Ambassador keen on India friendly in Indonesia to celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations | Goa News

Panaji: India could be playing an international friendly away in Indonesia to commemorate 75 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The idea has been discussed by Ambassador of India to Indonesia, Sandeep Chakravorty, with the Football Association of Indonesia, who are more than willing. A formal request has also been made to the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
“I am in discussions with Indonesia football and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to bring the national team to come and play here,” Chakravorty said on Saturday. “India and Indonesia are cooperating on a sport which is widely popular in both countries. We may not be doing very well in Fifa rankings, but I believe that the passion is there, and that unites people. This is a beautiful gift to the people of India and Indonesia when we are celebrating our 75th anniversary.”
The Ambassador of India to Indonesia made the disclosure during Persik Kediri’s announcement that they have joined hands with India-based SkaSports Investments — owned by Rohit Ramesh and Sudhir Menon – for a strategic partnership agreement and investment.
“When Indonesia, the fourth largest (population), and India, the largest, come together, something great is going to happen. This is the 75th year of our bilateral relations and there couldn’t have come been a better moment for this collaboration between these two organisations,” said Chakravorty.
Based in Kediri, East Java, Persik Kediri have been in existence for 73 years, won the domestic league twice and featured in the AFC Champions League. The two parties jointly announced that the partnership will focus on improving the digital presence and opportunities, sporting and commercial aspects, with potential future investment, as well as bringing Persik Kediri brand of football to the Indian market.
“We are extremely delighted with our strategic partnership with a club with a rich history and working towards being one of the best in Asia,” said Rohit, who owns former I-League champions Chennai City FC. “We are confident together we will reach greater heights and work for greater co-operation between India and Indonesia.”
SkaSports’ presence in the largest South East Asian football market delighted co-founder and director Sudhir.
“Indonesian football has been rising in standards and quality, and with Persik Kediri, we have found the right partners and team with the ambition and desire to become an Asian and global sporting powerhouse. We shall work together to achieve those objectives,” said Sudhir.
Last year, SkaSports Investments acquired a stake in Cambodian Premier League team Angkor Tiger FC.

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