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Is Bima Sakti to blame for Indonesia debacle or should Luis Milla be the one?

Indonesia succumbed to their second defeat in three matches in the AFF Suzuki Cup – a 4-2 loss to defending champions Thailand which left them on the brink of an early exit from the tournament. But who is to blame for their dismal performance?

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Bima Sakti, a former Indonesia international and assistant to former coach Luis Milla, was handed the responsibility to show the finalists from last edition the way right before the commencement of the AFF Suzuki Cup. The reason behind his appointment, what now seems was unplanned or poorly executed at the least, was that Milla had gone ‘missing’ after his contract renewal.

The Spaniard, who played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, was handed a one-year extension after the 2018 Asian Games. However, he failed to report on the deadline of November 9, which was later extended by a week, and the Indonesian FA, PSSI, took the step of relieving him of his duties.

Bima, initially, had the support of the fans who believed in their ex-player. However, after the AFF Suzuki Cup debacle, they have turned against him and want him out. Rightly so as the fans have left no stone unturned in supporting their national team and will be out in numbers again come November 25 when Indonesia welcome Philippines to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.