JAKARTA – PSSI must be careful and fast in processing Chow-Yun Damanik’s naturalization. Because the defensive midfielder is apparently also interested in the Swiss national team.
This was conveyed by PSSI Executive Committee (Exco) member Arya Sinulingga when talking with the Indonesian U-17 National Team coach, Bima Sakti. Arya obtained information regarding the Swiss national team’s interest in Chow through his agent.
“Even the agent talked to me too, he said, ‘You have to take this, otherwise you will take it from Switzerland’,” said Arya, imitating the sentence conveyed by the agent, quoted by Free ID Podcast, Sunday (26/11/2023).
Arya hopes that Chow will continue to choose the Indonesian National Team as a place to pursue a career at international level. Moreover, Chow is a European class player whose quality cannot be doubted.
“Yes, we also know, that’s why we hope that it won’t (be taken by Switzerland),” added Arya Sinulingga.
Chow was previously projected to defend the Indonesian U-17 National Team in the 2023 U-17 World Cup. Yes, this 16 year old player is one of three diaspora players chosen by Bima Sakti alongside Welber Halim Jardim and Amar Brkic.
However, this hampered the administrative process of making a passport. Proof is needed that the mother gave birth to Chow while still having the status of an Indonesian citizen (WNI).
The reason is that Chow’s mother has now given up her Indonesian citizen status. PSSI failed to obtain documents proving that the mother was still an Indonesian citizen when she gave birth to Chow.
Chow was only able to defend the Indonesian national team after undergoing a special naturalization process, as had been done by his seniors such as Jordi Amat, Sandy Walsh, Shayne Pattynama, Rafael Struick and Ivar Jenner. However, the naturalization process can only begin if the subject is 18 years old.