The reason Indonesia Versus Cambodia’s game is not included in the FIFA calendar
The friendly match between the Indonesian and Cambodian national teams at Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi, Wednesday (4/10/2017) at 21.00 WIB, is not included in the FIFA calendar.
International breaks are held simultaneously from 4 to 10 October 2017. Usually, this moment becomes an opportunity for a team to hold a friendly match to boost the position in the standings and also used to hold a qualifying match.
However, as quoted from the official FIFA website, there is no schedule between Indonesia against Cambodia. The last recorded is the match between Indonesia and Puerto Rico on June 13, 2017.
How is PSSI’s response related to this?
Media Director of PSSI, Gatot Widakdo, explained that the Indonesian national team will initially try against Mauritania.
However, in its development, Mauritania canceled a trial against Indonesia.
“A week ahead of the game, they cancel, so we finally chose Cambodia,” Gatot told BolaSport.com on Tuesday (3/10/2017).
Because of the rules, Gatot explained that the test match against Cambodia is not recorded in FIFA.
“The regulation 14 days before the match must inform FIFA so the game is registered by FIFA,” Gatot said.
Regardless of the match was recognized or not by FIFA, Gatot saw this game as important for the national team development.
“The national team needs testing and Luis Milla also needs this game to see the team’s development and the strategies he is implementing,” Gatot said.