Menpora Cup will be the first national-level amputee football competition that will be held every year
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Menpora Cup, the national-level amputee football event, is ready to be held for the first time on November 25-27 at the Pamentas Field, South Jakarta, with six teams participating to compete for the Menpora Trophy.
According to a statement from the Indonesian Amputee Football Association (PSAI), Thursday, Menpora Cup was held as an implementation of the amputee football athlete talent guidance and development program in Indonesia undertaken by the PSAI.
Six teams that participate in the first iteration of the amputee football tournament are Persam Madura, Persaj Jakarta, Persaid Jember, Sebad Depok, Persama Malang, and Persas Surabaya.
Moreover, the tournament is held as a follow up to the achievement of the Indonesian football national team that managed to reach the final round of the Amputee Football World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey, in October.
“Menpora Cup will be the first national-level amputee football competition that will be held every year,” the PSAI stated.
“This Menpora Cup is also held to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2022,” the association highlighted.
In the Amputee Football World Cup, the Indonesian amputee football team ranked 22nd out of 24 countries that participated in the final round of the tournament on October 1-9.
Indonesia became the only Southeast Asian team that managed to qualify for the final round of the 2022 Amputee Football World Cup.
Unfortunately, the Indonesian national team, led by Aditya, lost three Group C elimination phase matches, thereby being unable to proceed further into the top 16 round.
The 2022 Amputee Football World Cup was won by Turkey after the team defeated the defending champion, Angola, by 4-1, during the final match.