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Iraq Coach Ahead of Duel with Indonesia: Their Performance Is Not a Coincidence

NOBARTV.CO.ID Iraqi coach responds to the young Garuda squad, Iraq U23 National Team Coach Radhi Shenaishil gave his response ahead of the duel against Indonesia in the race for third place in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup. According to him, the positive performance shown this moment is not a coincidence.

The Indonesian national team has been eliminated from the 23 U2023 Asian Cup semifinal match. Yesterday, they lost to the Uzbekistan national team in that match. As a result, now, Shin Tae-yong's team will face Iraq in the battle for third place. The match against Uzbekistan itself – at that time ended with a score of 2-0.

However, what you need to know is – before the match against Uzbekistan, the Indonesian U23 National Team appeared quite promising. This debutant team, which was initially not taken into account, has actually skyrocketed.

Yes, how could it not be, in their debut match at the U23 Asian Cup, Marselino Ferdinan et al immediately hit the tournament stage by coming out as runners-up in group A. The runner-up status was obtained after silencing the strong Australian team 1-0 and slaughtering Jordan 4-1 . It didn't end there, South Korea U23's dream of reaching the semifinals was also eliminated by Shin Tae-yong's team. Facing the Taeguk Warriors in the quarter-finals, the Garuda squad succeeded in silencing their opponents through a penalty shootout 11-10 after a 2-2 draw in normal time.

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The various surprises made by this young Garuda squad were enough to create a stir on the AFC stage even though they were eliminated in the semifinal match yesterday. Therefore, Iraq U23 coach Radhi Shenaishil does not consider the positive performance of the Garuda squad to be just a coincidence. He said, the U23 Indonesian National Team is a good, developing and respectable team on the field.

Iraq Coach Ahead of Duel with Indonesia: Their Performance Is Not a Coincidence
Witan Sulaeman in the match against Uzbekistan (source: IG @afcasiancup)

"We have monitored the Indonesian players very closely since the start of the tournament, they are very good, developed and respectable on the field," said Radhi Shenaishil as quoted by the AFC official website.

"Indonesia won against Jordan, Australia and the Republic of Korea, so they didn't come here by chance or chance, and they have mature plans and strategies, which makes us respect them and (in turn) makes us more focused," he added. .

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In fact, the coach said the match against Indonesia would be difficult. Nevertheless, he said his team were ready to play the match.

“Our players are ready despite the difficulties they face in this decisive match. "We have a good team, we are brave and very motivated and have good physical abilities, what we need to get good results is our focus," he concluded.

The match for third place in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup will be held this evening. Taking place at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, the two teams will brush each other for the title of third place as well as sealing a place at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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