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Jakarta Post

As PSSI calls off soccer leagues, players ponder futures

  • Dicky Christanto


Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22 2021   /  01:00 am
Ibrahim Sanjaya (center), of Indonesia top-league Liga 1’s Persik Kediri soccer club, steals the ball during a training session at Brawijaya Stadium in Kediri, East Java on Oct. 14, 2020. (Antara/Prasetia Fauzani)

Indonesian Soccer Players Association (APPI) chief Ponaryo Astaman acknowledged that even though it had been hard to face, the Soccer Association of Indonesia’s (PSSI) decision to cancel the country’s premier and second-tier tournaments, Liga 1 and 2, was no surprise given the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Most of the players, he went on, had been bracing for a cancellation since the start of the pandemic in Indonesia in March last year. They are now eager to find out what’s next for them in terms of competitions, which remains unclear, he added. “It was tough news, but we finally got some certainty out of this absurd situation, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ponaryo told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. PSSI chief Mochamad Iriawan recently announced the cancellation of 2020-2021 competitions, citing the pandemic as the main reason...