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U-20 World Cup: PSSI sidesteps authority as fans voice concerns over foreign recruits

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 21, 2020   /  04:02 pm
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Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) chief Comr. Gen. Mochammad Iriawan (in green shirt) delivers a motivational speech to players of the senior national team and the U-19 squad during training on Aug. 15, 2020 at Madya Stadium of the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Central Jakarta.(JP/Courtesy of www.pssi.org)

The decision of three Liga 1 clubs to recruit Brazilian players has raised  eyebrows amid the efforts of the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) to boost player performance, especially in preparing the U-19 team for next year's U-20 World Cup in Indonesia. The major concern is speculation that these Brazilian players who meet the U-20 age requirement will become naturalized to play for the national squad at the U-20 World Cup. Many say that such a move would seriously damage morale among the young Indonesian players. Critics have demanded the PSSI to rethink its strategy and prioritize local talents instead at the world-class event. Ignatius Indro of the National Team Supporters Association is among the voices expressing regret over the Brazilians' recruitment, who said...