President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met Gianni Infantino, the president of world football governing body FIFA, during the Asean Summit in Bangkok on Saturday to thank him for Indonesia’s selection as host of the U-20 World Cup in 2021.
“I met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino shortly after my arrival in Bangkok… I thanked him for selecting Indonesia as host of the 2021 U-20 World Cup,” Jokowi posted on Instagram on Saturday.
He said the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) will be happy to work with FIFA’s advance team to organize the tournament.
“[Indonesia] is home to more than 1,600 football clubs. More than 77 percent of Indonesians say they love football,” Jokowi told Infantino during their meeting, shown in a short video on Instagram.
Jokowi told Infantino Indonesia has prepared 10 stadiums on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali for the world football event.
PSSI on Saturday elected a new chairman, Comr. Gen.Mochamad Iriawan, a former Jakarta Police chief, in an extraordinary congress in Jakarta.
Jokowi has also urged newly appointed Youth and Sports Minister Zainul Amali to pay special attention to the country’s football scene, which has been dogged by match-fixing scandals for years and whose national team has not won an international title since the 1991 SEA Games.