BANDUNG - A total of 12 team members including coaches and officials will celebrate to Mexico to take part in the 2018 Homeless World Cup. Eight of them are players and four players are from West Java.
The four players were from Bandung City and one from Sumedang District. While the other two players came from Mataram and the remaining two from Yogyakarta.
Homeless World Cup itself is an annual soccer competition initiated by The Homeless World Cup Foundation, a community social organization that advocates for the homeless through football sports associations.
This year is the 16th tournament since it was first held in Austria, 2003. For the Indonesian team, Homeless World Cup this year is the eighth tournament with the highest achievement, namely fourth place in Mexico in 2012.
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil directly released the Homeless World Cup Indonesia national team at Gedung Sate, Diponegoro Street No. 22, Bandung City, Thursday (1/11/18). For Emil, Ridwan Kamil's nickname, this release is a routine thing he has done since becoming Mayor of Bandung.
"I released the Homeless World Cup national team to Mexico. "I have been doing routine since I became mayor, now the governor," Emil said.
According to Emil, a member of the Homeless World Cup team is an Indonesian youth who has a spirit. They have the desire to live better.
"They (Homeless World Cup team members) are people who represent the spirit, who want to compete, who want to live better, who want to live full of positive competition dynamics, I support," Emil said.
Meanwhile, Indonesian national team coach Aulia Rahman said that the Indonesian Homeless national team players did not have the background as professional athletes. Togetherness is the key to forming their cohesiveness.
"With all simplicity, learning responsibility from each other is also part of education. Beside when on the field they also practice seriously, "said Aulia.
The preparation of the national team itself is fairly short, which is around 40 days. The players began to gather in one team since September 28, 2018, while the training camp program began October 1 to November 8, 2018.
The Homeless Indonesia National Team itself is under the guidance of Rumah Cemara, a community organization in the city of Bandung that aims to improve the quality of life of people with HIV-AIDS, drug consumers, and marginal people in Indonesia.
"The spirit of those who made me salute here. Sometimes it exceeds other professional athletes, because they really are people who want to change themselves through this event, "explained Aulia.
Homeless World Cup 2018 will be held November 13-18 2018 in Mexico. This tournament will be attended by 63 teams with a number of players reaching more than 500 people from 47 countries in the world.