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Maarten Paes Officially Confirmed as Indonesian Citizen, Potential to Debut in June 2024

NOBARTV.CO.ID Maarten Paes officially becomes an Indonesian citizen, the naturalization process for FC Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes is finally complete. Yesterday, the footballer with the goalkeeper position was officially confirmed as an Indonesian citizen. Paes also has a big chance of making his debut next June.

A series of naturalization processes for one naturalized player already completed. Yesterday, Paes underwent the Indonesian citizen oath process at the DKI Jakarta Ministry of Law and Human Rights office. The oath process is the final series of several naturalization processes. If you have carried out this process, then the person concerned just has to wait for the transfer of the federation. For Paes, he is just waiting for the transfer of the previous federation from KNVB (Netherlands) to PSSI (Indonesia). This federation transfer was managed by the World Football Federation aka FIFA.

Considering that the federation transfer process does not take long, up to months, there is a big possibility that Paes will soon debut with the Indonesian National Team. In the near future, the Garuda squad will play against Iraq and the Philippines in the event 2026 Asia zone second round of group F. The two matches will be held in June 2024.

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These two matches will be held at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK) Jakarta. Considering that these two matches are quite important because they have a big chance for the Indonesian National Team to qualify for the next round (if they win), Paes - with his wealth of experience, will probably be played by Shin Tae-yong. Even though the Indonesian National Team squad already has the name Ernando Ari who is on the rise, it is very likely that the Persebaya Surabaya goalkeeper will be the second player in the match.

Paes himself, in his statement after being inaugurated as an Indonesian citizen, was eyeing his debut in June. The man who was born in Nijmegen on May 14 1998 wants to book as many matches as possible with the Indonesian National Team.

Not only that, Paes is also targeting the main target with the Indonesian national team, namely appearing in the 2026 World Cup. For him, playing in the national team is an example for the younger generation and that is what he wants to give.

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Maarten Paes Officially Confirmed as Indonesian Citizen, Potential to Debut in June 2024
Maarten Paes and Erick Thohir (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)

“Everything is clear for next June (2026 World Cup Qualification). "I think this nation deserves to be in the World Cup, and that is my main target, and to play as much as possible," said Paes, quoted from the official PSSI website.

“As well as having an impact (for the national team) on and off the field. "Because I also want to be an example for the younger generation," continued the player.

Furthermore, Paes said again, he was a little proud of the Indonesian National Team supporters. According to him, Garuda Indonesia fans are very loyal in supporting the players. He took the example of the 23 U2024 Asian Cup where they (supporters) always gave full support in the stadium.

“The fans in Indonesia are extraordinary. They are the most loyal people I know, and they are passionate people. It can be seen, at "Right now, how do they provide support to the national team, even outside the stadium," he concluded.

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