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"Iniesta of Indonesia" confirmed playing at SEA Games

Midfielder Evan Dimas was included in the two players aged more than 22 included in the Indonesian U-22 national team squad at SEA Games 30.

According to the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSSI), the Indonesian U-22 national team will leave for Manila from Jakarta today. At this time, the team is guided by head coach Indra Sjafri.

Under his management, Indonesia's youth teams used to win at the 2013 AFF U-19 Youth Championship, as well as the 2019 AFF U-22 Youth Championship.

As a result, though the current performance of their senior team is not good, Indonesia is considered one of the strongest contenders at SEA Games 30.

Before leaving Indonesia, coach Indra Sjafri revealed that he prepared for all scenarios which would happen in the following matches. Because of that, he ordered players to train various special tactics, including penalty kicking.

Moreover, to strengthen the U-22 team, he called up Evan Dimas and Zulfiandi as two players over 22 years. Both of them are midfielders who regularly play for the senior team, even Evan Dimas is called "Iniesta of Indonesia" because of his qualities.

At SEA Games 30, Indonesia was drawn into Group B with Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, and Brunei. They will play the first match against Thailand at Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 26th.

The chance for Indonesia to qualify the group stage was not relatively high, but if they have a positive result at the beginning game, nothing is impossible.

With a youth team compared to golden generations in the past, the Indonesian U-22 national team's journey has just begun.