An Indonesian football fan Hendri Mulyadi took matters of his country's national team into his own hands- and feet- when he grabbed the ball from Oman's half, went on a run dribbling and when he reached the 18 yard area gave it a whack of a shot which was unfortunately, stopped by the Omani keeper.
In an interview with reporters, Mr. Mulyadi 25, through an interpreter said he was disappointed by his country's poor performance in the on going Asian Cup tournament.
"they never seem to win, it's either a lose or draw" he said. " as a die hard fan and with a little inspiration from the English , i decided to take matters into my own two hands...and feet" he added.
Mulyadi immediately became a superstar to his country men and women and an immediate media sensation who described him as the 12th player.
..poor finishing but the dribbling was quite impressive
"This young man's efforts to save our face and keep our heads held high are very commendable" said a respected football commentator Pak Abdiwahid Chahaya in a popular radio sports programme. " i strongly recommend the Persatuan Sepak bola Seruluh Indonesia PSS [Football Association of Indonesia] should look into giving this valiant young man some recognition in monetary terms" he added
Officials from the football association said they won't be giving any money to anyone but admitted the board was considering another proposal, of letting Hendri watch any remaining Indonesia matches free of charge of any gate fees under close supervision.
"But he will have to pay for his own Popcorn, Getuk Lindri[sweetened and coloured Cassava paste] and soda" said an official
Not everybody was happy with the way things had turned out much less the Omani side. Even though they ended up winning 2-1 they said they will be filing a complaint to Asian Cup accusing Henri of head butting the player he tackled before snatching and running away with the ball, allegations Henri denies.
The Indonesia Society for Fair Play a non-profit advocating fair play in popular sports like football and Badminton and some officials of Liga Indonesia, the country's Premier League condemned the act too.
" It is small, spontaneous acts like these which eventually give rise to full scale hooliganism and cheating which drive a honorable,gentlemanly game like football into disrepute. Shame on the 12th player" said an angry ISFP official.
" But i have to admit i admired the lads dribbling skills, he could make a good winger" he added at the end presuming the microphone was off.
In the evening news on national tv, TVRI, the President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was hosting the new Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini as a state guest. Details of their closed door meeting and overall visit were not immediately clear at the time of reporting.