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Jakarta Post

Indonesia faces Thailand in AFF U16 final

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 10, 2018   /   05:59 pm
Indonesia faces Thailand in AFF U16 final Indonesian Bagus Kahfi (left) celebrates after making a goal in an AFF Under-16 Championship soccer semifinal match against Malaysia at Delta Stadium in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Thursday. Indonesia won 1-0. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

Indonesia will have a final clash against three-time champion Thailand in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-16 Championships, which will be held at Delta Stadium in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Saturday.

Indonesia earned the final spot after beating Malaysia 1-0 in the semifinal round on Thursday evening, held also in the Delta stadium. Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Thailand defeated Myanmar 1-0 to advance.

The goal was made from a penalty kick by Bagus Kahfi in the 70th minute. The shot was given to the host team after Malaysian goalkeeper Abdul Alim fouled Supriadi.

Coach Fakhri Husaini said he was proud of the boys, who owned a tough match against the rival team.

“Praise to God, I’m really happy with the result. It was a tough match as I thought the Malaysian team would deploy an open play; they played good defense instead, and very solid,” Fakhri told Antara on Friday.