Supporters Arrive at Bung Karno Stadium, Ready for the Big Match
Thousands of Indonesian supporters arrived at the Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, Jakarta, to watch today's AFF Suzuki Cup final second leg between Indonesia and Malaysia.
They came in buses, cars and motorbikes since 5 a.m. despite the heavy rain falling in Jakarta this morning. Some had even stayed overnight.
“I'm from Yogyakarta. I arrived in Jakarta by train last night and went straight here, sleeping on a mat,” a supporter named Hendra was quoted as saying on the news portal Detik.com.
The match will kick-off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live by RCTI.
Meanwhile, around 300 Malaysian supporters will also watch the game live.
The fans came from Selangor, Johor and Kelantan states and were organized by a Selangor fan club, SSFC. They arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday and stayed with another group of supporters, the Ultras Malaya.
The leader of the supporters, Nasir Yunus said they had coordinated with the Malaysian Embassy about security.
“Malaysian supporters don't have to be afraid of riot in the stadium, however, I remind the fans to stay alert,” Yunus said.
Previously, Nugraha Besoes, secretary general of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), said there would be roughly 500 Malaysians watching the match.
“They will be given a special place and security, but they probably won't wear their team's attributes,” Nugraha said.
To discourage trouble at the stadium, five checkpoints will be set up in East Jakarta to frisk groups of fans heading toward Senayan for prohibited items such as weapons, laser pointers and firecrackers.
A tide of anger has risen among Indonesian fans in the past three days after Malaysians pointed lasers into the eyes of Indonesian players during the first leg at Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Jalil Stadium, a match Indonesia lost 3-0.
The National Police on Tuesday said it would add 1,000 officers to the combined 9,00 city, national and Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers already detailed to keep order during the match. * The Jakarta Globe