“I ask for help. Hope the friendly match between Indonesia and Argentina can happen. Don’t just talk,” coach Shin Tae-yong told the press on March 20 at PTIK Stadium (Jakarta).
Last week, PSSI Vice President Zainudin Amali said that they are contacting a number of football federations to find opponents for the Indonesian team to play friendly games, including Argentina, which has just won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This information immediately made Indonesian fans excited.
Recently, PSSI President Erick Thohir revealed: “We have negotiated with 3-4 football federations. Besides Palestine, there will be other teams to play friendly but I can’t disclose at this time because no agreement has been reached.”
Meanwhile, coach Shin Tae-yong expressed dissatisfaction when the Indonesian team was about to play two friendly matches against Burundi this month. The Burundi team is not the team that coach Shin Tae-yong wants his students to face during FIFA Days because the African team ranks 141st in the FIFA rankings. Currently, the team of thousands of islands is ranked 151st in the world.
“Regarding the Burundi national team, to be honest I don’t know what kind of team they are. Tomorrow we will analyze our competitors. I asked to find an opponent ranked between 80-100 on the FIFA rankings. However, the search for a friendly team was not satisfactory and in the end, the Burundi team was invited, “said coach Shin Tae-yong.
In February, Mr. Shin Tae-yong said that he wanted the Indonesian team to meet the teams with high rankings on the FIFA rankings to help the team of thousands of islands have a chance to improve their position. Last September, the Indonesian team won two friendly matches against the world’s 84th-ranked team Curacao.
Nguyen Son | 16:22 March 21, 2023