BANDUNG- The Member of The Tenth Commission of DPR RI, Surahman Hidayat, reminds PSSI to immediately prepare the Indonesian team to participate in AFF CUP 2016 in Myanmar and Phillipines.
"PSSI should work harder in order to achieve something great, because the institution was suspended for about a year by the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs. Indonsia now ranks 185 on the FIFA ranking, far below Phillipines (116), Thailand (119), Vietnam (144), Singapore (148), Myanmar (166), and Malaysia (174) even Timor Leste (175)," said Surahman during the press conference on Saturday (11/6).
Surahman said that today, Indonesia is falling down the ranking. It is because Indonesian Soccer Institution was suspended by The Minister of Youth and Sports Affair for about a year and that makes the other countries confident to face Indonesia.
"PSSI should be able to make Indonesia the winner of this competition. That will become a sweet present to relieve the fan's thirst of title," said the PKS legislator.
Thus, Surahman reminds PSSI to immediately form Indonesian National team and conduct a training camp with a clear agenda of friendly matches under the care of Indonesian local coach who understand our own potential.
"Local coach is having as good quality as the foreign coach. They even share a strong emotional bond with Indonesian player and that would help the coach in communicating with Indonesian player and enables the coach to apply the right strategy for the team," said Surahman.
Aside of that, PSSI should also sent a team to watch the strength of Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia national teams, because the four countries are said to be the strongest rival on the competition plus Malaysia is the host of AFF 2016. Surahman expects this team would provide information that could help the coach to determine what kind of stategy to be applied.
According to the information, the event, which is held once in two years, will be started on November 19, 2016 until December 17, 2016. To this date, the best achievement of Indonesia on this event is becoming the runner up on 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2012.
"The winning title of AFF is the dream of everybody in Indonesia and I believe with hardwork and strong fighting spirit, we could be the winner," he said. (Adi)