PETALING JAYA: There may be re-draw for the Singapore SEA Games football competition.
The Indonesian Under-23 football team’s participation in the biennial Games hangs by a thread as FIFA are set to ban Indonesia if the country’s Sports Ministry do not revoke their decision to freeze the activities of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) by May 29.
The SEA Games organisers are in a fix as the Under-23 competition kicks off on the same day.
An Indonesia pullout would see Group A reduced to four teams while Group B will have six.
Group A comprises hosts Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines.
Malaysia are in Group B with favourites Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste.
National Under-23 team manager Datuk Seri Affandy Hamzah said a re-draw would be the best solution.
“We have not received any updates from the organisers on the matter, yet. If Indonesia pull out, then the groupings will be lopsided. So, the best is to have a re-draw,” said Affandy, who is also Football Association Malaysia (FAM) competitions committee chairman.
Affandy also said that Indonesia were in a similar position when FIFA threatened them with a ban them before the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games.
“There were rumours of Indonesia withdrawing from the Myanmar SEA Games then. But they managed to sort it out ... I hope there will be no problems this time either,” he said.