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PSSI Lobbies Cerezo Osaka Again to Bring Justin Hubner to the Paris Olympic Play Offs

NOBARTV.CO.ID PSSI wants to bring in Justin Hubner again, the young Garuda squad will play another important match in the near future. It is scheduled that Shin Tae-yong's team will meet Guinea U23 in the 2024 Paris Olympics play-off. To face the team from Africa, PSSI plans to bring in Justin Hubner again.

As is known, squad U23 has just ended its work in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup. In the football event which was held in Qatar, the Garuda squad ended its position in fourth place. After surprising the U23 Asian Cup stage by finishing as runners-up in Group A and beating South Korea in the quarter-finals, the Garuda squad's steps were stopped one by one in the remaining two matches.

Yes, after surprising many Asian football fans by defeating South Korea in the quarter-finals, the Garuda squad actually appeared lackluster in the semifinal match. In the match against Uzbekistan U23, Shin Tae-yong's men lost with a final score of 2-0. It didn't end there, they lost again to Iraq U23 in the race for third place.

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The defeat against Iraq meant that Indonesia failed to lock in an automatic ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics. Because as is known, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup have the right to represent Asia in this multi-sport event. As a result, now the young Garuda squad has one chance left to appear at the Paris Olympics. The only chance of that is by beating Guinea U23 in the play off. For your information, Guinea U23 is ranked fourth in the event U23 which was held in 2023 yesterday.

Unfortunately, ahead of the duel against Guinea U23 next week, the young Garuda squad will certainly not be strengthened by captain Rizky Ridho. Ridho has been absent from the Garuda squad since the match against Iraq. The absence of the young Persija Jakarta player was due to Ridho receiving a straight red card in the semifinal match against Uzbekistan. As a result, he had to miss two consecutive matches, namely the match against Iraq and the subsequent match against Guinea U23.

PSSI Lobbies Cerezo Osaka Again to Bring Justin Hubner to the Paris Olympic Play Offs
Justin Hubner after the match at the 2023 Asian Cup (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)
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Not only Ridho, Shin Tae-yong is also threatened with not being strengthened by Justin Hubner. This is because Justin immediately flew to Japan to join his club Cerezo Osaka. In fact, Justin is the last player to join the young Garuda squad in the U23 Asian Cup. This is because Cerezo just gave him permission to leave the club ahead of Indonesia's duel against Qatar on the first matchday of the U23 Asian Cup. And now, he has to return to his club because the permission period given has expired.

However, it is reported that PSSI will again lobby Cerezo to release the player on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Considering that Ridho is a key player whose absence is very unfortunate, efforts must be made to ensure Justin's presence so that the central defender position is filled by an experienced player.

"Yes, currently Justin Hubner has returned to his club," explained STY assistant Nova Arianto.

"We have sent a letter to the club and communication is being built," concluded the man who is also a former Indonesian national team player.

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