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Vietnamese media suspects STY of changing the Indonesia vs Iraq kick off

NOBARTV.CO.ID Vietnamese media suspects STY, Vietnamese media named Soha criticizes Shin Tae-yong. They were suspicious because of the match schedule vs. Iraq advanced.

Next month (June 2024), the Indonesian National Team will play two important matches against Iraq and the Philippines. The two matches which were held at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK) Jakarta were titled 2026 Asia zone second round of group F. Interestingly, the two matches were the last matches in the second round.

As a result, these two matches will affect the fate of all teams, including Indonesia. If the Garuda squad fails to win in these two home matches, then their steps will be uncertain - whether they qualify for the third round or not. However, if Ivar Jenner et al achieve just one victory over Iraq or the Philippines, then the Indonesian National Team will certainly advance to the next round (third).

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This is because the Indonesian National Team is in second place with a record of 7 points. Meanwhile, in third place, Vietnam only got three points. Therefore, just by adding 3 more points, the Garuda squad has the right to lock up a place in the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone.

Behind that, there is something that is quite highlighted ahead of the match against Iraq tomorrow. Yes, suddenly, Shin Tae-yong asked PSSI to change the match schedule. Previously, the Garuda squad would face the team from the Middle East on June 6 2024 – right at night. However, yesterday, PSSI confirmed that the match had been moved to the afternoon. So far, the reasons behind the schedule change have not been explained. In fact, so far, the Indonesian National Team rarely plays in the afternoon when they host it.

Vietnamese media suspects STY of changing the Indonesia vs Iraq kick off
Action of one of the Indonesian National Team players (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)
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This schedule change inevitably raises big question marks. One of the media from Vietnam, Soha, even suspected that Shin had other motives, so he chose to move the match schedule.

“It is completely understandable that coach Shin Tae-yong had a reason to play with compatriot Kim Sang-sik on the day he debuted for the Vietnam national team,” wrote Soha.

It is known that on the evening of the same date (June 6), Vietnam is scheduled to host the Philippines. In the Vietnam national team, there is a debutant coach from South Korea named Kim Sang-sik. Due to the progress of the Indonesia vs Iraq match, Soha suspected that Shin was putting pressure on Vietnam's new coach. Moreover, if Indonesia wins over Iraq in the afternoon, it is almost certain that the Vietnam squad will come under quite a lot of pressure from the match played afterwards.

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