Indonesia will dethrone Thailand in three years' time - Andik

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The winger is confident that his country will take the place of current South East Asian giants Thailand, judging by the quality of their youngsters.


BY   MUHAMAD RAIS ADNAN

Indonesia and Selangor star Andik Vermansah has praised the potential of in Indonesia's U16, U19 and U22 players. The winger, who follows the updates on the teams, has remarked that Indonesia have a good chance of usurping Thailand as the best side in South East Asia.

"Looking at the quality of the U16, U19 and U22 players, I think in three years' time we can dethroneThailand. In the recent SEA Games, we were simply unlucky.

"Although the tournament was won by Thailand, I think in terms of performance Indonesia were the best side," said the 25-year old winger.

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According to the former Persebaya Surabaya man, one of the junior sides' strengths is their maturity, which to him shows that they have the potential to be absorbed into the senior national team in the future.

"From the goalkeepers, defenders, to the attackers they all have good individual skills in terms of ball control. They are also able to play in a composed manner, with the back line not simply lobbing the ball forward," he remarked.

On Wednesday Andik helped the Garudas defeat Cambodia 3-1 in a non-official friendly match, that was held at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi.

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