Indonesia reappoint Riedl with AFF Championship ultimatum

The Austrian returns to Indonesia but has been handed a strict 'win or be fired' ultimatum for the 2014 edition of Southeast Asia's biggest football tournament
The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) have officially reappointed Alfred Riedl as the new national team coach.

The Austrian, who has had a lengthy spell in the region with Vietnam, Laos and Indonesia, whom he parted ways with after a failed AFF Championship campaign, signed a three-year contract with a specific clause to win the AFF Championship next year.

If Riedl fails to accomplish his target, he will be dismissed from his post before the completion of his three-year tenure.

"If Riedl failed to bring glory for Indonesia in AFF Championship 2014, we could fire him," the chief of National Team Body, La Nyalla Mataliti told reporters in Indonesia.

"But if he did it, we would like to keep him to coach the national team in accordance with his contract period."

On the other hand, Riedl stated that he is happy to be back as Indonesia coach despite having a difficult task and accepted the ultimatum that he has been handed.

"I accept the challenge of PSSI to win the AFF [Championship]. I also received a contract duration of 3 years with such terms," tweeted Riedl.

"What I need is the support of all the fans in Indonesia. We can imitate the achievements [of the] U-19 national team [who won the AFF U19 Championship this year]. If they can become a champion off (sic) course senior national team can do it, why not?

"Like you all, I did (sic) not want to fail in the second chance that I have now. If we believe, we can do it! Peace be upon you all."

Speaking to reporters in Indonesia, the former Austrian manager reiterated his views and hoped for a good start to his new term.

"I'm happy to back in Indonesia, I wish I could lead the national team to clinch the AFF 2014 title," he said.
"I know it won't be easy, in order to achieve it, we need good cooperation between coaching staff, players, PSSI, and the all supporters."

The 2014 AFF Championship will be co-hosted by Vietnam and Singapore. The Lions are the defending champions of the competition, having won it for a record fourth time last year.