Homeless World Cup: Indonesia Places Sixth, Wins Two Awards
Indonesia may be a newcomer in the 2011 World Cup held in Paris last week, but they were not shy in scooping achievements.
Indonesia won sixth place overall, was awarded best newcoming team and had one of its players named as the best male player at the 2011 Homeless World Cup.
Indonesia, represented by Rumah Cemara, a rehab center for former drug addicts and people with HIV/AIDS, lost on a penalty shootout against Chile on the battle for the 5th spot on Sunday, after drawing 4-4 during normal time.
Despite not winning the tournament, Indonesia brought home a couple of accolades.
The team, a first-timer in the competition, was named the best new team, while Indonesian player Ginan Koesmayadi was named as the best male player in the entire competition.
Indonesia went undefeated during the first round and topped Group G, and came second in the second round’s Group D with three wins and two losses, a respectable results considering they were grouped with three former champions.
In the final stage, Indonesia had the chance to go all the way, but lost 4-7 to Brazil. Indonesian then beat Nigeria 4-3 to earn a spot in the 5th spot battle, before finally losing to Chile.
The tournament’s official Web site labeled Indonesia’s debut as
“remarkable,” mentioning names like Ginandjar Koesmayadi, Sandy
Gempur Purnama and Gimgim Sofyan Nurdin as players who had raised
“plenty of eyebrows” for their skills.
Scotland won the men’s team trophy after defeating Mexico 4-3, while Kenya triumphed in the women’s competition after a 4-3 win over Mexico.