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Indonesia coach has difficulty preparing for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Indonesia coach has difficulty preparing for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Mr. Simon McMenemy hopes to summon a good group of footballers from the Indonesia Championship (Liga 1), for the first two matches against Malaysia and Thailand.

"I want the players to prepare well for the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but not simply," said coach Simon McMenemy on July 18th.

"At the beginning of the year, I met the club coaches in Liga 1, presenting the Indonesian team's preparations for the World Cup qualifiers. Thailand and Malaysia will be better prepared than us, by the national championship. Theirs is almost finished".

1 Liga this season lasts until December 22th, while Thai League ends on October 27th, while Malaysia Super League will close the curtain on July 21th. In the past, the Indonesian team often did not summon the best players, when some clubs refused to release troops. According to FIFA rules, the international series usually takes less than two weeks. In particular, teams only have a few days to prepare for the first match.

Indonesia is located in the group 5 before the draw on July 17th. They are on the same table as the UAE, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. Coach McMenemy did not set a high goal in the qualifiers. "This is just a World Cup qualifier, not a final round, so everything can happen. We hope can be a source of inspiration for younger generations of players, from U23 to U19 and U16 Indonesia", The Scottish coach insisted.

Indonesia coach has difficulty preparing for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Indonesia is home to the first two games against Malaysia (September 5th) and Thailand (September 10th). In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, they were banned from FIFA by FIFA to allow the government to intervene deeply in football. "If we win the first two games, we will prove to our fans that the Indonesian team has really come back", McMenemy added.