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Malaysian Coach: Indonesia Will Become King of ASEAN!



NOBARTV.CO.ID The Malaysian coach praises Indonesia, the performance of the Indonesian National Team has attracted the attention of many groups. To the point, Malaysian coach from South Korea Kim Pan-Gon said that the Garuda squad would be the kings of Southeast Asia.

The Indonesian National Team's qualification for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications is still being discussed. How could it not be, qualifying for the third round is the first time in history. Only two Southeast Asian teams have ever qualified for the round. The two teams in question are the Vietnam and Thailand national teams.

However, in the 2026 World Cup Qualifications this time, Indonesia was the only team from Southeast Asia that was able to qualify for the third round. Of the seven ASEAN teams competing (in the second round), only Shin Tae-yong's team were successful. Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand failed to advance to the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications.

Not only do they have the opportunity to appear in the third round of World Cup Qualification, but Marselino Ferdinan et al are also confirmed to automatically qualify for the 2027 Asian Cup. So, the 18 teams that qualify for the third round of 2026 World Cup Qualification automatically qualify for the 2027 Asian Cup. And From here, we can know that the Indonesian National Team is the only ASEAN team that has been confirmed to appear (2027 Asian Cup). Meanwhile for the other Southeast Asian teams, they have to go through the qualifying round first.

This qualification also made several groups provide comments regarding the Garuda squad. Observers, players and rival coaches also discussed it. One of the rival coaches, Kim Pan-Gon, gave an interesting assessment to Ragnar Oratmangoen et al. The Malaysian national team coach said that the Garuda squad would be the kings of Southeast Asia in the future. Previously, when you mentioned the king of Southeast Asia - what came to mind was the Thai national team which has proven to always appear impressive in the several matches it has played.

Malaysian Coach: Indonesia Will Become King of ASEAN!
Save from Ernando Ari in the Indonesia vs Philippines match (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)

“For me, Indonesia will be a big team here in the near future. "They are trying hard, but we have to improve ourselves to face the challenge," said Kim Pan Gon as quoted by Astro Awani.

Meanwhile, from an observer from Indonesia himself, Bung Kus said that the level of the Indonesian National Team was still in Southeast Asia. This means that the Garuda squad is not yet worthy of being called a competitor for the Asian region.

“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 concluded.

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