Indonesia - Laos Preview: 2010 runners-up hoping for positive start against tournament minnows

Indonesia will be looking to preserve their 100% record in opening matches at the AFF Cup against surprise-package Laos


Endra Prasetya
Maitimo - Hamdi - Wahyu - Novan
Ellie - Cusell - Taufiq - Okto

Bambang - Irfan

Saynakhonevieng, Ketsada, Khamphoumi, Kovanh
Vilayout, Keoviengphet, Kanlaya, Phatthana

Visay, Khampheng

Indonesia's Oktovianus Maniani is back in shape after a minor right leg injury. The Red and White team left winger has been training, and has a chance to face Laos. Raphael Maitimo will make his debut for Indonesia if he is enters the starting line-up.  

Nil Maizar does not underestimate Laos, because he consideres all the teams in Group B to be of the same level. As the underdogs, Nil considers Laos to provide surprises. The Indonesian coach already knows the game of Laos by watching the videos of their opponents when they played in the qualifiers.

There are no significant obstacles in the selection of the starting line-up for Laos, all players are ready to play in their first match. Despite only registering 20 players, Laos coach Kokichi Kimura is confident that his team could put on a good performance in their first match saying:"It's no problem for us to bring only 20 players in here. We came here (Kuala Lumpur) with a high confidence and good team spirit."

  • Raphael Maitimo received his Indonesian passport and will be making his debut for his new nation.
  • Indonesia have never lost their first match of the AFF Cup since 1996, three of them involved beating Laos.
  • Nil Maizar only learnt of the Laos game via videos of their opponents playing at the AFF Cup 2012 qualifiers.
  • Laos have not won or drawn their last seven encounters against Indonesia. In the latest encounter at AFFSC 2010, they lost 6-0 in Jakarta.
  • Five Thai-based players have been called-up by coach Kokichi Kimura to strengthen the team for AFFSC.
  • Visay Phaphouvanin is the most-experienced player in the team with 48 international caps.