In our latest player profile at the tournament we chatted with Deradjat Ginandjar Koesmayadi ofTeam Indonesia.
Name: Deradjat Ginandjar Koesmayadi
How are you enjoying the Homeless World Cup so far?
I’m enjoying it so much. This is beyond a dream. It’s hard in my country for people like me. I’m criminalised for my lifestyle. Here, I can represent my country. And it’s not just about football. It’s about what we can change through football.
What’s been your favourite match so far?
Scotland. And Ireland. Because I adore them but I’ve shown that I can beat them.
What difference has playing for Indonesia made to your life?
As a captain, I can manage a team. A lot of us are HIV positive and come from disadvantaged communities, and now we can support each other. We live by a philosophy of football where HIV and addiction can’t stop us.
What do you think you’ll do next after the competition?
I’ll bring a small version of the Homeless World Cup to Indonesia. I want to share the spirit of the game with people. Life’s about sharing happiness.
If you could choose another team to win the cup, who would it be?