Yunus: Nine Sport must communicate the pre-season tournament with PSSI

Jakarta (medialnews) – PSSI Acting Secretary General Yunus Nusi said Nine Sport Inc., a marketing company and sports event organizer, needs to communicate with PSSI if it wants to hold a pre-season tournament.

“If there is a pre-season tournament, we must at least communicate with PSSI first,” Yunus told medialnews in Jakarta on Thursday.

The man who is also a member of the PSSI Executive Committee continued, until Thursday (20/5), Nine Sport had not yet officially contacted PSSI about the pre-season competition.

According to Yunus, all parties have to go through all stages before they can hold a football tournament in the country.

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He gave an example of how PSSI and PT Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB) worked closely with Kemenpora and other stakeholders to realize the 2021 Menpora Cup pre-season tournament last March-April.

“It requires intensive meeting and special attention before PSSI recommends a pre-season tournament with League 1 and 2 teams. That’s just what PSSI did with Kemenpora and other sides to make the Menpora Cup 2021 a reality,” said Yunus.

Nine Sport Inc. will hold a pre-season football tournament with participants from clubs such as RANS Cilegon FC, Persija and the Malaysian Super League team, Sabah FC.

The tournament, which is expected to be followed by 14 to 16 teams from the Indonesian League 1 and 2, starts in June 2021. The goal is for the competition to begin 10 days before the Indonesian League 1 for the 2021- 2022 season.

For international teams, in addition to Sabah FC, there are also European or Australian teams that are said to be in the middle of negotiations.

Also Read: Kemenpora: Nine Sport pre-season tournament must get PSSI approval

Earlier, with regard to the pre-season tournament, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, through the Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Sesmenpora) Gatot S. Dewa Broto, emphasized that the match must be given PSSI approval before being held .

Gatot said that without PSSI’s ‘green light’, the government would not support football activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nine Sport cannot directly incorporate Kemenpora without the consent of PSSI as a federation,” said Gatot.

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Reporter: Michael Siahaan
Editor: Irwan Suhirwandi

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