The upcoming Java Cup lost some of its luster after Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray withdrew from the four-team tournament.
Nevertheless, the show will go on.
Indonesia’s senior side will replace Galatasaray in the Java Cup, which also includes the Indonesia’s Under-23 team, Malaysia’s national team and English Premier League side Everton.
The tournament will take place in Jakarta from Thursday through Sunday.
“The Indonesian Football Association [PSSI] held a meeting last night and asked us to focus on keeping the four-side tournament format,” Widjajanto, chief executive of tournament organizer Liga Prima Indonesia Sportindo, told the Jakarta Globe on Monday. “So the PSSI decided to send the senior side to the tournament.”
After Galatasaray pulled out, the rumor was that a Uruguay Selection would play in its place. Then PSSI executive committee member Sihar Sitorus was quoted by TopSkor sports daily on Sunday as saying Club Nacional of Uruguay had agreed to come to Jakarta, its star players in tow.
But that turned out not to be true, as the Uruguayan club was already scheduled to play Deportes Iquique of Chile in the Copa Sudamericana on Aug. 1.
Widjajanto did not want to elaborate when asked if Nacional had been on the top of the list to replace Galatasaray.
“I can’t reveal the details because they are supposed to be closed,” he told the Jakarta Globe. “But it was a top-class team. They couldn’t make it to Jakarta because it was not possible to get 37 seats on one flight to Jakarta in two days’ time. They said they were sorry.”
Despite losing one of the main draws, the organizer has no plans to cut ticket prices. VVIP seats will cost Rp 1.5 million ($160); west VIP seats Rp 1 million; east VIP seats Rp 750,000; category 1 seats Rp 300,000; Category 2 seats Rp 100,000; and tribune seats Rp 50,000.