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PSSI KLB Momentum to Advance Indonesian Football


Jakarta – The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) is holding an Extraordinary Congress (KLB), one of which will determine the figure of the General Chair of the organization on February 16, 2023. Many parties also hope that the KLB will become a momentum to advance Indonesian football.

PSSI will immediately implement a change in management through the KLB mechanism which is scheduled to take place on Thursday 16 February 2023. Related to this, the Election Committee (KP) has put forward 5 (five) candidates for the names of the General Chairperson (Ketum) who will run.

The five candidates for the General Chair of PSSI who have officially become Erick Thohir, Arif Putra Wicaksono, Doni Setiabudi, Fary Djemy Francis to La Nyalla Mattalitti. Not only five candidates for General Chair who will compete, but on the KLB agenda there are also 16 candidates for Waketum and as many as 15 candidates for members of the Executive Committee (Exco) who will work together in leading PSSI.

Regarding this matter, the Chairman of the KP, Amir Burhanudin appealed to the candidates to be able to establish communication with the owners of votes to be able to convey their ideas, ideas to their vision and mission if they are actually elected as administrators at PSSI for the leadership period from 2023 to 2027 future.

As information, that the PSSI KLB will be attended by as many as 87 voters. Then the election mechanism itself is carried out separately, in which the General Chairperson, Deputy General Chairperson and Exco members will be elected individually. At least the candidates must be able to pocket up to 50 percent plus 1 (one) vote in order to be declared elected.

One of the names that has become a candidate for the PSSI chairmanship is the former president of Inter Milan, Erick Thohir. He is considered very suitable to lead the Indonesian football organization because he is considered to have the capacity to deal with football problems in the country.

Regarding this matter, the President of Persiraja, Zulfikar SBY stated that Erick Thohir himself did have experience in managing football. He even served as President of Inter Milan, which is one of the Seria A clubs in the Italian League.

Zulfikar also believes that football in Indonesia will be far more advanced under the leadership of Erick Thohir because he has a wealth of experience regarding football even at the international level, including in the United States.

Not only Persiraja, but previously Sriwijaya FC also expressed their support for the number one person in the Ministry of BUMN. Secretary of PT Sriwijaya Optimis Mandiri (SOM), Faisal Mursyid stated that Erick Thohir is the right figure to be able to bring national football to be much better in the future.

Meanwhile, Football Observer, Kesit Handoyo also considered that the man who served as Minister of BUMN did have the capacity to become a PSSI leader and could fix national football. According to him, how did Erick Thohir’s steps to carry out a series of transformations in BUMN itself become an added value that could also be applied to carry out overall reforms at PSSI.

Kesit Handoyo also added that Erick Thohir would have the task of repairing the system at PSSI which had so far been classified as chaotic. One example is related to the registration of a professional club which must meet a number of requirements, but in fact there are still clubs that can qualify even though they cannot fulfill all of these requirements.

It should also be noted that the Candidate for General Chair of PSSI, Erick Thohir himself, has explained several programs that he will carry out if he is later elected as the number one person in PSSI. One of his promises was that he would clean up Indonesian football and PSSI.

According to him, Indonesian football must indeed be ‘disassembled’ and then rebuilt together. The Lampung-born businessman continued, that if he was elected he would protect PSSI from conflicts of interest, including being prepared to face the football mafia.

The minister who served during President Jokowi’s period admitted that indeed the PSSI management must be filled with clean people, so it is absolutely not possible if there are still entrusted administrators. In the Extraordinary Congress (KLB) which will soon be held by PSSI on February 16, one of which is in the context of selecting the General Chairperson of PSSI for the period 2023 to 2027, it is undeniable that the name Erick Thohir is a figure who has very high capacity and quality. fit to lead PSSI.

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