JAKARTA (13 June 2012) – The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the between the FA of Indonesia (PSSI) and the breakaway Indonesian Super League (ISL) and the Indonesian Football Rescue Committee (KPSI) has more implications that just for the reconciliation of football stakeholders in the country.
For Bob Hippy, the national team coordinator, the MOU meant that for the first time in months, the Indonesia national team can now look to a brighter future with full access to the nation’s best players.
This is especially so when the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 is just months away.
“A lot of our players wanted to play for the national team but because of the conflict in the game (between ISL and PSSI), they have had to change their stance,” said Bob.
“So we are grateful for this MOU as this will mean that players no longer have an obstacle to them joining the national squad. And this will also mean that the national coach will have all the best players available and make the Indonesia national team even more competitive.”
This was echoed by the chairman of KPSI (the shadow PSSI) La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti: “with the MOU, I’m encouraging players in the ISL to give support to the national team as after all this time; the formation of the national side will be closely monitored by FIFA and also AFC.”
The AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 will be held in November this year and will be hosted by Malaysia and Thailand.