The general secretary of the Football Association of Indonesia, Joko Driyono, stated that both countries are not interested in taking part in the competition in 2015
The highly anticipated Asean Super League (ASL) might have been approved to be launched in 2015, but fresh doubts have been casted after the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has claimed that the country, together with Thailand, are not keen to join the competition.
Despite AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa giving the competition his full support, the PSSI has expressed concerns regarding the feasibility of the league as a whole.
“We see that this is not easy to implement,” said general secretary of PSSI, Joko Driyono.
“Our members are also not protected. If we establish a new club, there will be new problems in the future, whereas if we appoint any teams [to join the league], there will be questions from other teams which were not selected.
“Domestic competitions can also be disrupted, because it will use a league format. Until now, Indonesia and Thailand are two countries that disagree with this ASL.”
Furthermore, Indonesia president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has also come out to ask the stakeholders to support the industry of local football in Indonesia.
He expressed his pride after knowing the national football team has a quality that can compete with other countries.
“I want all of Indonesian people, especially PSSI, to support the football industry in Indonesia,” he said. “Only in that way, this industry will continue to grow and evolve.”
The league was approved for launch in 2015 back in April 2013 and is set to follow a playoff system without relegation.
The tournament will be played over eight months from February to September, adhering to Fifa’s international calendar and not clash with the AFC Champions League or AFC Cup.
In the long run, the Asean Football Federation (AFF) foresees a total of 16 teams participating in the annual competition.