Oktovianus left out of Indonesia’s SEA Games squad

Perseru Serui winger Oktovianus Maniani is the biggest name that has been left out of the Indonesia squad for next month’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The biennial Under-23 tournament, which will be held in Myanmar, kicks off on December 7 and teams are currently in the final stages of their preparations.

And Indonesia, who claimed the silver medal in 2011, released their 20-man squad for the tournament on Thursday, with Oktovianus the biggest name to be left out by coach Rahmad Darmawan.

The 23-year-old has won 24 caps for the senior side and was part of the squad that finished runners-up at the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, while he also named Most Valuable Player at the last SEA Games.

Other that failed to make the final cut include goalkeeper Shahar Ginanjar, defender Fandy Imbiri, midfielder Syakir Sulaiman and forwards Aldaier Makatindu and Sunarto.

Darmawan defended his decision to drop a potential match-winner in Oktovianus, claiming there was plenty of competition for places in the squad.

“It is one of the hardest decisions that I have had to make but one which I had to face,” he said on the AFF’s official website.

“The competition for every position was keen but my main consideration in taking players was in their ability to play in several positions. That was the key.”

There was however a spot for Andik Vermansah, one of the hottest properties in Indonesian football at the moment, as well as goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga, Dutch-born defender Diego Michiels and anchorman Egi Melgiansyah.

Indonesia squad for 2013 SEA Games

Goalkeepers: Kurnia Meiga (Arema Cronous), Andritany Ardhiyasa (Persija Jakarta)

Defenders: Diego Michiels (Unattached), Alfin Tuasalamony (Persib Bandung), Syahrizal Syahbuddin (Persija Jakarta), Andri Ibo, Ronny Beroperay (both Persipura Jayapura), Mokhamad Syaifuddin (Pelita Bandung Raya)

Midfielders: Andik Vermansah (Unattached), Egi Melgiansyah, Ramdani Lestaluhu (both Persija Jakarta), Manahati Lestusen, Dedi Kusnandar (both Persebaya Surabaya), Bayu Gatra (Persisam Putra Samarinda), Rizky Pellu (Pelita Bandung Raya), Nelson Alom (Persipura Jayapura)

Forwards: Fandi Eko Utomo (Persebaya Surabaya), Dendi Santoso (Arema Cronous), Yohanes Pahabol (Persipura Jayapura), Yandi Munawar (Brisbane Roar)

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