Thursday, April 17, 2008


FA promise to work towards AFC/FIFA demands

This comes from the AFC website.

Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) vice-president Nirwan D. Bakrie said he would convey the importance of amending the association’s statutes as per FIFA’s directives to the stakeholders of Indonesian football.
Bakrie was speaking to on Tuesday after meeting AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam at AFC House where he made an appeal for maintaining the same number of voters in the statutes, which are to be amended soon.
“We requested AFC/FIFA to consider maintaining the number of voters in the amended statutes but we understand their stand for a rationalisation of the number of voters,” he told “There are no issues with other amendments sought by the governing bodies, except the voters’ list. Now we will call all the stakeholders to Jakarta because we need their help and understanding to sort out this issue,” he said. “We also need some time from AFC and FIFA before adopting the amendments,” added Bakrie.
Regarding football development projects in his country, Bakrie said that the PSSI had signed a four-year contract with Uruguay to send their youth teams for training. “Our under-16 team is already undergoing training in Uruguay as we have qualified for the AFC U-16 Championship,” he said.
“We are also setting up a School of Football Excellence to train budding footballers. Hopefully, this centre will begin operations this year.” About reintroducing football in schools, Bakrie said that the association would seek assistance from the education ministry on this issue. “Football was part of our school curriculum before but shortage of grounds has seen the schools losing interest in the game,” he explained.

They have of course had plenty of time but have been dragging their feet ever since FIFA first made the announcement.

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