Technical Director of the Federation Football Indonesia (PSSI) Indra Sjafri has just made moves to return to lead the U.23 national team.
Mr. Indra Sjafri is the leader of U.22 Indonesia’s national team, which lost to U.22 Vietnam Coach Park Hang-seo with the score 0-3 in the men’s soccer final SEA Games 2019 in the Philippines. After this tournament, Mr. Indra Sjafri (Indonesian) was replaced by coach Shin Tae-yong and took the position of technical director of PSSI.
Coach Indra Sjafri has just made moves about returning to lead the Indonesian U.23 team
However, this 56-year-old military leader has just made moves that he will concurrently hold the position of coach of the Indonesian U.23 team. According to the sheet Suara, Mr. Indra Sjafri has just displayed the words “Indonesia U.23 team coach” on his Instagram account bio. This has raised the possibility that he will replace Shin Tae-yong after PSSI president Mochamad Iriawan just made a proposal. withdrawing the role of leading the U.23 team and the country to help the Korean leader focus on the U.19 team to prepare for the next year’s U.20 World Cup at home.
“Actually we wanted him (Shin Tae-yong) to focus especially on World U.20 from the moment he signed his first contract. But Shin Tae-yong wanted to lead the teams at the same time, I asked. Why? He wants to see progress from grassroots level to senior level. Now maybe I think we’re stuck with three teams, we’ll talk,” Mr. Iriawan said. The above topic will be decided in a meeting between PSSI and Shin Tae-yong after the Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers.
Coach Shin Tae-yong may be withdrawn from the role of leading the U.23 team and the Indonesian national team to focus on this country’s U.19 team.
In the midst of this debate, there are rumors that Indra Sjafri will run the Indonesia U.23 team as the strategist has listed the new information in his Instagram bio. In Indra Sjafri’s Instagram bio edited on 9/6, Mr. Indra Sjafri introduced as coach of Indonesia U.23 team, technical director of PSSI and member of AFC Technical Committee.
According to the sheet Suaraalthough it is not yet officially known whether Indra Sjafri is certain replacing Shin Tae-yong to lead the Indonesian U.23 army or not, but PSSI wants the 52-year-old Korean leader to focus with the Indonesian team in the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers, where they have just made an impression when they beat host country Kuwait 2-1 in the first round of the group stage.
Before that, the Indonesian press even proposed three Korean candidates who could replace coach Shin Tae-yong to lead the country’s national team. These are Mr. Park Hang-seo (who will expire at the end of his contract to lead the Vietnam team in January 2023), Kim Hak-bum (who leads the Korean U.23 team to win the 2018 ASIAD men’s football gold medal) and Jeon Kyung-jun , former assistant to coach Shin Tae-yong in the Korean team.