to quit the ISL for the new league that offers plenty of cash and many unknowns.
The LPI is due to kick of 8 January, and the website still shows no fixture list though I understand Solo will play Persema at the Manahan Stadium in Solo in the opening game. It was supposed to be Arema but they dropped out.
The FA have also apparently said that they would keep coach Alfred Riedl on despite saying before the AFF Cup that he had to win it or he would be out.
So, a busy in tray. What to do with the LPI. Should players and coaches taking part be sanctioned? Should they play hard ball? How to keep the interest in the national team going (an Olympic Qualifier against Turkmenistan in February isn't likely to drag the face painters and vuvuzula blowers out in force). How to stay in the job.
Indonesian football is never dull!