JAKARTA - Burundi striker, Saido Berahino, admitted that he could not wait to appear on FIFA Matchday against the Indonesian national team, Saturday, March 25. He was wary of one of Garuda's squad players, Jordi Amat.
"I think I'm wary of defenders in Indonesia. I forgot his name but he played in Swansea," Saido Berahino said at a press conference ahead of the match at the Sultan Hotel, Central Jakarta on Friday, March 24.
Saido Berahino's statement refers to Jordi Amat. The reason is, this 31-year-old player did have Swansea uniforms.
He then shared the experience of meeting Jordi Amat in the Premier League. At that time, Berahino was still defending West Bromwich Albion FC and Jordi Amat was still in Swansea City uniform.
"I played with him (Jordi Amat) when he was very young at the age of 21 or 22 years," said Berahino.
Berahino admitted that he had pocketed the potential of the squad made by Shin Tae-yong. This information was obtained by Berahino through his colleague at the Belgian club who is also an Indonesian national team player, Sandy Walsh.
"Sandy (Walsh) has told me about the Indonesian national team and the quality, the coach the national team (Indonesia) has," he said.
"So I can't wait to face the challenges in the match later," said Berahino.
Berahino and Sandy Walsh have played together at Zulte Weregem, the team that featured in the Jupiler Pro League, the highest caste of the Belgian League. Unfortunately, the two players will not meet in the FIFA Matchday match because Sandy Walsh is injured.
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