JAKARTA, March 1 (Reuters) - Under-fire Indonesian football
chief Nurdin Halid is not only seeking a third term as chairman
but has also pledged to run ASEAN's top football job despite
being embroiled in an embarrassing election crisis.
Protests calling for Nurdin to be booted out of the
Indonesian soccer federation (PSSI) turned violent last week but
the embattled boss came out fighting on Tuesday.
A defiant Nurdin said he would run for the 2011-15 term and
had also thrown his hat into the ring for the highest position
at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).
"My candidacy has been announced by the AFF committee,"
Nurdin was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post. "The election
is slated for April 10."
Nurdin said he would compete with two candidates from
Malaysia and Thailand for the AFF chairmanship in his second bid
for the post.
"I failed because I didn't work (hard enough) on it," he
offered. "But for the coming position, I hope to succeed."
Angry demonstrations followed last week's PSSI decision to
disqualify oil tycoon Arifin Panigoro and Army Chief of Staff
General George Toisutta from standing against Nurdin.
Nurdin also insisted on Tuesday his association's disputed
statutes had been approved by world football governing body
"The PSSI statutes were validated on April 21, 2009 in the
extraordinary congress," he said after being summoned to the
House of Representatives to answer charges of a lack of
productivity during his previous two terms in office.
"However, FIFA had given its approval beforehand."
The PSSI has also claimed FIFA informed them via e-mail that
the leadership tussle was an internal issue and should be free
from government interference.
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