Indonesia U-20 Challenges Uzbekistan, Shin Tae-yong: This is the Hardest!


The U-20 Indonesian national team will face a difficult match against U-20 Uzbekistan /Photo/PSSI

FERGANA – Coach of the U-20 Indonesian National Team Shin Tae-yong admitted that the match against Uzbekistan U-20 would be the most difficult in the Group A qualification for the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup. However, the tactician from South Korea emphasized that his troops were not afraid despite being terrorized host public.

The U-20 Indonesian national team played the final match of Group A against Uzbekistan at the Istiqlol Stadium, Fergana, Tuesday (7/3/2023) evening WIB. This will be a life-and-death match for the U-20 Indonesian National Team.

Indonesia is ranked 3rd in Group A standings with three points. Iraq, which also has three points, is in second place because of its head-to-head lead over Indonesia. While Uzbekitan topped the standings with 6 points. Syria, which swallowed two defeats in a distended position. Group A’s final match will be exciting because three teams have the chance to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Ahead of the match against Uzbekistan, Shin Tae-yong asked for the full support of the Indonesian people. “We did not perform well in the first match of the Asian Cup (U-20) against Iraq. However, the result was good against Syria,” said Shin in Fergana, quoted on Tuesday (7/3/2023).

“Against Uzbekistan in the third match (group phase). Against Uzbekistan is the most difficult, but ask for support from Indonesian football fans so they can get a win,” he continued.

Shin Tae-yong revealed the condition of his troops who were ready for battle. Victory against Syria became a capital of enthusiasm against Uzbekistan. Various preparations were also being completed so that the troops were ready to cope with the host’s pressure. “Preparation against Uzbekistan is maximal.”

The former coach of the South Korean national team hopes that the Garuda Nusantara squad – nicknamed the U-20 Indonesian National Team – will not experience fatigue because they have to change venues against Uzbeksitan. Indonesia must depart from Tashkent to Fergana for the match later. The U-20 Indonesian National Team traveled approximately 315 kilometers.


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