Indonesia will give their all against Philippines

By Hoang An   November 20, 2023 | 11:17 pm PT
Indonesia will give their all against Philippines
Coach Shin Tae-yong during a press conference before the Philippines face Indonesia in Group F qualifying game for the 2026 World Cup on Nov. 20, 2023. Photo by PSSI
Coach Shin Tae-yong said the Philippines being the hosts will not be a problem for Indonesia as the teams play the second round of World Cup qualification on Tuesday night.

Indonesia are currently at the bottom of Group F after a 5-1 loss to hosts Iraq on Thursday. However, Coach Shin said the team aim for a victory this time "to demonstrate our strength to our opponents."

When asked about the pressure of playing away from home for the second consecutive match in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, he said, "Facing the Philippines is not an issue. We will give our all to win."

The Philippines currently rank 138th in the FIFA rankings, seven spots higher than Indonesia. However, in the recent AFF Cup tournaments, Indonesia reached the semifinals or advanced further, while the Philippines failed to exit the group stage. "The performance of the Philippines has improved, and they have certainly studied us," Shin added. "But Indonesia don’t care about that. We want to play with what we have."

The Philippines squad currently includes six players who play in the Indonesian league. When asked whether these players' understanding of Indonesian football is a concern, Shin once again brushed off the idea.

The Korean coach is under pressure in Indonesia, as he has yet to guide the team to any titles. Under his lead, the team won the bronze medal at the 31st SEA Games, finished runner-up in the 2020 AFF Cup, and finished second in the 2023 U23 Southeast Asian Championship. The gold medal for Indonesia's men's football team at the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia was won under local coach Indra Sjafri.

Shin, 53, was a former professional footballer. He won the K League five times with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and was named to the league's Best XI nine times. As a coach, he achieved success by leading Seongnam to victory in the 2010 AFC Champions League and helped South Korea win the 2017 East Asian Championship.

After the South Korean national team was eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, he resigned. In December 2019, he began coaching Indonesia, having previously managed the U20 and U23 teams, as well as the national team.

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