South Sumatran stadium to co-host Asian Cup

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) has reportedly selected the South Sumatran provincial standium, Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium, in Palembang City, to co-host the final rounds of the 2007 Asian Cup, beating Manahan Stadium in Surakarta, Central Java and Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, West Java. PSSI South Sumatra secretary general Syamsul Ramel said Saturday the stadium would host the games along with the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. It might also host the matches for third-place, he said. "That's the plan, but the decision will be made in December," he told Khairul Saleh of The Jakarta Post (2 Oct).

PSSI officials and Asian Football Confederation Fairplay Committee member Carlo K. Nohra had visited the three candidate stadiums before making the decision, to ensure they were being upgraded to meet Asian Cup sponsors' standards. "The AFC official said he was impressed with our stadium. Although some parts of the stadium still need to be repaired, we are optimistic we can meet their expectations," Syamsul said. Technicians were following AFC recommendation to improve the pitch conditions, changing rooms, medical facilities, media center and create placements for TV cameras.

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