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Indonesia to naturalize two foreign players for U-20 World Cup

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Jakarta, IO – The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) announced that it would naturalize two players — Justin Hubner from FC Ultrecht and Ivan Jenner from Wolverhampton — for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The two players arrived in Jakarta on Sunday (23/10).

PSSI chairman Mochamad Iriawan said the quality of the two players has met national team’s coach Shin Tae-yong’s expectation. “He needs them to boost the strength of the Indonesian U-20 team in the upcoming U-20 World Cup in 2023,” said Iriawan in an official statement via PSSI website on Wednesday (26/10).

Like other candidates for naturalized players, they will undergo a complete medical examination. Meanwhile, Law and Human Rights Deputy Minister Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej was quoted by Bolasport as saying that the ministry is processing the naturalization of three senior national team players: Jordi Amat, Sandy Walsh and Shayne Pattynama.

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“Once there is a decree from the president, if I am not mistaken, within a month, they must take an oath to become an Indonesian citizen,” said Edward. The opportunity for Jordi Amat and Sandy Walsh to play for the Indonesian national team in the 2022 AFF Cup (December 20 to January 16, 2023) is still open.

Indonesia is in Group A with Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, and the winner of Timor Leste vs. Brunei Darussalam. (rr)

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