Djohar Arifin speaks with reporters after being expelled from the PSSI congress in Ancol, North Jakarta, on Thursday (10/11). (JG Photo/Amal Ganesha)

Three Candidates Withdraw From PSSI Chairmanship Race


NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Jakarta. The field in the race for the chairmanship of the Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, has been narrowed to six candidates after three stepped down ahead of the election congress taking place at the Mercure Hotel in Ancol, North Jakarta, on Thursday (10/11).

One of the candidates, Djohar Arifin, withdrew after a decision by a majority vote to remove a point on the agenda regarding clemency for certain members, including the former PSSI chairman.

Amid ongoing reform of the organization, there had been an agreement to deliberate the matter during the congress, but delegates decided against such a move, thus disqualifying Djohar from running for chairman.

"This congress is not fair. There are too many people bent on revenge among the various blocs," Djohar told reporters. "I don't accept their decision; I'm walking out by myself."

Djohar's withdrawal was later followed by two more candidates, Erwin Aksa and Tony Apriliani. Unlike Djohar, Erwin said he withdrew his candidacy in support of fellow candidate Moeldoko, in a show of unity.

"To maintain our unity, I now declare my support for Moeldoko. I expect the new chairman to possess leadership skills, be polite and be experienced," Erwin said.

At the time of publishing, the congress was still continuing with 107 votes required to select the new PSSI chairman.