Indonesian National team

Menpora tries to make Calvin Verdonk and Jens Raven debut in the match against Iraq



NOBARTV.CO.ID Menpora tries to make Calvin Verdonk and Jens Raven debut soon. Two hereditary players who are currently undergoing the naturalization process, namely Calvin Verdonk and Jens Raven, are on the verge of debuting with . Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports Dito Ariotedjo will try to ensure that the two players can debut in the match against Iraq.

As is known, Shin Tae-yong some time ago called 22 players to appear 2026 next June. The 22 names were prepared to play against the Iraqi National Team and the Philippine National Team in the last two matches in the qualifying round. Therefore, in terms of selection, STY truly selects the best of the best players.

This can be seen from the composition of the players who received the call. Almost all overseas players were brought in by this South Korean man. Justin Hubner and players who recently made their debut, such as Thom Haye, were brought in by him.

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But unfortunately, among several players who received the call, STY initially hoped that he could play Calvin Verdonk. Calvin Verdonk is a player from the NEC Nijmegen club who is currently undergoing the naturalization process.

“Calvin is indeed trying to be naturalized. Maybe if it's done quickly in June it will be finished. "I have also seen his performance firsthand and it is very good, so it really helps the Indonesian national team," said STY last April.

But as is now known, the naturalization process has not yet been completed. Until finally, Calvin Verdonk and one other player, Jens Raven, were threatened with having their debut canceled in June.

Menpora tries to make Calvin Verdonk and Jens Raven debut in the match against Iraq
Calvin Verdonk celebrates with his colleagues
(source: IG @c.verdonk)

Among this bad news, the Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) Dito Ariotedjo came to provide a breath of fresh air. Currently, said Dito, his party is trying as hard as possible so that the naturalization process can be completed so that Calvin Verdonk and Jens Raven can debut in the match against Iraq.

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"Thank God for the fast work of the DPR, on Monday there was a roadshow meeting for Commission III and Commission

“We are trying [to be able to play against Iraq]. "At least we can play against the Philippines, but now the focus is on acceleration," he added.

The matches against Iraq and the Philippines are quite important for the Garuda squad. With one more win, whether against Iraq or the Philippines, the Indonesian National Team will certainly qualify for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone. This is because the Garuda squad currently has 7 points, while the closest team, namely Vietnam, has only got 3 points.

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