U-17 national team coach says three players will be naturalized

U-17 national team coach says three players will be naturalized
U-17 and U-20 national coach Ahmad Zaki Iskandar (ANTARA/RAUF ADIPATI).

MANAGER of the U-17 and U-20 national teams, Ahmad Zaki Iskandar, said that PSSI would seek to naturalize three diaspora players, who previously played for the U-20 national team in the Touloun Cup in June.

“The three names we mentioned yesterday, Jens Raven, were already there, these are outside. There is Tim, then there is Hinoke Mauresmo, and another one is Dion. That is the one who is recommended to be introduced,” Ahmad said, quoted by BetweenWednesday (10/7).

“The development is to let them have a career in the Netherlands, or in their respective leagues, because that is increasingly better for them,” he added.

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The three players are Tim Henri Victor Geypens, Hinoke Mauresmo Johannes and Dion Markx. All three of them participated in the defence of the Garuda Muda team in the Touloun Cup.

Meanwhile, Raven went through the naturalization process last June and his citizenship transfer was approved by Commissions III and X of the DPR RI.

In addition to the three plus Raven, there are two other names of diaspora players who will appear in the 2024 Touloun Cup, namely Welber Jardim and Sven Yvel.

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However, Ahmad stressed that the three players will not necessarily be able to appear in the 2025 U-20 Asian Cup qualifiers, which will take place from September 25 to 29, 2024.

“Later we will see what the process of Indonesian citizenship looks like. Because time is running out, the documents must be filled out and all the requirements must be met,” Ahmad said.

The Indonesian U-20 national team will be in Group F at the 2025 U-20 Asian Cup qualifiers, along with Maldives, East Timor and Yemen. The qualifying event will be held in Jakarta. (Z-6)

Budi Ernanto

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