Indonesia FA holds extraordinary congress amidst more controversy

By Khalis Rifhan

Indonesia’s football is set for a new lease of life as the breakaway Save Indonesia Football Committee (KPSI) was officially disbanded by its former chief, La Nyalla Mattalitti, during an extraordinary congress held on Sunday afternoon.

The congress was officially opened by Minister for Youth and Sports Roy Suryo and PSSI chairman Djohar Arifin Husein (both pictured left).

Also in attendance were Jeysing Muthiah and Marco Leal, representatives from FIFA and AFC respectively, as well as Dutch Football Association chief Michael van Praag. 

But there were also ugly scenes, as six PSSI executive committee members staged a walk-out in protest of an additional agenda to discuss the implementation of an ordinary congress.

The six exco members who walked out were Farid Rahman, Bob Hippy, Sihar Sitorus, Tuty Dau, Mawardi Nurdin and Widodo Santoso, while the remaining six chose to remain in their seats and see out the remainder of the congress.

Speaking to the media at the hotel lobby after they exited the congress venue, PSSI vice-chairman Farid (pictured right) and three others (Bob, Tuty and Sihar) said that there were several violations in the manner that the congress was being held.

“At this moment, there are four exco members who had decided to walk-out from the congress," Farid claimed.

"According to the information that I have received, two more [Mawardi and Widodo] had left too. But I am not able to verify it as they are not with us.

“We want to follow the procedure but they [PSSI] did not follow it. According to the MOU and letter to us, there is only three agenda for the congress. But today, there is an additional agenda, which is to set the date for PSSI ordinary congress.

"This is very wrong."

While Farid was busy surrounding himself with the glamor of the media, the congress went about their agenda and elected La Nyalla as PSSI’s new vice-chairman.


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