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U-20 Indonesian National Team, The progress of the U-20 national team in the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup which took place in Uzbekistan, finally stopped in the group phase. The certainty of failure for Shin Tae-yong\’s squad to advance to the next phase after only being able to hold the hosts to a draw in the last match of Group A. In the last match, Ronaldo Kwateh et al drew 0-0 and made them pack 4 points. The U-20 Iraqi National Team earned the same points. It\’s just that Iraq is in the runner-up position and accompanies Uzbekistan to the next phase due to its superior goal difference compared to the U-20 Indonesian National Team .
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan scored 7 points and won the group. Failing to qualify, did not make the U-20 Indonesian National Team get a lot of criticism from netizens. On the other hand, netizens reacted more to support.
Playing in a 0-0 draw against Uzbekistan and failing to qualify from group A, there were netizens who immediately linked him to Manchester United. Coincidentally, MU just lost 7-0 humiliatingly against his eternal rival, Liverpool in the Premier League match. \”At least it\’s not 7-0,\” wrote an account named @ luviwww . Even the official PSSI Instagram account also commented.
For netizens, the struggles of the U-20 National Team players don\’t stop here. Because in 2 months, the U-20 World Cup is waiting. \”Not yet sustenance. We will fight back at the U20 World Cup with the best players,\” wrote an account named @dylanjan .
Against Uzbekistan, Ronaldo Kwateh became the player who received the most criticism from netizens. According to netizens, Ronaldo did not touch the ball too much in the second half. \”Ronaldo Kwateh almost 30 minutes in the second half, did not have time to touch the ball. Jogging left and right, without any attempt to grab the ball or at least help defend,\” wrote the account @ joni_naro .
They didn\’t even hesitate to ask Ronaldo not to be called up to the U-20 national team first. Netizens think that the former Madura United player is still underdeveloped. “For example, players like Kwateh should not be called first. Just let him develop first. Not fit to play in the national team. Constantly being called up but never contributing to the team, there are still many other players,\” wrote @ rafiandani17
The U-20 Indonesian national team is said to be holding a training camp (TC) in South Korea in the near future. The TC will be carried out as part of preparations for the 2023 U-20 World Cup. The U-20 Indonesian National Team failed to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup. This situation made Shin Tae-yong\’s troops immediately shift their focus to preparations for the 2023 U-20 World Cup.
Initially, the U-20 Indonesian National Team will carry out training camps abroad. However, the Technical Director of PSSI, Indra Sjafri, said that Shin Tae-yong changed the destination of TC to South Korea. \”I want a meeting tonight with Coach Shin. According to the initial road map, there will be a TC later, if I\’m not mistaken, the Dutch replacement, Coach Shin, wants to change to Korea,\” said Indra Sjafri in Jakarta, Wednesday (8/3/2023).
Indra Sjafri admitted that he did not know why Shin Tae-yong changed the aim of the U-20 Indonesian National Team TC . According to Indra Sjafri, South Korea also has a good place to hold TC. \”Specifically I don\’t know. However, in Korea it is good for improving physical condition,\” said Indra Sjafri. \”It has also been there for a month and the players are used to practicing there,\” said Indra Sjafri.
Indra Sjafri also claimed that his party had communicated with the club for the U-20 Indonesian National Team training camp abroad. This step was taken to avoid misunderstandings with the club. \”When you had discussions with League 2 and League 1, I had two things. First, as the U-22 coach for the formation of the SEA Games and as PSSI Director for FIFA matchday so that all players were released,\” said Indra Sjafri. \”However, if there is a FIFA matchday there is no reason for the club not to let go. It\’s an obligation,\” said the man from West Sumatra.
The journey of the U-20 Indonesian National Team in the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup ended after not being able to qualify for the quarter-finals. Coach Shin Tae-yong admitted that he would return the players to their respective clubs. The U-20 Indonesian national team was eliminated from the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup after only drawing 0-0 against Uzbekistan in the final match of Group A, Tuesday (7/3/2023). This result made the U-20 national team finish in third place in the final Group A standings with four points.
