| JAKARTA (2 March 2010) – Even though Indonesia are already out of contention for a place in the 2011 Asian Cup, head coach Benny Dollo is not taking any chances and has decided to field his best possible side against Australia tomorrow in Brisbane.
A total of 19 players were called for the Group B match with Benny deciding to bring in veteran striker Bambang Pamungkas and captain Ponaryo Astaman despite the fact Indonesia are at the bottom of the group with only three points.
“If I bring them (youngsters) in and then they lose big against Australia, the public would criticize them. And that won’t be good for their future,” said Benny, whose contract with the Indonesia FA (PSSI) ended last month.
“I know Australia have decided not to call up their Europe-based players, but they will still field a very strong squad.”
The Socceroos, top of Group B with eight points, need only a draw to qualify for the Asian Cup finals in Qatar in January 2011.
Last week, Australian coach Pim Verbeek named an extended 25-man squad for the match with four uncapped players.
Australia’s England-based players were not included in Verbeek’s squad, but Luke Wilkshire of FK Dinamo Moscow was called up.
The teams drew 0-0 when they met in Jakarta in January last year, with Verbeek calling up a similar squad composed of domestic players.
“Australia domestic players, I think, are still better than our top players. Their football has been developing very fast, while football in our country has seen slow to progress,” Benny said.
“I’ll consider it a decent result if we do not lose to them,” he added.
GOALKEEPERS: Markus Haris Maulana, Ferry Rotinsulu
DEFENDERS: Charis Yulianto, Christian Worabai, Ismed Sofyan, Isnan Ali, Maman Abdurahman, Muhammad Ridwan, Nova Arianto
MIDFIELDERS: Arif Suyono, Eka Ramdhani, Firman Utina, Hariono, Ponaryo Astaman, Syamsul Bachri
FORWARDS: Bambang Pamungkas, Budi Sudarsono, Saktiawan Sinaga, Talaohu Abdul Mushafry