In recent years, Indonesia has shown great ambition by developing the national championship as well as finding and attracting quality naturalized players to play for the national team.
Even, according to the island’s media, right now, they can put on the field a squad full of naturalized players. However, for the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI), that is still not enough. A few hours ago, on his personal social network account, PSSI president Erick Thohir confirmed the success of convincing Ragnar Oratmangoen to join Tim Garuda’s naturalization army.
“Welcome to Indonesia, Ragnar Oratmangoen! Ragnar, who plays at the highest level in the Dutch Eredivisie with Fortuna Sittard, pledges to defend Merah Putih [biệt danh khác của ĐT Indonesia]. Hopefully Ragnar can contribute to Indonesian football,” said the PSSI head’s post.
The appearance of Ragnar Oratmangoen is considered a big boost for the Indonesian team. They previously confirmed that they were about to complete the naturalization procedures for three other names, Jay Idzes, Nathan Tjoe-A-On and Justin Hubner. Right at that time, Mr. Erick Thohir announced that there would be two more quality strikers promoted to join Tim Garuda, but did not announce their identities.
Ragnar Oratmangoen is currently 25 years old, playing mainly on the left wing. However, the player being loaned by FC Groningen can also play as an attacking midfielder or central midfielder. In fact, Ragnar Oratmangoen was nominated by coach Shin Tae-yong in 2021, but at that time PSSI could not successfully convince the striker born in 1998.
The Indonesian team will start their campaign in Group F of the second qualifying round of the 2026 World Cup in Asia by welcoming Iraq at home at 9:45 p.m. tonight, November 16.
Nam Thanh | 17:00 November 16, 2023