AFF Cup Starts, Shin Tae Yong: It's Time For Indonesia To Champion!
Shin Tae-yong (Photo: Antara)

JAKARTA The coach of the Indonesian national team Shin Tae Yong said it was time for the Garuda squad to come out as the winner of this year's AFF Cup.

The Southeast Asian competition began today, Tuesday, December 20. Indonesia will try to find the first title of the Southeast Asian competition.

"The current target should be champions," said the South Korean tactician while leading the training for the Indonesian national team at the Bung Karno Main Stadium, Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

Indonesia will start its journey in the competition against Cambodia on Friday, December 23. It is one of two home matches that will be played by the Garuda squad.

Apart from fighting Cambodia, Shin Tae Yong's troops will also face Thailand at home. The two aways are against the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam.

Shin said the first match could be a difficult test for Indonesia. The reason is, after the tragedy of Kanjuruhan, players did not play in league competitions.

"Moreover, there is no trial at all against anyone. So of course the performance will decrease, but physically it has increased. However, if you can show training in the field, there will be no problem," he said.

Currently, Indonesia is looking for the first title in the competition which has been held since 1996. The total Red and White team has reached the final round six times.

However, of the six occasions, Indonesia has always failed to climb the highest podium, including the last edition of 2020. Meanwhile, Indonesia felt five other runners up in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, and 2016 editions.

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