Doha, IO – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is also the founder of the Akademi Nusantara Satu Foundation football academy, announced the initiative via a post on his personal Instagram @prabowo, Thursday (25/5). Prabowo said that the team will go to Qatar with the Garudayaksa Football Academy Indonesia.
“Garudayaksa Football Academy Indonesia will escort Persib U-17 Team (1 Coach, 1 Assistant Coach and 22 Players) as the winner of the Nusantara Open 2022 Prabowo Subianto Trophy to take part in the training program at Aspire Academy Qatar from 21 May-8 June 2023,” Prabowo wrote.
Prabowo via his personal Facebook account also congratulated the players. “Use this opportunity to the best of your ability to improve, forge your mental and physical abilities. Always protect the reputation of the nation and the people of Indonesia,” said Prabowo. “Be spirited and don’t forget to pray for protection from God Almighty in your every step.”
Prabowo also posted several photos of the departure moment and photos of them practicing.
Nusantara Open tournament aims to seek and nurture football talents to advance Indonesian football. One of the prizes was overseas training for the winner and runner-up. Last year it was participated in by 16 teams from all over Indonesia. Persib emerged as the winner, while PSLS Lhokseumawe the runner up.
Prabowo’s initiative were highly appreciated by the netizens. “This is a concrete proof of love and care for football, not like others who only video called and invited them to their homes after they won,” wrote Instagram handle @dekponk_comma.
“Watch out, Sir, don’t let others who do nothing piggyback on your effort by just giving a video vall,” wrote @gandhinugro.
“Prompt action, departing right away, without having to create many contents. Wish you success in 2024, Sir,” commented @bhagal1.