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Observer after Indonesia passes to Round 3 of World Cup Qualification: Our level is still Southeast Asia



NOBARTV.CO.ID Indonesia's level is still Southeast Asia, a surprising sentence was conveyed by one of the football observers, Mohamad Kusnaeni. The man who is usually called Bung Kus said that the Garuda squad was still at the Southeast Asian level some time after they qualified for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone.

The Indonesian national team finally succeeded in making history. Yesterday, they were confirmed to advance to the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone. Of the four teams in group F - where the Garuda squad is located, only two teams have the right to advance to the next round. The two teams are Indonesia and Iraq.

For the Garuda squad, Shin Tae-yong's men finished as runners-up in group F. Of the six matches played by Marselino Ferdinan et al, they managed to record three wins and one draw. Meanwhile, Iraq, Jesus Casas' team, have the status of perfect group winners. The reason is, they always win in the six matches they play.

The interesting thing about this World Cup Qualification is that of the seven Southeast Asian representatives who competed in the second round, Indonesia was the only team from ASEAN to qualify for the third round. The Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand failed. Meanwhile, for the Garuda squad, their progress to the third round is the first time in history. This record was only recorded by two Southeast Asian teams in the previous period by the Thai and Vietnamese national teams.

Observer after Indonesia passes to Round 3 of World Cup Qualification: Our level is still Southeast Asia
Indonesia vs Philippines duel some time ago
(source: IG @timnas.indonesia)

However, strangely, the Garuda squad's progress to the third round was still considered something normal. While many people say that the level of the Indonesian National Team has risen, Indonesian football observer Bung Kus expressed a different view. Bung Kus said that the level of the Indonesian National Team is still in Southeast Asia. He said these remarks shortly after the Garuda squad qualified for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications.

“We did qualify [for the third phase of qualifying] but to be honest our level hasn't really risen. "Still at the Southeast Asian level, not yet at the Asian elite level," said Kusnaeni.

"We haven't been able to do much against Iraq twice, but against Southeast Asia we can win. "This is homework because the opponents we will face in the third round are elite Asian teams," he added.

Furthermore, Bung Kus said again, he hopes that before the start of the third round of World Cup Qualification, the Indonesian National Team can increase the strength of the team. In this way, all kinds of deficiencies that were still visible in previous matches can be resolved perfectly.

"The opportunity is still open, because we haven't seen the drawing results yet. "There is still time to increase the team's strength, there is still time to correct shortcomings," he concluded.

That is a summary of interesting information in the news article entitled Observer after Indonesia passes to Round 3 of World Cup Qualification: Our level is still Southeast Asia which has been a team of writers NOBARTV NEWS ( ) extracts from various trusted sources.

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