Indonesia still keen to host Asian Cup 2007 final

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) is still pitching to have the final of the 2007 Asian Cup played in Jakarta. Indonesia is one of the tournaments four hosts, alongside Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. During the week an Asian Football Confederation delegation visited each country to check on venue standards.

In Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, the delegation visited the proposed main venue, the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. The stadium, which is undergoing a massive facelift, is expected to be ready by the end of July. The alternative venue in Indonesia is yet to be decided with Bandung and Palembang in the running.

The Indonesia Deputy Sports Minister Professor Djohar Arifin and Director of the Indonesia AFC Asian Cup 2007 Task Force Timmy Setiawan were also present during the visit, AFC Media reported.

“PSSI will do its best to fulfil the high standards set by the AFC to ensure the success of the AFC Asian Cup next year. But it is important for both parties to work closely," the Vice President of PSSI, Dali Taher told the AFC delegates.

“Gelora Bung Karno will be ready by the end of July and we will have a simulation test on it later," informed PSSI General Secretary Nugraha Besoes. “Indonesia is ready to host the tournament and we want to stress that we would like the final to be hosted here in Jakarta."

See also: AFC concludes draw for Asian Cup 2007 qualifiers (4 Jan)