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Jakarta Post

Indonesia reaches AFC U-19 finals

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru
    Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 11, 2019   /   10:41 am
Indonesia reaches AFC U-19 finals Savior: Bagus Kahfi (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during Sunday's qualifier against North Korea at Gelora Bung Karno stadium. (The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of PSSI)

The Indonesian U-19 soccer team has secured a spot in the 2020 AFC U-19 finals after a match against North Korea ended 1-1 at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

Indonesia’s Bagus Kahfi scored the team’s only goal after Kim Kwang Chong made a goal for the opponent.

The match saw both teams attempting to break the others’ defense. Indonesian coach Fakhri Husaini replaced some of the players, substituting Supriadi and Brylian Aldama for the seemingly exhausted Serdy and Theo Numberi as reported by

Indonesia will compete in the finals, which will be held in Uzbekistan in October next year, after securing 7 points in two victories and one draw. Besides Indonesia,  the other qualifying teams are Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam.

However, the Indonesian squad is likely to continue its journey without coach Fakhri as he announced his resignation after the match.

Fakhri said he would return to work in Bontang, East Kalimantan. He said he hoped the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) would hire a local coach to replace him. 

“Don’t underestimate local coaches. No one understands Indonesian players like local coaches," he said.