Jakarta. Having verified eight nominees to be selected as the next Indonesian football association, or PSSI, chairman, the organization's Electoral Appeal Committee accepted one more nominee after an appeal on Saturday (17/09) — businessman Sarman El Hakim, whose appeal was heard in a meeting at the Gran Melia Hotel in Jakarta.
There are now nine final nominees for the PSSI chairmanship: former PSSI chairman Djohar Arifin, former national team manager Benhard Limbong, Batu mayor Eddy Rumpoko, former PSSI secretary general Toni Aprilani, former Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Moeldoko, former Army Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) chief Lt. Gen. Edy Rahmayadi, Vice President Jusuf Kalla's nephew Erwin Aksa, legendary Indonesian striker Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto and Sarman El Hakim.
Sarman is a chairman of the Indonesian Football Community, an organization which had been campaigning for Indonesia to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.
The committee — chaired by Inter Milan president Erick Thohir — also accepted two other appeals from former lawmaker Cheppy Wartono and journalist Yesayas Oktavianus who intend to run to become members of the association's executive committee.
The association has also decided on 17 nominees for the vice-chairman position and 59 member nominees for the executive committee. Many of these nominees are gunning for more than one position, including Yesayas who will also run for the vice chairman post.
PSSI will hold the election for new leaders in October in a place yet to be confirmed after the Sports Ministry rejected a proposal to have the election in Makassar.