Suara.com – You could say that the U-17 Indonesian National Team is lucky to appear as a participant in the 2023 U-17 World Cup with host status. In fact, the poor performance of the Red and White team under the guidance of Bima Sakti was completely criticized by Vietnam.
Just to remember, the Indonesian U-17 National Team can appear in the 2023 U-17 World Cup after FIFA revoked Peru’s host status. The highest football authority in the world decided to choose Indonesia as his replacement.
Automatically, the home team has the advantage of appearing in the championship without having to fight through the qualifying rounds. Different from other teams who have to work hard to get tickets to the U-17 World Cup.
Indonesian U-17 National Team players undergo training ahead of the U-17 World Cup at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, Newsdelivers.com, Monday (30/10/2023) (ANTARA/Mario Sofia Nasution)
Before being confirmed as hosts, the U-17 Indonesian National Team was part of the participants competing for tickets to the U-17 World Cup. The results are far from satisfactory.
The Indonesian U-17 national team has been eliminated in the qualifying round for the U-17 Asian Cup on 1-9 October 2022, which is the starting gate to the World Cup. As is known, the four teams that can advance to the semifinals in the U-17 Asian Cup finals, namely Japan, South Korea, Uzbekistan and Iran, are entitled to the U-17 World Cup.
Coach Bima Sakti failed to take the Indonesian U-17 National Team to the final round after finishing in runner-up position in Group B behind Malaysia. Appearing superior, however, Arkhan Kaka and his friends were defeated by Malaysia 1-5 in the final match.
Because of this, the Vietnamese media, TheThao247, made a satire. They said that the Indonesian U-17 National Team played a bad game before the 2023 U-17 World Cup.
“Indonesia is the only representative from Southeast Asia who will participate in the 2023 U-17 World Cup with tournament host status,” wrote TheThao as reported on Tuesday (31/10/2023).
“In fact, initially Indonesia performed very poorly and did not qualify for the 2023 U-17 Asian Cup to compete for tickets to the World Cup, but they were chosen as a replacement for Peru as host. The Asian region has five representatives, namely Japan, South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan , and Indonesia,” he continued.
The 2023 U-17 World Cup will take place from 10 November to 2 December. The Indonesian U-17 national team is in Group A with Morocco, Ecuador and Panama.