The coach of the Indonesian U-16 national team, the Bima Sakti, did not want to be engrossed in the euphoria of winning the 2022 AFF U-16 Cup. The former national player shifted his target to face the 2023 U-17 Asian Cup qualification on 1-9 October 2022.
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Well, before going to the 2023 U-17 World Cup, the U-16 Indonesian national team must qualify for the U-17 Asian Cup. Bima Sakti also prepared his troops to focus on facing competition in the U-17 Asian Cup Qualification.
“After the 2022 U-16 AFF Cup, we focus on qualifying for the 2023 U-17 Asian Cup. This is the first step to qualify for the 2023 U-17 World Cup. I hope that the entire team has thorough preparations towards a big goal,” said Bima Sakti.
The plan is that the training center for the U-16 Indonesian National Team will remain in Jogjakarta. Indonesia will host the 2023 U-17 Asian Cup qualifiers, where they will face Palestine, Malaysia, Guam and the United Arab Emirates.
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However, the venue for the U-17 2023 Asian Cup qualifying match has not been determined by PSSI. In order to qualify for the 2023 U-17 World Cup in Peru, the U-16 Indonesian national team must qualify for the 2023 U-17 Asian Cup by penetrating the semifinals to automatically qualify for the 2023 U-17 World Cup.
Indonesia has never appeared in the U-17 World Cup during the history of the founding of PSSI. The opportunity is open with the opportunity for Indonesia to host the U-17 Asian Cup Qualification in Yogyakarta.