JAKARTA (23 Sept 2012) – The FA of Indonesia (PSSI) are weighing their options forward and are considering midfielder Stefano Lilipaly to reinforce the team as they gear up for their next phase of preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November.
Lilipaly is but one of a handful of foreign-based players Indonesia are looking at to give more bite to the national squad which thus far has been anything but impressive.
“If they are willing to join and if the club allows them, why not?” quipped Habil Marati, the team manager of Indonesia. “We will have a look at these players and we will see whether we want to call them up.”
Born in Holland, Lilipaly currently plays for Almere City in the Dutch Second Division. The playmaker received his Indonesian naturalization papers last year.
Among the other players whom the PSSI are also looking at are Arthur Irawan (at Espanyol and four others – Syamsir Alam, Jericho Christianto, Alfin Tuasalamony and Yandi Sofyan – who are with Belgium side CS Vise.
“These are just options that we are considering as for the moment, we still have players capable to fill each position,” he added.