Indonesian Soccer Team is still in the middle of a title, especially in the AFF Cup event. Since its first implementation in 1996 Indonesia has never raised the championship trophy between countries in the Southeast Asia region.
Indonesia, meanwhile, only has to be satisfied with the title of the runner up team specialist. This is reflected by the frequent occurrence of the Garuda Forces who only occupy the second place in the biennial event. Of the 11 national teams participating in the AFF Cup, five of them became runners-up.
This ranking was last achieved by Indonesia in 2016, after the national team was defeated by Thailand with an aggregate 3-2.
Right now, National Team goalkeeper Andritany Ardhiyasa admits that he is very challenged to be able to break the ‘curse’. He is optimistic that this year, Indonesia can become the champion in the AFF Cup 2018.
“Preparation from me and the team as usual, we want to target for the champions.”Our preparation is very good during the trial, there is convincing progress,” said the goalkeeper who also strengthened the Persija Jakarta club, as quoted from tribunnews.com.
The goal keeper who also competed in the Asian Games 2018 admitted that his experience of having experienced the AFF atmosphere in 2016 would be very beneficial and he would share it with colleagues who had never played in this event.
“I once felt the atmosphere of AFF, even though it only has a reserve status. I will bring this team to the championship, after being runners-up for five times, “he continued.
Regarding competition, Andritany reveals that Indonesia is now in the best performance. So that the rewards of a team like Vietnam and Thailand will be worth passing, as long as the team wants to work hard and focus.
“Competition in ASEAN is still the same, unchanged. Traditional forces like Vietnam and Thailand will still be dangerous. Moreover, Vietnam last year was the Asian Cup finalist. But I am optimistic about the Indonesian team this year, they are amazing. Insha Allah we will be able to win, “concluded the 26-year-old goalkeeper.
AFF 2018 Cup, will begin on November 9th – December 15th, 2018. Indonesia will join in group B with Timor Leste, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.