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Indonesia interested in leading South East Asia's World Cup 2034 bid

2:34 PM WAT 03/07/2017
The Indonesian FA wants to lead South East Asia's World Cup 2034 bid, which will be discussed with the Asean Football Federation (AFF) in September.

The Indonesian FA (PSSI) is interested in leading South East Asian nations' bid to host the 2034 World Cup, its acting secretary-general Joko Driyono confirmed on Monday.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Joko said that the proposal will be discussed with the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) in September.

"Indonesia will host the AFF Council Meeting as well as the AFF Awarding Night on 23 September 2017 in Nusa Dua Bali. This will involve the discussion on Indonesia's bid for the 2034 World Cup.

"Indonesia will act as the consortium leader in South East Asia, and will discuss the consortium bidding for the tournament. It has been processed as the final bid will be made in 2026," explained Joko, as quoted by the Indonesian edition of Goal.

He explained the decision to bid for the 2034 edition:

"The 2034 World Cup is important so that South East Asian nations may quickly improve their facilities. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that the 2034 edition will be contested by 48 nations.

"Why 2034? This is because there is an informal rotation policy among the six continents. After Africa, it had gone to Brazil, and then Asia. If this continues, the following turn for Asia will be the 2034 edition," he pointed out.