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The national team’s planned game against Jordan on Jan. 31 will proceed as scheduled after officials were assured on Tuesday about their tickets to the Middle East.

“We will leave from Medan for Jakarta at 6 p.m. before heading to Jordan at 12:14 a.m.,” team manager Mesakh Manimbor told The Jakarta Post.

The news comes as a relief after it was announced on Monday that the game would be canceled since players had not booked their flights.

The friendly match will be played in Jordan ahead of Indonesia’s match against Iraq on Feb. 6 in Group C of the Asian Cup 2015 qualifying match. The group also includes China and Saudi Arabia.

“This is a very important game, so we have to do it, no matter what,” Mesakh said.

The team will bring 28 players. Two of them — Oktovianus Maniani (Persisam Raja Ampat) and Stevie Bonsapia (Persipura) — come from the clubs competing in the Indonesia Super League (ISL) run by the breakaway Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI).

Team captain Wahyu Wijiastanto said his team was eager to play in Jordan.

“This will be a good experience before we play Iraq,” he said.

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