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FFT

Interview FourFourTwo.com

Indonesian coach’s patience starting to wear thin

By John Duerden
The head coach of Indonesia is discovering that when your country is banned from international football, there really isn’t very much to do… This forced inaction could result in Pieter Huistra leaving a job he loves, or loved. The Dutchman accepted the role as the technical director of the Indonesian national team in December 2014 and then took over the coaching duties in May. Soon after, FIFA issued its suspension to the football-loving Southeast Asian nation due to government interference.
Almost five months on and there isn’t any sign of the situation changing soon. The senior national team had to withdraw from qualification for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup, while the country’s clubs were booted out of the AFC Cup.

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ESPN

Interview ESPN: Indonesian football & FIFA

Recently I spoke with Jason Dasey for ESPN about the current situation in Indonesian football:

Indonesia’s Dutch coach Pieter Huistra learns to work
in uncertain times

JAKARTA, Indonesia — As the newly appointed interim head coach and technical director of Indonesia, former Dutch international Pieter Huistra has one of the toughest jobs in football.

This week is particularly stressful, as the onetime Glasgow Rangers winger tries to work out what the seismic FIFA scandal means to Southeast Asia’s largest football nation. Continue reading