| JAKARTA (19 Sept 2008) – Newly appointed Indonesian national women’s head coach Timo Scheunemann is eyeing a place in the semi-finals of the AFF Women’s Championship 2008 which will be held in Vietnam next month.
The annual women’s championship is organised by the Asean Football Federation (AFF) and will be held in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh City on 8-21 Oct, 2008.
Towards that, the Indonesia national women’s team have been hard at work since early August under Scheunemann and his assistant Rainer in moulding the 30 young trainees under their charge.
“It was not easy to look for players where the majority came from the interior of the country which was not easily accessible. But that has not stopped us from looking for quality players where at the moment, we have Judit Sada from Biak,” said Scheunemann, who holds a UEFA A-licence.
“We took several players from the recent national championship and that has helped us somewhat. But the positive factor about these players is that they are willing to listen and learn.
“I believe in these players which comprise of mostly Under-19 and I think that they can get a place in the last four of the meet.”
From the squad of 30 players, only 22 will be selected for the trip to Ho Chi Minh City where Indonesia have been placed in a tough Group A against the hosts, Myanmar, Laos and Malaysia.
Group B are Australia, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore.