The Jakarta Post
Ratu Tisha Destria, the first female secretary-general for the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI), has announced her resignation from the position on her personal social media account.
“Dear friends, on Monday April 13, 2020 I submitted my official resignation letter from the secretary-general position to the PSSI.
“I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work for the PSSI members, players, coaches, referees, match commissioners, instructors and all soccer lovers since July 17, 2017,” said Tisha in her Instagram account, @ratu.tisha, which was posted on Monday.
She went on to say that she was honored to be able to be a part of the new history of Indonesian soccer, including establishing creative businesses, reviving Indonesian women’s soccer and winning the bid to host the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2021.
In the post, Tisha hoped that all Indonesian soccer lovers would never stop supporting Indonesian soccer. She did not reveal her plans after PSSI, however she said she had always loved and would continue loving soccer.
In response, PSSI chief Mochamad Iriawan said he respected Tisha’s decision.
“I respect Ratu Tisha’s decision, and I thank her for her dedication as the secretary-general,” Iriawan said in a statement as published on the PSSI official website, pssi.org.
The PSSI has yet to decide who will replace Tisha.
Tisha, cofounder of soccer statistic company LabBola, earned a Master of Arts degree from FIFA Master in 2013, according to tribunnews.com.
The FIFA Master, which offers an International Master's in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport program, is organized by the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) in partnership with De Montfort University in Leicester, England, SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.
Tisha took a role in PSSI’s success for winning the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Member Association of The Year 2018/2019. The federation awarded the title for PSSI’s ability in hosting domestic and international competitions as well as developing the sport in the country. (nkn)