PSSI schedules Cameroon friendly, confident in success despite preparation gaffes

The federation's general secretary has praised the national team for their focus in preparation for the Suzuki Cup in spite of scheduling turmoil they have faced
Indonesia's football association PSSI believes their team are fairly prepared for the Suzuki Cup, and are very optimistic about Indonesia’s showing in the upcoming tournament.

The vote of confidence despite the Indonesian squad facing a lack of government funding in addition to some players not yet having joined the squad due to the ongoing feud between the PSSI and the rival KPSI.

"We have made the maximum preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup," PSSI general secretary Halim Mahfudz told Kompas. "Our players' spirits are incredible even in difficult situations due to several internal problems."

After planned warm-up matches against Philippines and Sudan were cancelled, Indonesia have been scheduled to play a friendly against Timor Leste on November 14 and Cameroon on November 16.

While Timor Leste have confirmed their participation in the match, the venue is yet to be confirmed as Indonesia head coach Nil Maizar wants friendly matches to be played within Indonesia to allow his players adequate time to recuperate.

"Indeed, we need two warm-up matches. If the match with Timor Leste is confirmed, I want the game to be held in Jakarta," said Maizar.

"I have a reason why the match should be in Jakarta. I want to avoid the risk of player’s fatigue."

Bali was previously set to be the venue for a mini-tournament which would have included Timor Leste and Philippines, but it was cancelled after the latter refused to join.

After the announcement and immediate cancellation of a match against Sudan, the PSSI scrambled to schedule a second friendly, only confirming a match with Cameroon late this week. The African nation's federation FECAFOOT announced their 24-man roster, consisting mostly of reserve players, on Thursday night.

Mahfudz expressed understanding of Maizar's refusal to arrange friendly matches outside of Indonesia a few weeks before the tournament begins.

“With Nil’s decision, it means that he wanted to give the players more time to rest, and I think it would be good for our preparation,” said Halim.

Indonesia are set to face Laos in their opening match of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 on November 25 at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.