Indonesia National team coordinator, Bob Hippy, finally revealing who will be the successor Rahmad Darmawan as U-23 coach. The figure is Aji Santoso, assistant Rahmad Darmawan when dealing with U-23 national team in the event the SEA Games.
Actually there are several names for the train "Garuda Muda". Besides Aji, there is the name of the Nile Maizar, Widodo Cahyono Putro, and several other names.
Bob said, the reason PSSI choose Aji because he previously was an assistant Rahmad. He was, says Bob, live continuing program that has been given by Rahmad. In addition, it seems Aji explained that the program more attractive to the PSSI.
"Aji Santoso Replace Rahmad Darmawan as coach at U-23 national team. He will begin the task of January. However, this designation will still be discussed at the meeting of Exco (Executive Committee). Exco meeting after the new year. After that, Aji can run program, "Bob said when contacted by reporters on Monday (26/12/2011).
The first challenge Aji as U-23 national team coach is the AFF Cup in June next year. Although preparation will fairly minimal, Bob will not assess any problems. Furthermore, Bob says, Aji Santoso will be assisted Widodo. However, Widodo still have to deal with U-21 national team to face the Asian championship in Brunei in February instead.