Indonesia’s Boys in Red may not have qualified for the World Cup, but the Java-based company has made a name for itself by manufacturing official match balls as souvenirs of the tournament. Al Rihla memorabilia, the official football of Qatar 2022, is manufactured by PT Global Way in Madiun Regency, East Java. The local sporting goods maker opened his factory in 2019 and employs more than 2,000 people, according to the company’s website. Madiun Regent Ahmad Dawami said football is a source of pride for the region and has given the region’s economy a much-needed boost since 2020. He had overwhelming pride. The factory has been immense for us,” Dawami told Al Jazeera. Al Rihla, which means ‘journey’ in Arabic, is made in partnership with Adidas. PT Global Way also works with PUMA, UHLsport, and Mizuno to manufacture sporting goods that are exported worldwide.
Dawami said the factory has produced one million commemorative soccer balls for him and will be shipped to Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates as part of his World Cup celebrations. I plan to Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs advocated exporting soccer balls, saying it would give East Javanese people the chance to “be part of the global economic resonance”. East Java is known as the center of commerce, accounting for more than 15% of Indonesia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) according to government statistics. But while East Java has always been known for big industries such as shipbuilding, paper, and cement manufacturing, Dawami said the pandemic has raised fears of an economic slowdown and widespread job losses.
Mr. Indoro said that in recent years, the Indonesian government has been working hard to market Indonesian products all over the world to compete with its regional counterparts such as Vietnam and China and that the World Cup will see Indonesia exhibit its products. “We have a quality line of clothing that is as good as any other brand, and that makes us very proud,” he added. Indonesia’s national team now needs to build on the country’s sportswear success to take to the pitch at the next World Cup in 2026, which will be held in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. have not qualified for the Games since winning independence, and have only competed once under the Dutch East Indies flag in 1938. “As a fan, I hope this will continue to inspire the national team’s performances in the future,” he said.