The U-20 Indonesian national team lost on goal difference to Iraq, which also has the same points, but is certain to qualify for the quarter-finals. Coach Shin Tae-yong hopes that by returning to the club the players can rest before preparations for the 2023 U-20 World Cup. \”After this, the players return to their respective clubs to rest,\” said Shin Tae-yong.
After being returned to the club, the players will be recalled to attend the U-20 Indonesian National Team training camp. However, coach Shin Tae-yong gave a signal that he would make a player change. \”Then we are preparing to undergo a training camp to welcome the U-20 World Cup which will take place in May. We will make a number of changes to the players,\” said Shin Tae-yong. The U-20 national team has more than two months to finalize preparations ahead of the 2023 U-20 World Cup. Reportedly, the training camp will be held abroad and will schedule several trial matches.
The goal productivity of the U-20 Indonesian National Team is still coach Shin Tae-yong\’s homework. Of the three Group A matches of the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup in Uzbekistan, only one goal was scored, namely through Hokky Caraka. The goal scored by Hokky Caraka occurred when the U-20 Indonesian national team won 1-0 over Syria in the second match of Group A for the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup. Meanwhile, against Iraq and Uzbekistan, the Garuda Nusantara Team failed to score a single goal.
Even though the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup will be a test for the U-20 Indonesian National Team before participating in the 2023 U-20 World Cup. From these statistics, it is clear that Garuda Nusantara\’s attack line is not yet fit to appear in the U-20 World Cup, considering that the opponent faced is certainly heavier than the Asian Cup. Actually, Hokky can be relied upon as a targetman. He has good skills and an eye for goal. Apart from that, there is still another striker, Rabani Tasnim. The Borneo FC striker also has good skills and composure.
Plus there are still names like Hugo Samir and Ronaldo Kwateh who have speed on the wings. However, the advantages of the players are not optimal. The question is, are the front lines of the U-20 Indonesian National Team qualified to appear at the U-20 World Cup? Moreover, this event will be held in Indonesia in May and June 2023. There are only two months left to make improvements. madisonsportsgroup reviews a number of issues that have prevented the potential of the U-20 Indonesian National Team from being seen.
Only one goal can be scored in the U-20 Asian Cup, the problem is not that the quality of the four players is not qualified. But because Indonesia received more attacks. So they focus on survival. In three matches, Shin Tae-yong\’s men only conceded two goals. Only Iraq tore Indonesia\’s goal twice. Meanwhile, Syria and host Uzbekistan were unable to score. When under pressure, almost all of the Indonesian players went down to their own area.
So Hokky Caraka et al. lack of supply of balls. Even the line of attackers several times went down to their own area. This condition makes them far from the opponent\’s goal. In addition, when making the transition from defense to attack, the flow of balls from the midfield is often anticipated by opponents. If the midfield can provide lots of mature ball supplies going forward, the performance of Hokky et al. can be maximized.
The absence of Marselino Ferdinan at the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup greatly affected Indonesia\’s sharpness. The former Persebaya Surabaya player usually provides a mature ball supply for the attacking ranks. The loss of Marselino made Arkhan Fikri\’s role as an attack regulator. The problem was, when Arkhan had difficulty penetrating the opponent\’s pressing , the flow of the ball going forward finally got stuck. This is what makes Hokky et al. minimal supply of balls. As for the passes that flowed forward, the majority of the balls were still raw. Only against Iraq did the U-20 Indonesian national team forwards have a golden opportunity several times. Unfortunately still wasted.
Pos Main Win Seri Lost Poin
1 Uzbekistan 3 2 1 0 7
2 Irak 3 1 1 1 4
3 Indonesia 3 1 1 1 4
4 Syria 3 0 1 2 1
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