Confusion over Indonesian team

Confusion over Indonesian team
Indonesian players celebrating their shoot-out win over Malaysia in the semi-final match at the 27th South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 19 December 2013. Indonesia beat Malaysia 4-3 on penalties.

The government has put the wheels in motion to lift the ban on the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), a move that should stave off Fifa-threatened sanctions and clear the way for its Under-23 side to play at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games here.

The situation should be even more optimistic, considering that the Indonesians were represented by an official at the team managers' meeting yesterday morning at the Ramada Hotel in Balestier.

But the fog hanging over their participation in the Games' football tourney has yet to lift.

Vietnamese website Bao Sai reported yesterday that the Indonesian team will not play, quoting the country's football head of delegation, Duong Vu Lam, who called for a redrawing of groups to ensure fair competition.

But the Indonesian official, known only as Razha, was not available to refute that statement, nor answer queries from The New Paper.

He was uncontactable on his Singapore mobile number, with sources revealing that he had left for Jakarta yesterday afternoon, hours after arriving in the morning for the team managers' meeting.

Indonesia are in a five-team Group A, along with hosts Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines; while Group B features six nations - defending champions Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste.

If Indonesia are not able to participate organisers revealed that they obliged to convene a Technical Committee - comprising Singsoc officials, representatives from the Asian Football Confederation as well as the Football Association of Singapore. According to technical guidelines, they will have to decide the next course of action, between a redraw and nullifying all of Indonesia's results.

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