By ESPNSTAR.com staff
According to reports in both the Jakarta Globe and the New Straits Times, the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) and the Indonesian Football Rescue Committee (KPSI) both signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday at the AFC's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
This now means the Indonesia Super League, the official top flight, and the Indonesia Premier League, the breakaway competition, will be governed by the PSSI, with four KPSI members set to be reinstated to their original positions.
The agreement also comes a week before a FIFA-imposed deadline for the country to unite under a single administration or risk being suspended from all official competition.
AFC vice-president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was hopeful the agreement will mark the end of what has been one of the most troubling times of Indonesian football.
"This is the start of a new chapter in Indonesian football and an opportunity to put personal differences and politics aside for the sake of football," Tengku Abdullah told the New Straits Times.
"We are confident that the MoU meets the requirements of FIFA as all the football activities will be under the umbrella of PSSI."
However, the crisis may not completely over yet as PSSI officials were said to have held an emergency meeting in Jakarta on Friday to discuss the development, which they claim they were unaware of.
"Of course, we are happy that the Super League will come under the PSSI, but we never agreed for the KPSI members to be reinstated to our association," PSSI official Rudolf Yesayas said.
"There are a lot of officials here at this meeting, and I can tell you a lot of us are very, very unhappy."
Nonetheless, in a report in the Jakarta Globe, PSSI chairman Djohar Arifin Hussein appeared to express delight at finally brokering a deal with his association's rival faction.
"We are glad because now we can work together to settle the matters in a friendly manner," Djohar was quoted as saying. "We're grateful because FIFA and the AFC have also been working hard to help us with our problems.
"We now believe FIFA won't sanction Indonesian football, but a gruelling task lies ahead of us."
It has also been reported that a PSSI committee will be tasked with creating a new top-tier league although it remains to be seen if that will come about from a merger between existing Premier League and Super League sides.