Indonesia national team assistant coach Fabio Oliveira has revealed to a local newspaper in Jakarta that the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has not been making any payment to him and former head coach Nil Maizar for the past few months.
“I have not been paid my salary for the past five months and I do not know the reason why. Till today, I have yet to have a chance to discuss this with PSSI," the Brazilian said.
“But I have made the necessary plans to meet the management soon to talk about this issue.”
Despite working without any income, Fabio promised that they would still manage the national team until their status in the set-up becomes clearer.
“Even in this condition, I am still focused to continue with the program that I have worked out with Nil. To achieve maximum results, we need to be serious and must not stop. This is very important as Indonesia must do our best in the [2015 AFC] Asian Cup qualifiers," he explained.
Both coaches were at the helm during Indonesia’s recent loss to Iraq in the Asian Cup qualifiers in Dubai, and the team will next host Saudi Arabia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on March 23.
PSSI announced last Thursday that former China Under-20 coach Luis Manuel Blanco would be taking over as head coach of the national team, but it has not been made known when Blanco will be starting his new role in Indonesia, leaving the fate of Nil and Oliveira unclear.
The manner in which the Blanco's appointment was handled prompted a reaction by the nation's Minister for Youth and Sports, Roy Suryo, who was appalled by how former coach Nil kept in the dark during the whole process.