The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) have revealed their intention to host their June 16 AFC joint qualifier against Iraq at Mandala Stadium in Jayapura.
The idea to use Persipura Jayapura’s home base came after national team interim coach Peter Huistra hinted that players from the Papua-based club will dominate the squad.
PSSI General Secretary Azwan Karim believes that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will approve their proposal to play at the Mandala, or alternatively Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung.
“The AFC won’t mind, because those two stadiums was verified for Persipura and Persib Bandung’s fixtures in AFC Cup,” he told reporters.
The PSSI have also listed other alternative stadiums including Mahanan Stadium Solo and Gelora Delta Sidoarjo.
Merah Putih, as the country’s national team is called, were drawn into Group F along with Iraq, Chinese Taipei, and Southeast Asia rivals Thailand and Vietnam.
2015 Asian Cup fourth-place finishers Iraq will travel to Indonesia after a June 11 friendly against Japan.