Indonesian president wants its football team to dominate in region

16:01, July 06, 2010      

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Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called for immediate fixing in national football organizer body to improve the performance of national team so as to be able to dominate the sport in Southeast Asia region, local media reported on Tuesday.

"Our nation has talent. We have the ability to be great. If there are no concrete steps taken on our part, nothing good can ever happen," the president responded Monday to the country's football fans' appetite for the World Cup.

"Football requires not only a very good coach, but also good management, training, good facilities. The system must work. Let us try and fix this, because I have heard that our people love football so much in their hearts."

According to President Yudhoyono, the football game was not just a sport, saying that it can trigger unity and nationalism in the people.

President Yudhoyono said he was convinced he could raise the profile of the national team and the domestic league, and had staged a football congress in Malang in March.

President Yudhoyono added that Indonesia was aiming to win the 2011 Southeast Asia Games football tournament in Palembang, South Sulawesi province.

To this end, he urged the Indonesian football sport organizer (PSSI) to recruit world-class football coaches to push the national team to the top, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Under the current PSSI leadership, Indonesian football team has been criticized for its lack of achievements either in regional or international levels.

Source: Xinhua

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