The attacker is playing for Persija Jakarta, designated as the rebel league in the country which has two domestic leagues and was told by the club not to report for national team duty after being called up by coach Nil Maizar. The striker, who has 42 goals to his name in 92 international appearances, chose to ignore the instructions.
Indonesia have been grouped with Malaysia, Singapore and Laos in Group B of the regional tournament that takes place later this month but with two leagues and two national teams, preparations have not been smooth.
”I came from my home to join the Indonesian national team training camp,” he told the Jakarta Globe. “As a professional, I hope that the Indonesian football dualism ends here.
“No more two ‘national teams’ and two [football] federations. I want to support the national team that is recognised by the AFF.”