Last night, the General Secretary of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Nugraha Besoes announced the cancellation of the association's congress in Pekanbaru, Riau province, whose agenda among others is to elect new chairman to replace the very controversial Nurdin Halid who will end his term on 19 April 2010.
Tempointeraktif quoted Nugraha as saying that the decision was made after a meeting between PSSI executive committee and representatives of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The reason was because the congress has went out of control because of disturbances by certain parties who want to take over PSSI leadership.
According to Kompas newspaper, what happened was that 78 delegation out of 100 delegations from the associations branches in the country have decided to take over the organization of the congress from PSSI management and set up an Appeal Committee and an election Committee to elect new Chairman latest by 30 April. They also canceled some previous decisions made by PSSI.
I am not surprised on how the congress has ended up, because from the beginning Nurdin Halid has stated that he wants to be re-elected in spite of his poor performances, whereas his rival Army Chief of Staff General George Toisutta also show the same ambition. In stead of trying to work together to find a win-win solution, each of them tried to dominate the congress.
Under PSSI's above immature leadership, it is difficult to expect our football team would perform maturely thus better than they used to be..