A total of 9 Indonesian U-23 national team players who have the potential to be dropped from the 2021 SEA Games squad will be discussed in this article. The coach of the U-23 Indonesian national team, Shin Tae-yong, called 29 names to undergo a training camp in South Korea ahead of the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam on May 6-22 2022.
Of the 29 names called, six of them did not attend. They are players who play abroad such as Egy Maulana Vikri, Witan Sulaeman, Elkan Baggott, Pratama Arhan and Saddil Ramdani. Meanwhile, another name is Ramai Rumakiek, who is currently recovering from an injury in Jakarta.
Asnawi Mangkualam, the only player abroad who participated in the U-23 Indonesian National Team training camp in South Korea)
The only overseas player who came to the training camp was Asnawi Mangkualam. He also performed as a starter when the U-23 Indonesian National Team lost 2-3 to Daejeon Hana Citizen, Wednesday (27/4/2022) afternoon WIB.
In the near future, coach Shin Tae-yong will announce the 20 names brought to the 2021 SEA Games. This means that 9 players will be dropped. Who are the potential players to be dropped?
Here are 9 Indonesian U-23 national team players who have the potential to be dropped from the 2021 SEA Games squad:
9. Primary Arhan (Left Fullback, Tokyo Verdy)
Primary Arhan was almost certainly dropped. The reason is because the club, Tokyo Verdy, does not want to let go of the player, considering that the 2021 SEA Games is not on FIFA’s agenda.
8. AdiSatryo (Goalkeeper, Persik Kediri)
Persik Kediri’s goalkeeper was unable to compete with three other goalkeepers, namely Muhammad Riyandi, Ernando Ari and Andhika Ramadhani.
7. Cahya Supriadi (Goalkeeper, Persija Jakarta)
Cahya Supriadi was called to the U-23 Indonesian national team training camp to gain experience. Just to note, he just had a training camp with the U-19 Indonesian National Team in South Korea.
6. Kakang Rudianto (Defender, Persib Bandung)
Just like Cahya Supriadi, Kakang Rudianto was called to seek mere experience. Because, at the center back position of the U-23 Indonesian National Team, there are well-known names such as Alfeandra Dewangga, Rizky Ridho, Elkan Baggott (if present) to senior player Fachruddin Aryanto.
5. Muhammad Ferrari (Defender, Persija Jakarta)
Like Kakang and Cahya, Mhammad Ferrari is an Indonesian U-19 national team player who recently held a training camp in South Korea. However, he did not go home immediately, but first trained with his brothers in the U-23 squad.
4. Braif Fatari (Midfielder, Persija Jakarta)
Braif Fatari usually operates as an attacking midfielder. However, in that position the U-23 Indonesian National Team has top-notch players such as Marselino Ferdinand, Ricky Kambuaya to Egy Maulana Vikri.
3. Koko Ari (Right Fullback, Persebaya Surabaya)
Koko Ari allegedly lost to a row of right fullbacks for the U-23 Indonesian National Team, namely Asnawi Mangkualam and Bagas Kaffa. Not to mention there is Rio Fahmi who can be played as a right and left fullback.
2. Saddil Ramdani (Winger, Sabah FC)
Saddil Ramdani has the potential to be expelled not because of his quality, but because it is difficult to get the blessing of the club currently playing in the Malaysian League, Sabah FC. It is true that a number of Malaysian League clubs have had schedule changes, but not Saddil Ramdani’s club.
1. Irfan Jaya (Winger, Bali United)
Irfan Jaya was the top scorer for the U-23 Indonesian National Team during the training camp in South Korea with a collection of two goals. However, Irfan Jaya has the potential to be dropped due to the problem of the senior player quota.
For your information, all teams are only allowed to bring three senior players, or those who are over 23 years of age, to the 2021 SEA Games. Shin Tae-yong is predicted to register the three slots for Fachruddin, Kambuaya and Klok.
The consideration for removing Irfan Jaya is because the U-23 Indonesian National Team has a myriad of wingers such as Egy Maulana Vikri, Witan Sulaeman, Irfan Jauhari, Ramai Rumakiek to Ronaldo Kwateh. One thing is for sure, this is just a calculation on paper, the decision is definitely in Shin Tae-yong’s hands.