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Indonesia vs Thailand LIVE & preview: 2 naturalized stars cannot play for the host

Indonesia vs Thailand LIVE & preview: 2 naturalized stars cannot play for the host

Indonesian football fans have just received bad news when the national team has to bid farewell to two naturalized stars right before the opening match of Group G of the second round of the 2022 World Cup.

According to local media, after days of training at Bogor and having two quite positive test matches, Indonesian fans began to place expectations of the army of coach Simon McMenemy. However, after two wins against Persika Karawang (4-0) and Bhayangkara (2-0), the Scottish official received a shocking news when Nigeria-born striker Greg Nwokolo and rookie naturalized Otavio Dutra had to bid farewell to the team. just before the match against Malaysia on 5.9 at the Gelora Bung Karno home ground.

Coach McMenemy said Nwokolo (scored twice in 7 appearances) had to leave the team due to injury and was replaced by Saddil Ramdani. The absence of the experienced 33-year-old striker currently playing for Madura United club is certainly a big loss for the Indonesian national team.

Immediately after Nwokolo, Indonesia suffered another loss when Brazilian midfielder Dutra was removed from the official list of this country due to failure to complete citizenship procedures. Therefore, the 36-year-old center-back of Persebaya Club Surabaya, who has to wait until the completion of naturalization procedures, will be called back to the Indonesian national team.

"From the beginning, when Dutra was summoned to the national team, we said that the naturalization process has not been completed, but for some reason the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) still insisted on convening. Therefore, we can not get the service of Dutra when we met the club Persija last”,a representative of Persebaya Club told Bola newspaper.

Indonesia vs Thailand LIVE & preview: 2 naturalized stars cannot play for the host

Problems in the process of naturalization of Dutra must make McMenemy coach more or less worried. The center-back was previously rated by the 41-year-old strategist as a "steel shield" in the Indonesian defense in the second round of the 2022 World Cup thanks to a height of nearly 1.90m, thick experience, besides the ability. Score with a pretty good head. Dutra also contributed a goal in a friendly match against Persika Karawang.

According to the schedule, Indonesia will be playing the first two matches of Group G at home against Malaysia (September 5th) and Thailand (September 10th), before traveling to the UAE (October 10th).