7 March 2011

Indonesian footbal: the victim of political interests?

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Indonesian football is having hard times. A tension heightens between the country’s football top federation, PSSI, and those distrusting the integrity and competency of the organization’s officials. Protests have been turning into anarchism as Nurdin Halid, the current president of PSSI, refuses to step down his position. The quite success during the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 can not help easing the disappointment of Indonesian football fans with the organization’s poor management and performance under the leadership of Nurdin Halid.

Indonesian football development has been an intriguing phenomenon. It is difficult to determine which one is on the right decision as many parties get involved. Many interests irritate the final decision to be made. Meanwhile, the demonstrants tend to do anything to show their disappointment. PSSI as the Indonesian FA is under pressure.

To larger extent, Indonesia is still struggling a good capacity-building since its reform era by the downfall of the New Order regime. Poor organizational management is still found in many aspects of life, including in the sports. PSSI as the top organization of the Indonesian football is a great expectation of the fans. Unfortunately, the organization is equipped by individuals with poor integrity and competency. Political intervention is likely dominating the decision-making and policy-making processes. PSSI has become a medium of battle-of-interest of some powerful groups in the country.

Poor management of PSSI is a complex matter because of its independent status from the government. It is legally stated by the FIFA statue. History has recorded bans on some countries where government intervention leading to sanctions for their football activities. Nevertheless, FIFA always provides tolerance under particular circumstance, i. e., a situation that forces the government to defunct the football association due to its inability to run the organization. In case of Indonesia, the conflict is likely to be misled for somewhat commodity to grab sympathy from the people. The government of Indonesia does not have a goodwill to fix the problems as soon as possible.

Big achievement can only be obtained by the greatest struggle. It also costs much and sacrifices a lot. There seems a fear of sanction from the FIFA due to the intervention of the government. However, if such effort must be the only way out, there is nothing else to do about it. Or, is there any hidden agenda behind this unrest??
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