Indonesia evades Fifa ban, to play Netherlands in June

Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal has described the scheduled visit by the Oranje to Indonesia on June 7 as "special", given the historical ties between the two nations. 

The Netherlands will play a friendly match against the Garuda at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, following the signing of agreement with promoter Nine Sports.

“We know that our national team and the players will receive fanatical support from their fans in Indonesia,” Van Gaal told the Royal Dutch FA (KNVB) website. 

“This visit will be more special given the historical ties between the two countries."

“We hope to impart our knowledge and experience to Indonesian football," KNVB commercial director Jean Paul Decossaux added.

"As such, we have come up with a special program to assist the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) in this.”

The news came a few days after it was announced that PSSI had evaded a possible sanction by Fifa following their successful extraordinary congress to end the dualism in the FA and league.

The decision was announced to the media by Fifa president Sepp Blatter and secretary-general Jerome Valcke following its executive committee meeting at Fifa’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland on March 21.

“We welcome the news that PSSI have successfully held its congress on March 17 2013 to implement the points set-out by Fifa,” a press statement stated. 

“Further actions are not needed at this moment, but we will continue to monitor the situation in Indonesia.”

But despite the positivity surrounding Indonesia’s football, there is little to indicate that the situation has improved at the moment.

Newly appointed coach Luis Manuel Blanco was replaced by Rahman Darmawan and Jaksen Tiago days before their scheduled Asian Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia on March 24, which they went on to lose 2-1.

Team manager Mesak Manibor also tendered his resignation hours before kick-off, as he claimed that there was a lack of communication and coordination between him and PSSI. 

“All this while, our efforts are not recognised," said Mesak, who is also the head of Papua’s local council.

"With this [resignation], all matters pertaining to the national team is no longer of my concern.

“This is a personal decision to protect my integrity and especially for my Papua community. This decision is made so as not to influence any decision in future.”

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