JAKARTA - The U-19 Indonesian National Team failed to pick up perfect points against Thailand in the third match of Group A of the U-19 AFF Cup, Wednesday, July 6. This unsatisfactory result was complemented by the injury of the mainstay player of the Garuda Muda squad, Marselino Ferdinand.
The player from Persebaya Surabaya suffered an injury at the end of the first half and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. His position was then replaced by Muhammad Ferrari.
The coach of the U-19 Indonesia national team, Shin Tae-yong, said that Marselino Ferdinand may be absent until the 2022 AFF U-19 Cup ends. That was after he saw the player's injury.
"I feel bad seeing Marselino's injury. It seems that he can no longer play in this tournament," Shin said at a press conference after the match, as quoted by Antara.
Shin admitted that he would check again regarding Marselino's injury. The coaching team must know what kind of situation the player is in, said Shin.
Marselino's absence made Shin rack his brains to devise a new strategy. Understandably, the 17-year-old player became an important pillar in the squad for the South Korean man.
Without the player who also strengthens the senior Indonesian national team, Shin admitted that his squad had difficulty developing and maintaining the organization of the game.
"I will think about replacing Marselino. We are focused on recovering for the match against the Philippines on Friday. I need time to think about our strategy and tactics without him," said Shin Tae-yong.
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