Friday, February 04, 2011


End Game In Sight?

The announcement that an army figure is considering running for head of the Indonesian PSSI could well be the begininng of the end of the blistering dispute between the PSSI and the breakaway Liga Primer Indonesia. By electing George Toisutta the PSSI can say to FIFA they have followed the rules and he may well look more sympathetically on the LPI and its raison d'etre.

What is telling is the people lining up to say what a good candidate he would be. The current head, Nurdin Halid, has said so. As has the sports minister, Andi Mallarangeng, who has proved to be quite outspoken in the past about the way the local FA handles things. Another name behind the military man is former Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

Kalla's support is interesting. Both he and Halid come from the same political party and also from the city of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi. Toisutta is also from Makassar.

There is an election to appoint a new FA head in March and it had been widely assumed that Halid would seek a third term. However there have also been rumours suggesting that he may step down in March.

Of course there is a big leap from a soldier expressing his desire to be a candidate and actually winning the election and banging heads together. This saga still has far to go but perhaps we can now see the slightest glimmer of a resolution.

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