JAKARTA (10 Aug 2011) – With their game against Iran in the opening match of the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers coming up early next month, Indonesia have lined up matches against Palestine and Jordan as tune-ups.
Ferry Kodrat, the team manager of the Indonesia national team, confirmed that the Indonesia FA (PSSI) have accepted the friendly against Palestine on 24 August in Jakarta.
The planned friendly against Malaysia on 14 August 2011 has fallen through.
“The two matches have been confirmed by PSSI, where other than the game against Palestine, we will also be playing against Jordan,” added Ferry.
The game against Jordan will be played three days later on 27 August in Amman where the team intend to have a short camp before leaving for Teheran.
The Indonesia national side has been hard at work at the Krakatau Stadium in Cilegon.
Added assistant coach Liestiadi: “Palestine might not be at the same level as Iran but they do have some qualities of teams from the Middle East.
Indonesia are in Group E of the qualifiers against Iran, Qatar and Bahrain.