Indonesian National team

Bad news! Rizky Ridho is confirmed to be absent from the match against Guinea U23

NOBARTV.CO.ID Rizky Ridho did not appear in the match against Guinea U23, center back U23 Rizky Ridho is confirmed to be absent from the match against Guinea U23. Previously, the defender from Persija Jakarta was also absent from the match for third place in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup.

As is known, the Garuda squad will again play an important match entitled the 2024 Paris Olympics play-off. In the play-off match, the Indonesian national team squad will face the African team from Guinea U23.

This play off match against Guinea U23 is because the opposing team recently finished in fourth place in the event U23 2023. This means that Guinea U23 failed to advance to the Paris Olympics directly. The Garuda squad also got the same thing.

Some time ago, the Indonesian U23 National Team coached by Shin Tae-yong appeared in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup. In this event - just like Guinea, the Garuda squad also finished in fourth place after being defeated by Iraq U23 in the race for third place. Initially, the Indonesian national team made a surprise by qualifying from the hell group – then managed to silence South Korea in the quarter-finals.

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But unfortunately, in the semifinal against Uzbekistan, they lost and this was followed by a match for third place against Iraq U23. In the match against Iraq U23, Marselino Ferdinan et al were defeated with a final score of 2-1.

The defeat by Iraq U23 also made the Indonesian national team follow Guinea's steps to determine its fate at the upcoming Paris Olympics. This fate is to play the play off match to be able to appear in the biggest multi-event event in the world. Therefore, a match was held between fourth ranked Asia, namely Indonesia, and fourth ranked African Guinea, to seal one final ticket to Paris.

Bad news! Rizky Ridho is confirmed to be absent from the match against Guinea U23
Rizky Ridho's celebration after the match against South Korea U23 in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)

Unfortunately, for the Indonesian U23 National Team itself, the Garuda squad will certainly not be strengthened by one of its flagship players, namely Rizky Ridho. The captain has been absent since the match for third place against Iraq and is certain to be absent again against Guinea U23. This is because Ridho, in the match against Uzbekistan, received a straight red card.

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Considering that the U23 Asian Cup is an event that is used as a selection forum for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the penalty of being banned from playing in these two matches remains in effect in this play-off round. Ridho's absence means the Garuda squad will certainly be limping like the previous match against Iraq.

However, it was reported that Shin Tae-yong had summoned two new players to cover Ridho's absence. The two players in question are Alfeandra Dewangga and Elkan Baggott.

"Rizky Ridho still can't play," said STY assistant Nova Arianto.

Not only Ridho, another young Garuda player, Justin Hubner, has also returned to his club after the match against Iraq. Even though the player has received two yellow cards in two consecutive matches, it is not yet certain whether Justin will be able to play again or not in the play-off match. But what is clear is that PSSI will again ask permission from his club Cerezo Osaka to release Justin again to the U-23 Indonesian National Team.

"Justin Hubner has returned to his club, after the match against Iraq last night," explained Chairman of the National Team Body Sumardji.

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