For information, some of the requirements for players to be naturalized according to FIFA rules are:
1. Players born in the country concerned
2. One of the players’ biological parents was born in that country
3. The player’s grandparents were born in that country
4. The player has never played for the senior national team of another country on FIFA matchday
5. The player has lived in the country for five years, starting at the age of 18 years old
With the rules for naturalization of players according to the FIFA standards above, then in fact, PSSI actually violates the rules for naturalization of FIFA football players. This must also be in accordance with the nationality of the country. If the country allows a citizen to have 2 passports, then this is not a problem.
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However, Indonesia does not have a dual citizenship policy, which requires a player to choose a nationality. If he relinquishes his old citizenship, then he can only become an Indonesian citizen and have an Indonesian passport. This makes players who will be naturalized must choose the best for themselves.
If we learn from Malaysia, which has many naturalized players, then PSSI should have solved this naturalization problem properly. Several naturalized Malaysian players such as Loridin Krasniqi and Mahamadou Sumareh have become citizens after 5 years living in Malaysia. This is in accordance with FIFA rules.
Sumareh and Krasniqi have even received calls to the Malaysian national team. In fact, Sumareh has already scored his first goal for the Malaysian national team. This can certainly be a lesson for PSSI to improve in terms of player naturalization.
For case Sandy Walsh , it’s a bit difficult when you have to include the requirement that you have to live in Indonesia for 5 years before you can get an Indonesian passport. Because Sandy Walsh also has a good career in Europe which of course would be a shame if he had to move to Indonesia to defend the Indonesian national team. In fact, Sandy Walsh is now a core player at his current club KV Mechelen.