The Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has appointed former national team manager Indra Sjafri as its technical director.

Indra was the architect behind the Indonesian Under-19 squad’s victory at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Youth Championship in 2013 – in a 7-6 shootout against Vietnam – and the U-22 team’s triumph at the AFF U-22 Youth Championship in 2019 – beating Thailand 2-1.

Indra takes the baton from Danurwindo, who takes on a new role as technical advisor for the association.

“The PSSI executive committee meeting has named coach Indra as the new technical director. In the technical department, he will coordinate with Danurwindo,” PSSI chief Mochamad “Iwan Bule” Iriawan said in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

He went on to say that the new director was expecting busy months ahead, including in supervising the country’s talents trained overseas.

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“The job requires high mobility and full attention,” added the chief.

In the national team, Iriawan said head coach Shin Tae-yong of South Korea would continue to be assisted by his countryman Kim Hae-won in collaboration with local coaches Nova Irianto and Alex Aldha Yudi, as well as goalkeeping coach Sahari Gultom.

Iriawan thanked Danurwindo for his service in developing the country’s soccer talent.

“Danurwindo is a senior coach. We need his wisdom; therefore, we have asked him to be the advisor. He is still with us,” he added. (nkn)