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Preparing to Face Indonesia, Philippines Naturalization Process for 8 Offspring Players



NOBARTV.CO.ID Philippines naturalizes players ahead of facing Indonesia, Philippine National Team is making maximum preparations ahead of the match 2026 against Indonesia. Reportedly, the Philippine Football Federation is carrying out the naturalization process for 8 players of descent ahead of their visit.

Next month, will play the last two matches in the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone, second round of Group F. For the Garuda squad, Shin Tae-yong's men will meet the Philippine and Iraqi national teams at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK) Jakarta. These two matches are quite important because the Garuda squad's steps in the next round will be largely determined by these two matches.

If they are able to achieve just one victory over Iraq or the Philippines, then Ivar Jenner et al will certainly advance to the next round (third round). This possibility is almost certain to happen because currently, the Indonesian National Team is in second place in the Group F standings with a record of 7 points. As for the closest position, namely Vietnam, the squad nicknamed The Golden Star Warriors only got 3 points.

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So, with just one more win (so that the points reach 10), the Indonesian National Team's position in second place will certainly not be displaced. Vietnam, with two remaining wins, will not be able to overtake Indonesia's position, so the Garuda squad will certainly advance to the next qualifying round.

As a result, regardless of Vietnam and the Philippines' efforts in the remaining two matches, it will not affect the position of the Indonesian national team if the Garuda squad is able to record just one win. But interestingly, even though the Philippines, who are bottom of Group F, are not the favorites in the remaining two matches of Group F, in reality they are preparing as much as possible. This means, the Philippines - even though their chances of qualifying for the third round are very slim, the squad nicknamed The Azkals is still preparing their team with great effort. One way is by carrying out a large-scale naturalization process.

Scheduled, the Philippines - in the remaining two matches of the World Cup Qualifications this June, they will face the Indonesian National Team and Vietnam. The match against Indonesia will be presented on June 11 2024. And ahead of the duel, news spread that the Philippine Football Federation is carrying out the naturalization process for 8 players at once. This news was put forward by media from the Philippines called Spin.ph.

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Preparing to Face Indonesia, Philippines Naturalization Process for 8 Offspring Players
One of the players who will be naturalized as a Philippine National Team player (source: IG @raphael.obermair)

"Philippine National Team coach, Tom Saintfiet, said several hereditary players will most likely come for the last two matches of the Second Round of Qualification for the 2026 World Cup or the 2027 Asian Cup," read the Spin.ph report.

The eight players who are predicted to become Filipino players are Raphael Obermair, Anthony Markanich, Josep Baacay, Zico Bailey, Dylan Demuynck, Johannes Selven, Bjorn Martin Christensen and Adrian Ugelvik.

“The process has reached 90%. "In theory, the passports for these players could be ready for the match next June," said Philippines coach Saintfiet in a recent interview.

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