Wednesday, October 05, 2016


Indonesia v Vietnam Squad

Indonesia are bumbling their way towards another friendly as they gear up for the ASEAN Football federation Championships in Manila next month. They are due to host Vietnam at the Maguwoharjo Stadium in Sleman on 9th October but have yet to receive the necessary security clearances from the local police.

The original request from the PSSI had the game slated for 9th September,,.an administrative cock up of the first order. The body responsible for arranging the game issue a letter with the wrong information!

Organisers are also unaware whether Vietnam will be bringing any supporters to the game but if they do then a block of 500 seats in the West Stand will be set aside for them. Ticket prices range from 30,000 Rp to 150,000 Rp.

While AFF Championships group rivals Singapore have gone back in time by calling on golden oldies like Daniel Bennett and naturalised Mustafic Fahruddin, Alfred Riedl has gone for a more youthful look with a squad built around younger local players meaning no place for the likes of Cristian Gonzales and Raphael Maitimo.

In keeping with the squad for the recent game against Malaysia there remains a limit on two players per club being called up, a request that came from the ISC clubs, a demand that does of course force Riedl to be almost political in his approach to calling together a squad as he strives to meet that demand with the need to weld together a squad capable of challenging for the title later this year.

Still we do get the chance t see players wearing the merah putih who otherwise would have struggled for a call up had the Austrian coach had a freer hand with Pusamania duo Jefri Kurniawan and Lerby Eliandry being recognised for their fine performances in the ISC.

Up front Riedl has called upon the two leading local goalscorers, Boas Solossa and Ferdinand Sinaga who each have eight for the campaign so far. After slow starts with their respective sides both strikers have rediscovered form and consistency in recent weeks and fans will be keen to see how the pacy duo fair against Vietnam's disciplined defence.

Despite the importance of the friendly there is still a full round of games in the Indonesia Soccer Championship this coming weekend.


1. Andritany Ardhiyasa, Persija Jakarta
2. Jandia Eka Putra, Semen Padang
3. Hery Prasetyo, Madura United


4. I Putu Gede Juni Antara, Bhayangkara FC
5. Manahati Lestusen, PS TNI
6. Benny Wahyudi, Arema Cronus
7. Hansamu Yama Pranata, Barito Putera
8. Dominggu Fakdawer, Persipura
9. Abdul Rahman Sulaiman, Bali United
10. Fachrudin Wahyudi, Sriwijaya FC
11. Rudolof Yanto Basna, Persib Bandung
12. Abdul Rachman, Persiba Balikpapan
13. Muhammad Abduh Lestaluhu, PS TNI


14. Andik Vermansyah, Selangor FA
15. Septian David Maulana, Mitra Kukar
16. Evan Dimas Darmono, Bhayangkara FC
17. Ichsan Kurniawan, Sriwijaya FC
18. Bayu Pradana Andriatmoko, Mitra Kukar
19. Dedi Kusnandar, FC Sabah Malaysia
20. Zulham Malik Zamrun, Persib Bandung
21. Rizki Rizaldi Pora, Barito Putera
22. Jefri Kurniawan, Pusamania Borneo FC


23. Irfan Haarys Bachdim, Hokkaido Consodole Sapporo
24. Boaz Theofilius Erwin Solossa, Persipura Jayapura
25. Lerby Eliandry Pong Babu, Pusamania Borneo FC
26. Ferdinand Alfred Sinaga, PSM Makassar

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