Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Results 14/10

AFF Cup Qualifiers

Brunei v Laos 2-4
Myanmar v Timor Leste 0-0

1 - Laos 2 2 0 0 7-4 6
2 - Timor Leste 2 1 1 0 4-2 4
3 - Myanmar 1 0 1 0 0-0 1
4 - Cambodia 1 0 0 1 2-3 0
5 - Brunei 2 0 0 2 4-8 0

International Friendly

Macau v Singapore 2-2 (;Khairul Amri 2)

AFC Championships

United Arab Emirates v Indonesia 4-1 (;Dimas Drajad) 400

4 - Indonesia 3 0 0 3 2-8 0

Well, that particular little story can be put to bed. All that travelling, all those games against provincial selections for the national games, those trips to Spain. Indonesia return with nothing and lets face it, we shouldn't be surprised.

People have tried to prepare the team but it was the wrong kind of preparation. Criss crossing the country on long bus journeys is not good preparation for anything other than being a bus driver.

It's pointless having a good engine if the guy doing the driving isn't a good driver. The coach and the players deserve second chances but I fear the only way they can improve is by going abroad and playing within a more professional set up.

Bambang Pamungkas has called his generation, one that includes the likes of Ponaryo Astaman, Friman Utina and Budi Sudarsono the failed generation. Before that came the Sampdoria lot; Bima Sakti, Kurinawan DY etc.

Then we have the likes of Rahmat Affandi and Samsul Arif; for years overlooked because coaches preferred the same old names or throwing in foreign imports.

And now Megia Kurnia, Yongki Aribowo, Jajang Maulyana.

A litany of names who failed to produce their best on a consistent basis because the football environment here is not designed to develop players. In fact it is not really designed for football.

Nope, don't blame Indra, Evan and all.

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