Indonesia’s election as host of the 2023 U-17 World Cup is an achievement in itself for Indonesian football. / Photo: Instagram @erickthohir
JAKARTA – Indonesia’s election as host of the 2023 U-17 World Cup is an achievement in itself for Indonesian football. In fact, the Garuda Squad also succeeded in reaching the 2023 Asian Cup.
What’s even more interesting is that after waiting for 32 years, the Indonesian football team also managed to win gold at the 2023 SEA Games. Then, world champion Argentina competed in the FIFA Matchday match against Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, Jakarta, last June.
Indeed, that is not completely enough, but the development of Indonesian football for the better cannot be separated from the role of the General Chair of PSSI, Erick Thohir. It is not impossible that Indonesia will return to being an Asian Tiger.
According to the founder of the Football Institute, Budi Setiawan, Erick Thohir has brought better changes to the national team and football since becoming General Chair of PSSI through the Extraordinary Congress (KLB) last February.
“Erick is the ‘right man on the right place at the right time’. He is the right person,” stressed Budi in his written statement, Thursday (19/10/2023).
Furthermore, Budi stated that PSSI in the Erick Thohir era had many changes and breakthroughs made in a fairly short time. Erick Thohir, in his opinion, has changed the paradigm of Indonesian football through organizational management that is starting to be transparent, willing to listen to input, starting to show commitment to improving refereeing and overcoming match fixing.
Not only that, Erick is also considered capable of providing strong motivation to the Indonesian national team players, so that the Red and White team does not only focus on bonuses but also on achievements. This was one of the factors that made Indonesia successful in winning the 2023 SEA Games football sport.
“I once said that Erick Thohir is the ‘right man on the right place at the right time’. Another paradigm in the national team, players no longer play for bonuses, but for the Red and White. In 32 years Indonesia finally won gold in SEA Games,” said Budi.
Therefore, it is hoped that Erick will remain in the government environment so that later he can control and bring Indonesian football further forward. “Erick pays attention to the progress of sports, especially in basketball and football,” praised Budi.
Budi also said that when Erick served as Chairman of PSSI and as Minister of BUMN alone he was able to encourage the acceleration of the development of Indonesian football. “As we know football, PSSI cannot run optimally if it doesn’t work hand in hand with the government, it has to be in harmony. As the General Chair of PSSI who is also the Minister of BUMN, we see and feel that football is now moving very fast,” he explained.
He also admitted that the development of football was increasingly advanced with the construction of a field for the national team TC at IKN also being realized. “Many things can be realized, whether it’s just becoming a minister, or becoming vice president, of course it will provide even more fresh air for football and other sports, especially if the president and vice president are biased in the sports sector,” concluded Budi.