Jakarta (threeriversburghblog) – The Indonesian U-19 national team is currently losing two of their flagship players, Witan Sulaeman and Elkan Baggott, as they need to strengthen their respective clubs.
“Witan will return to his club on October 15, 2020, Elkan on October 24, 2020,” said U-19 national coach Shin Tae-yong, who was quoted on Wednesday by the PSSI TV YouTube channel in Jakarta.
The friendly against North Macedonia in Croatia on Wednesday (October 14th) was Witan’s last game before he played again for the Serbian league club FK Radnic Surdulica.
Elkan Baggott, who comes from the English club Ipswich Town, can strengthen the U-19 national team until the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday (23 October).
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Witan’s absence would be a huge loss for the U-19 national team as he had never missed nine games in Croatia before.
Of the nine games, Witan, who often operates on the right wing, scored three and two goals help to help the U-19 national team win four wins and two draws.
The goal record is temporarily the highest in the U-19 national team.
On the other hand, Witan’s absence gave coach Shin Tae-yong the opportunity to experiment with tactics. Shin certainly doesn’t want the U-19 national team to rely on just one or two players.
Meanwhile, Elkan Baggott immediately showed an attractive performance when he made his debut against the U-19 national team against North Macedonia on Sunday (October 11th).
His performance in the center-back position was praised by Shin, who found Elkan able to adapt quickly and read the game well. Its size of 194 centimeters is also considered an advantage for the U-19 national team.
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The U-19 national team has been in Croatia since the end of August 2020 to undergo a training camp (TC).
During the TC in Croatia, the U-19 national team completed nine auditions with four wins, two draws and three defeats.
The U-19 national team TC is preparing for the U-19 Asian Cup, which is to take place in Uzbekistan in early 2021.
After the U-19 Asian Cup, the U-19 national team is expected to take part in the 2021 U-20 World Cup, which will take place in Indonesia from May 20 to June 12, 2021.
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