PSSI announces Indonesian Super League will be available again for national team selection

Following the humiliating 10-0 World Cup qualifier defeat to Bahrain in late February and recent debate in Indonesia, there's finally some good news for the national team
Indonesia's Football Association (PSSI) has lifted its ban on players from the breakaway Super League (ISL) being part of the national team.

The Indonesian national team made up entirely of players from the recognised Premier League (IPL) was beaten 10-0 in a World Cup qualifier in February by Bahrain.

The result grabbed worldwide attention and highlighted the alarming situation in Indonesia where the game's administration is split, between the PSSI and the Football Saviour Committe (KPSI).

The PSSI had only allowed players from the Fifa-sanctioned IPL to play for the national team, meaning footballers from the arguably stronger ISL, which broke away from the game's official governing body after chief Djohar Arifin's appointment last year, were not available for selection.

Earlier this week the KPSI, which claims to be the game's governing body in Indonesia, stated it had re-appointed former coach Alfred Riedl to the top job with his squad expected to consist only of talent from the ISL.

However, the PSSI's latest announcement comes in the wake of the reported Riedl re-appointment although the organisation claims it was decided upon at last month's congress.

“For the sake of the national team, it’s not important from which league the player comes from," PSSI disciplinary committee head Bernhard Limbong said according to The Jakarta Post.

"As of [Wednesday], national team coaches will cast all players in."

Limbong also said he hoped the decision would accelerate attempts towards a reconciliation in Indonesian football.

“This is part of our efforts for reconciliation," he said. "We want to show the ISL there is no discrimination in the national team.

“Players from the ISL can be called up to senior team, Under-23, Under-21 and other levels.”

Meanwhile, it has been revealed the KPSI hasn't officially offered Riedl the national team job.

“There is no offer. I was invited by friends to come to Indonesia and I came here as we have to keep close with our friends,” said Riedl who arrived in Jakarta this week.

The KPSI has said it will decide on Friday whether it will offer Riedl the job, although the PSSI's latest announcement may affect that.

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