Indonesia to begin AFF Suzuki Cup preparations

The recent SEA Games finalists will have a round of selection next week, followed by centralised training from February onwards to prepare for the 2014 tournament
The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) have announced that they are set to begin preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 starting next week.

The recent SEA Games finalists, who upset the likes of hosts Myanmar and holders Malaysia en route to the final before eventually succumbing to a narrow loss to Thailand, will begin with a round of selection next week followed by a centralised training starting next month.

At least 40 players will be chosen from the selection process and these selected players will attend the centralised training. The PSSI have also arranged for the national side to play in at least 12 friendly matches throughout the year.

Indonesia have never won the AFF Suzuki Cup before, although they were runners-up four times before, the most recent when they lost to Malaysia in the final in 2010. The Merah Putih were ousted in the group stages in the previous edition of the tournament in 2012.

The AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 will be hosted by Vietnam and Singapore.

However, the immediate task for newly-appointed Indonesia national coach Alfred Riedl will be their last qualifying match of the 2015 Asian Cup against Saudi Arabia in March.