Thursday, April 24, 2008


Indonesia v Yemen Preview

Tomorrow sees Indonesia play their first game under the tutelage of new coach Benny Dollo as they host Yemen at Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung.

With ticket prices ranging from 5,000 rupiah to 50,000 hopes are high that Bandung's fanatical football fans will support the national team in large numbers.

Indonesia's record against Yemen isn't bad with two wins and three draws in their last five meetings but their recent form causes concern with just one win in their last five and that against Bahrain during last year's Asian Cup.

Dollo has had the team together for a couple of weeks and it will be interesting to see what kind of line up he goes with. The feeling is he will favour an all Persija strike force of Bambang and Aliyudin but we won't know for sure till tomorrow.

Yemen coach Mohsen Mohammed Saleh has already started the mind games by saying the pitch in Bandung is like a rice field. Yeah I know it ain't really a mind game, just trying to hype the game! He goes on to say it's the same for both teams but why use the whole quote when you wanna push an agenda?

Last 5 Meetings

87 - Indonesia v South Yemen 1-0 Jakarta Asian Cup Qualifier
97 - Indonesia v Yemen 0-0 World Cup Qualifier
97 - Yemen v Indonesia 1-1 Sanaa World Cup Qualifier
03 - Indonesia v Yemen 3-0 Jeddah Asian Cup Qualifier
03 - Yemen v Indonesia 2-2 Jeddah Asian Cup Qualifier

Indonesia Last 5 Internationals

v Syria 0-7
v Syria 1-4
v South Korea 0-1
v Saudi Arabia 1-2
v Bahrain 2-1

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