Suara.com – The Indonesian national team will face Brunei Darussalam in the First Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asia Zone.
This first round match consists of two matches which will be held on 12 and 17 October 2023. The Indonesian national team will host the first match.
The Gelora Sriwijaya Jakabaring Stadium will be used as the home venue for the Indonesian National Team, followed by an away match to Brunei Darussalam five days later. The Indonesian national team is ranked 147th in FIFA.
The Indonesian national team has a great opportunity to gain valuable points against Brunei Darussalam in the World Cup Qualifications.
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FIFA awards more points for Qualifying matches than trials. With one win, the Indonesian National Team can get around 8.66 points, and with two wins, they can collect 17.32 points.
If all the teams above them do not change their rankings, the Indonesian national team could rise three places in the FIFA rankings to around 1070.19 points.
The Indonesian national team has the potential to surpass St. Petersburg’s FIFA ranking. St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, and Eswatini.
If the teams above them achieve bad results on FIFA Matchday October 2023, the Indonesian National Team could skyrocket.
In fact, they could replace Lithuania (ranked 143) if Lithuania experiences difficulties in the 2024 European Cup Qualifiers against Hungary and Bulgaria.
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However, the Indonesian national team needs to be careful because defeat against Brunei Darussalam could result in a significant drop in the FIFA ranking, around 16.34 points lower.