Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Asian Cup Qualifiers Squad Announced

Benny Dollo has announced the squad that will begin training for the Asian Cup qualifiers this Saturday. Out go two fringe players from the AFF Cup, Usep Munandar and Fandi Mochtar, while in come seven new names but, tellingly, no new strikers.

Assuming Boaz Solossa plays wide midfield the coach is limited in the striking options available to him. Pelita Jaya's Rudi Widowo might have been an option but one goal in the first half of the season tells its own story.

The names in italics are the new additions

Goalkeeper: Markus Harison (PSMS), Fery Rotinsulu (Sriwijaya), Dian Agus Prasetyo (Pelita Jaya)

Defenders: Ismed Sofyan (Persija), Ricardo Salampessy (Persipura), Nova Arianto, Maman Abdurahman (Persib), M Robby (Persik), CharisYulianto (Sriwijaya), Rahmat Latif, Djayusman (PSM), Isnan Ali (Sriwijaya), Erol Iba (Pelita Jaya)

Midfield: Arif Suyono (Arema), Ellie Aiboy (PSMS), Irsyad Aras (PSM), Ponaryo Astaman (Persija), Hariono (Persib), Syamsul Chaerudin (PSM), Firman Utina (Pelita Jaya), Pieter Rumaropen (Persiwa), M Ilham (Persija), Boaz Solossa (Persipura)

Forwards: Bambang Pamungkas (Persija), Budi Sudarsono (Persik), TA Mushafry (Persiba), Aliyudin (Persija)

Indonesia's first game is away to Oman 18/01/09 and then they are at home to Australia on 28/01/09. To help prepare in Oman where it is likely to be chilly Indonesia are hoping to arrange a friendly for the 15th against a local side.

With Singapore coach Raddy's experience in the middle east I wonder whether Benny picked his brain while they were sharing the same hotel in Jakarta recently?

Football is becoming a 12 month a year career for some of these players. Last January the likes of Bambang were still competing in the Copa Indonesia and Liga play offs followed by national team training in March.

Isnan Ali, Charis and Ponaryo underperformed in AFF cup. I hope to see them being put on the bench.

Hariono is a very good addition, he has the potential to play as holding midfielder, but he needs to play more international matches.

Pieter Rumaropen would make a good substitute for Firman Utina. We know Firman sometimes has his off days.

Boaz is of course an influential player, whether he plays it wide or center, he'll provide the flair that Indonesia need.
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