Indonesia have Singapore on their minds


Indonesia have Singapore on their minds

Indonesia want to play their group matches in November’s AFF Suzuki Cup in Singapore so the team will attract a larger travelling support.

The draw for the AFF Suzuki Cup from November 22 to December 20 will be held in Hanoi on Tuesday, August 5.

Group games in the eight-team tournament will be played at the new, 55,000-seater National Stadium in Singapore and My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi.

Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) chairman Djohar Arifin Husin has told local media that it would be best if the national team played their matches in the Lion City.

The PSSI and coach Alfred Riedl, who is at the helm of Indonesia for the second time, have targetted overall victory in the biennial tournament, which the Merah Putih have never won.

"Singapore is nearby and we will have more support," said the PSSI chairman. "It's more difficult should we play further (afield, in Vietnam). Nevertheless, (it) doesn't matter in which group we play. We will fight to reach our target."

Meanwhile, the Philippines - semifinalists at the last two AFF Suzuki Cups - have readied themselves for tough matches no matter the opposition.

Philippine Football Federation (PFF) General Secretary Ed Gastanes told reporters that they did not have a preference as titleholders Singapore, three-time winners Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia were all good teams.

Both Gastanes and coach Thomas Dooley, the former captain of the United States national team, will attend the draw in Hanoi.
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