Chairman of PSAI Appreciates Menpora for Supporting the 2022 Amputation Football World Cup

CHAIRMAN of the Indonesian Amputee Football Association (PSAI), Yudhi Yahya, expressed his gratitude to the Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) Zainudin Amali and the government for being willing to accept and meet with athletes and officials of the amputated soccer team.

“Thanks to the government, in this case the Menpora, who accepted us to come to the Kemenpora,” said Yudhi during a meeting with Menpora Amali at the Wisma Kemenpora, Senayan, Central Jakarta, Thursday (17/3).

On this occasion, Yudhi also conveyed his birthday wishes to Menpora Amali. Because, Menpora Amali celebrated his 60th birthday on March 16, 2022.

“Happy birthday, to the Minister, I wish you a long, healthy, happy life. And the most important thing is to be healthy, hopefully that way we can maximize and fully contribute to this amputation sport,” he hoped.

In addition, Yudhi talked about the success of the Amputation National Team or PSAI which has successfully qualified for the Amputation Football World Cup qualification in Turkey, October 2022.

The Garuda squad managed to win in the 2022 Amputation World Cup Qualification for the East Asia Zone. by beating Bangladesh with a score of 8-0 and Malaysia with a score of 3-0.

But lost to Japan with a score of 0-2. The national team managed to qualify because they had collected 6 points.

Meanwhile, regarding preparations and government assistance for the event, he said he would coordinate with the related deputy at the Kemenpora.

“For what preparations will be made, because five is not a long time, this will be a momentum to maximize to achieve the target of the top 10 at least qualify for the World Cup,” he explained.

Previously, the Menpora received the PSAU national team at the Wisma Kemenpora Building, Senayan, Central Jakarta, Thursday (17/3/2022).

In his remarks, Menpora Amali expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the government for the achievements of the athletes.

“The government expresses its gratitude and appreciation for the achievements achieved, congratulations to the amputated soccer team who have qualified for the World Cup,” he said.

Menpora Amali ensured that the government would provide support to the PSAI national team, especially in preparation for the next five months to face the World Cup in Turkey.

Moreover, based on stories from PSAI officials and federations, they complained about budget constraints at the time of departure and the lack of training facilities.

“They will compete in the next five months in Turkey, we will of course discuss the details of what kind of (aid) will be, according to the existing government regulations which allow us to facilitate, which are allowed by the rules and which are not,” he said. (RO/OL-09)