We stepped into the SEA Games in 1987 with confidence. Competition was very tight at that time. There is confidence in us to win the championship, “- Rully Nere, Indonesian national team midfielder 1987.
September 20th, 1987 witnessed the glory of Indonesian Soccer at the level of Southeast Asia. Because the Indonesian team won the SEA Games gold medal after beating Malaysia at the Senayan Stadium. This gold medal achieved the first gold medal for Indonesia from the Soccer’s branch, in their history of participation in the Southeast Asian Games.
The Boys of 1987 made it to the final after successfully passing Thailand and Brunei Darussalam in the group stage, with each score 0-0 and 2-0. After that, Myanmar’s turn was successfully faced with a convincing 4-1 score in the semifinals.
In the final, a repeat of the 1979 SEA Games final which won by the visitors. But this time, it was the turn of Bertje Matulapelwa’s boys who took home the gold medal. The anticipated goal comes through Ribut Waidi in the 91st minute after an individual action by deceiving and passing the defense of the opposing team.
This goal made about 120,000 spectators who attended immediately jumped happily. Of course, this goal also welcomed by millions of pairs of eyes watching the game on television.