The country's rival federation has refused to let players in the unsanctioned Indonesian Super League participate in training for the competition, which begins in two weeksThe Indonesia Football Rescue Committee (KPSI) declared on Monday that they will not allow players in the country's unsactioned Indonesia Super League (ISL) to join with the national team in preparation for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2012.
The announcement came out after an internal meeting on Saturday in response to a letter from Indonesia's Sport Minister regarding the PSSI’s invitation for ISL players to attend the national team training camp.
"Our current national team is not a result of Joint Committee’s harmonisation which was defined by [the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)]," acting KPSI general secretary Tigor Salom Boboy told reporters. "The team management is unprofessional and has no validity.
"The Sports Minister's letter urged us to coordinate with the ISL clubs and we decided not to send the ISL players for national team."
While the KPSI is unsanctioned by Fifa, the organization claims to be the legitimate authority over Indonesian football. The PSSI-controlled Indonesian Premier League lags behind the ISL in popularity among local football fans, and disputes between the two sides have threatened AFC and Fifa intervention.
In his response, Tigor further claimed that PSSI has acted arbitrarily by informing the AFC that ISL clubs are currently suspended.
“They (PSSI) told that ISL clubs are in suspension period. Obviously it was an arrogant decision. It was contrary to their plan to invite the ISL players,” he said.