The Persebaya Under-19 team arrived in Perth today to kick off their eight-day tour of WA.
This will be the first leg of a two-way exchange with the Football West Gold Fields State Team travelling to Indonesia in 2019.
Football West Head of Development Jamie Harnwell was at Perth Airport to welcome the party.
Former Indonesia international Bejo Sugiantoro is the coach of the team and said they were looking forward to testing themselves against the WA teams.
“This is a great experience for our young players,” said Sugiantoro, who described himself as a “father and motivator to the team”.
The Indonesian party was scheduled to visit the WA Institute of Sport this afternoon before attending a welcome function at the Indonesian Consulate.
During their visit the Persebaya side are scheduled to play three matches against WA teams.
Football West will host the visit, which is a result of months of co-operation between Football West and the WA State Government.
The tour is set to be the first of many undertaken by teams from Asia, where football is by far the most popular sport. This is also the latest development in Football West’s Asian Engagement Strategy designed to strengthen ties between WA football and Asia.
As well as the three matches, the Indonesian squad will visit the WA Institute of Sport. The tour will also offer opportunity to promote Western Australia, with time set aside for the Indonesian party to visit a number of tourist attractions including Rottnest Island.
THREE MATCHES PERSEBAYA UNDER-19 SIDE WILL PLAY
Fri Jun 29 v Lynwood SHS at Hossack Reserve, Parkwood (kick-off 1pm)
Mon Jul 2 v Gold Fields State U15 team at Gosnells City FC, Walter Padbury Park, Thornlie (6pm)
Tue Jul 3 v Cockburn City U18 team at Dalmatinac Park, Spearwood (6.30pm)
- Football West would like to recognise the work done by WA Government Minister for Asian Engagement Bill Johnston and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade WA office in making the tour possible.