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Jakarta Post

Four countries join Pertamina Independence Cup 2008

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 13 2008   /  11:09 am

Coinciding with the country's 63rd independence anniversary, the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) will kick off the 2008 Pertamina Independence Cup international soccer tournament in Jakarta next week. National teams from Libya, Myanmar, Brunei Darussalam and two teams from Indonesia will be competing at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium for the 18-carat gold cup and Rp 200 million (US$22,222) in prize money. The competition, which is back after seven years of absence, will run from Aug. 21 to 29. "Two Indonesian teams will compete -- the senior team and the under-21s," PSSI Secretary General Nugraha Besoes said at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday. The senior team will use the tournament as a warm-up session ahead of the Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup in December and the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in January 2009. The under-21 team w...