Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia After a Football Match with Residents of Sleman at Gamplong Field, Sleman Regency, January 27, 2024

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 27 Januari 2024
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Yes, firstly, this is to celebrate our national team’s success in securing a spot in round of 16 of the Asian Cup, and we want to encourage the public to give full support for tomorrow’s match between Indonesia and Australia. We hope to gain points from there so we can move onto the next round. I think, secondly, we want everyone to rejoice with the community, once again, to support our national team.

Journalist

Sir, how was the match earlier? If I’m not mistaken, you conceded, how many points, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Actually, I wasn’t in the goalkeeper position earlier, but I was forced to be the goalkeeper. Yes, we conceded two goals, hehehe

Journalist

Why chose this location, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Sorry?

Journalist

Why you chose this location, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Gamplong village, Sleman regency was chosen as the location [because] we want to feel closer to the village residents, that’s all.

Journalist

Will there be bonuses for the national team players, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Later, play first, play first. I think there will be a bonus, but I won’t say how much, but play first. If we win tomorrow, then we’ll talk about the bonus.

Journalist

Pak Jokowi, how do you feel playing football in the rain like this, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Well, my head gets wet, I have no idea. Gets soaked like this, I have no idea, but still healthy. Everyone is healthy, everyone is healthy.

(AS/MMB)

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