| JAKARTA (August 15, 2007) – The Indonesian Under-17 team is using the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-17 Championship this week as part of a bigger plan to fine tune their youth squad.
All of the 18 players, which have been announced by the Indonesian FA to be heading to Cambodia tomorrow, have been short listed from the Medco League 2007 from a pool of more than 70 players.
“These are the best players that we have under the age of 17-years-old,” said head coach Urias Rahantoknam.
“The technical abilities of the players at this level should be about the same in the region where I believe that at the end of the day, it will have to be the mental strength of the players which will be pivotal.”
Apart from wanting to have a closer look at each individual player, the meet will also be used to assess the players who will make up the core of the side which will be taking part in the AFC Under-16 qualifiers at the end of year.
This will be only the second time that Indonesia will be taking part in the short three-year history of the U17 tournament following their only other participation in 2005.
In 2005 in Bangkok, the Indonesia U17 side lost both their matches to eventual champions Thailand and Myanmar.
Last year in Vietnam, Indonesia did not send a team in a tournament which had featured champions Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Bangladesh.
INDONESIA UNDER-17 SQUAD
Triwindu Anggono, Ludiansyah, Kurniawan, Refa Arvindo Badherun Money, Mokhamad Syaifudin, Taji Prasetyo, Yericho Christianto, Ramdhan Akbar, Salim Ohorela, Finky Pasamba, Rizal Akbar Marasabessy, Erland Adiyanti, Irvin Museng, Sahlan Sodik, Mochamad Zainal Haq, Tribagus, Ferdiansyah, Ghozali Muharam Siregar.