Indonesian national side could be asked to come in and replace Galatasaray

The Java Cup has hit a snag with three days to go as Turkish giants Galatasaray have unexpectedly pulled out of the tournament at the last minute
Turkish club Galatasaray have confirmed will not be making the trip to Indonesian capital Jakarta to take part in the inaugural pre-season Java Cup.

According to the official website of Asean Football Federation (AFF), the national team of Indonesia is now the most likely bet to take Galatasaray’s place in the tournament that is set to kick-off this Thursday, after the organizsrs denied that an Uruguayan selection or club (Penarol) would participate instead.

The Java Cup was initially announced as a four-team competition comprising European clubs Everton and Galatasaray together with the under-23 teams of both Malaysia and the host nation.

However, this late withdrawal by the Turkish giants has left the organisers scrambling to find a replacement.

Earlier, Malaysia announced their decision to send a select side for this tournament, after coach Ong Kim Swee opted to mix his youngsters with a few senior players and a couple of foreigners playing in the Malaysian Super League (MSL).

If the senior national team of Indonesia does come in as suggested, then they will take on the Malaysian select XI in a mouth-watering clash on July 26 for a place in the final against either Everton or Indonesia’s under-23 side.

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