In our latest player profile at the tournament we chatted with Deradjat Ginandjar Koesmayadi ofTeam Indonesia.

25 August 2011

In our latest player profile at the tournament we chatted with Deradjat Ginandjar Koesmayadi ofTeam Indonesia.

Name:  Deradjat Ginandjar Koesmayadi

Age:  31

Country:  Indonesia

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?

England!

Ginand was interviewed by Bethan Mobey.



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