JAKARTA - The Indonesian national team coach Shin Tae-yong asked the relevant authorities to allow Liga 1 and Liga 2, which have been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to roll back in 2021.
"As the national team coach, I beg the relevant parties so that the league can run quickly again," said Shin, quoted by Antara from the PSSI TV Youtube channel, Thursday, January 14.
According to the South Korean tactician, the professional soccer league is a place for players to hone their skills.
It is in this competitive atmosphere that footballers can show their best potential. Thus, Shin can more easily choose players to strengthen the national team.
"I can monitor the players and see their progress. If there are no League 1 and League 2 competitions, how can I monitor the implementation of the program that I have prepared?" said Shin.
Meanwhile, General Chairman of PSSI Mochamad Iriawan said that his party had tried their best so that League 1 and League 2 could be rolled out at least starting in early 2021.
PSSI and PT Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB) as operators of the competition routinely coordinate and communicate with various parties to discuss this matter.
"Official letters to the police have been sent three times. Now all have passed away to the police. Whatever the police decision, PSSI obeys and obeys," said Iriawan.
Until this news was released, the matter of the continuation of the League 1 and 2 Indonesia had not yet met a bright spot because the National Police of the Republic of Indonesia (Polri) had not yet granted permission for the crowd because the COVID-19 pandemic had not yet been controlled.
PSSI and LIB had expressed their wish for League 1 and 2 to be screened in February 2021. However, the absence of permission from the National Police until mid-January 2021 made this wish difficult to materialize.
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