Exclusive: Indonesia - Hosting World Cup Is Not Impossible
Indonesia may be the rank outsiders in the race to host the 2022 World Cup but football authorities in Jakarta have told Goal.com that they are in it to win it.
The south-east Asian nation announced its shock candidacy on Wednesday.
The host of the 2022 World Cup will be announced by FIFA in December 2010- the same time as the 2018 winner.
Qatar and Australia, and possibly China and Japan, will rival Indonesia to become Asia's best contender.
Mr. Nugraha Besoes, Indonesian FA (PSSI) General Secretary, told Goal.com: "We officially registered to host the World Cup in 2022, before the February 2 deadline set by FIFA.
"The rest is up to FIFA, whether or not they see Indonesia worthy of hosting a world tournament."
When asked why the Indonesian FA did this, Nugraha Besoes said because the nation succeeded in hosting the Asian Cup 2007.
"Two years ago, we had no idea that we would be chosen as hosts for Asia's biggest tournament. Nobody believed it.
"It was very surprising but we did it and it became a huge success. That's why it's not impossible for us to host the World Cup."