Indonesian U-16 national team player Arkhan Kaka Putra Purwanto (left) fights for the ball with Vietnam U-16 national team players at Maguwoharjo Stadium, Depok, Sleman, DI Yogyakarta, Saturday (6/7/2022). BETWEEN PHOTOS/Andreas Fitri Atmoko/rwa.
As is known, since it was first held, Indonesia has only tasted the AFF U-16 Cup title once. The only trophy for the U-16 category tournament between Southeast Asian countries was obtained in the 2018 edition.
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At that time, under Fakhri Husaini’s concoction, the Garuda Muda Troops defeated Thailand through a penalty shootout which ended with a score of 4-3 at the Gelora Delta Stadium in Sidoarjo, East Java. Amazingly, they won without a single loss.
In the 2022 AFF U-16 Cup, Muhammad Iqbal Gwijangge and colleagues again brought Indonesia to the final. They will face the Vietnam U-16 national team in the final match which will take place on Friday (12/8/2022) at 20.00 WIB at the Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman, Yogyakarta.
Therefore, the Milky Way has the ambition to repeat sweet memories this year. According to him, the title in 2018 was a motivation for his men to beat Vietnam in their own country.
“The victory (in 2018) will be a separate motivation for us. Hopefully we can repeat the victory again this year,” said Bima Sakti as quoted from the official PSSI website, Friday (12/8/2022).
The Red-White Team also brought good capital to face The Golden Star – Vietnam’s nickname- in the final. Because, in the last match of Group A last week, they managed to beat Nguyen Quoc Tuan’s fleet with a score of 2-1.
Nevertheless, the Milky Way did not want its fleet to be pleased with the victory. He wants Indonesia to stay focused and not make their own mistakes in order to win in order to present the 2022 AFF U-16 Cup title as an independence anniversary gift.