Failed AFF U-18 Cup Champion, Egy Expects U-19 Under-20 World Cup
Egy Maulana Vikri with Indonesia national team U-19 return to the country by snatching bronze medal after 7-1 win over host Myanmar in the race for third place of AFF Cup U-18. They can treat the disappointment of Garuda Nusantara supporters who are very hopeful that Indra Sjafri’s troops can become champions.
Behind the failure to be the best in the event, Egy Maulana takes wisdom. He remains positive-minded and seeks to strengthen his resolve and inspire the team to look at higher targets that qualify for the U-20 World Cup. Through his Instagram account, Egy Maulana mengungkan it.
“Indeed we fail to win in this AFF u18, maybe God has another plan who knows God gave us permission to get to the World Cup next year? Amen,” wrote Egy Maulana in Instagram account, which received a positive response from netizens.
In the AFF U-18 Cup, the U-19 national team can only finish in third place after beating Myanmar 7-1 at Thuwunna Stadium, Sunday (17/09/2017) afternoon. The journey of Egy Maulana et al can be said to be good enough, even though it lost 0-3 from Vietnam in the allowance. They qualify for the semi-finals as group winners.
Unfortunately, in the big four-round match U-19 national team failed to pass hadangan Thailand. They lost on penalties after a goalless draw for 2×45 minutes.
U-19 Asian Cup Qualification
After appearing in the AFF Cup U-18, Egy Maulana et al immediately focus on facing the Asian Cup Qualification U-19 in South Korea. U-19 national team will certainly qualify for the round of 16 because Indonesia hosts the final round (16 large).
So, whatever qualifying results obtained U-19 national team in South Korea will not be influential. They have already got tickets to the finals which take place next year.
In qualifying, U-19 national team is in Group F along with South Korea, Malaysia, East Timor and Brunei. This qualifying match will take place from 31 October to 8 November 2017.
In order to appear at the U-20 World Cup in 2020, U-19 national team must qualify for the semifinals of the U-19 Asian Cup. The reason, only the best four teams are entitled to get tickets to the event.