Malaysia’s Safee Sali believes Indonesia would have given the Malayan Tigers a tougher fight with players from the banned Indonesian Super League (ISL)
Indonesia had a much stronger squad in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup; Malaysia’s Indonesia based stiker Safee Sali has said.
The striker, who is expected to don the colours of Arema Pelita next season, stated that the internal crisis within the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has had a negative impact on the Garudas’ campaign this time around.
PSSI’s suspension of 25 clubs from the Indonesian Super League (ISL) meant that coach Nil Maizar was deprived of the services of some of Indonesia’s best players, who ply their trade there.
“For me, the Indonesian team in 2010 was better and more experienced,” Safee told reporters at the end of Malaysia’s 2-0 win over Indonesia.
“So, PSSI must strive to bring the internal conflict to an immediate end, for the good of Indonesian football.
“Indonesia would have given us a more intense opposition if they had picked players from the ISL,” concluded the former Pelita Jaya captain.
On Saturday, 2010 runners-up Indonesia’s participation in this year’s edition came to a close with the loss to the hosts.