Ezra Walian confident of Indonesia's gold medal chances

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The 2017 SEA Games football gold medal is not an impossible target for Indonesia U22, says its striker Ezra Walian.

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Dutch-born Indonesia U22 striker, Ezra Walian is optimistic of Garuda Muda's chances at the SEA Games' football competition, which is set to kick off on Monday.

Indonesia have been drawn in Group B alongside Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Timor Leste, with Luis Milla's men set to begin their campaign against reigning champions Thailand on Monday.

"Our first game will be against Thailand, they are a good team but we also have a good team, in football anything can happen.

"Indonesia and Thailand are strong teams, we both want to achieve success, so I think it will be an exciting match," said the former Ajaz Jong player.

Ezra voiced his confidence at the quality shown by his side, after having joined the centralised training camp on its final days due to trials with English sides Bolton Wanderes and West Ham.

"We believe that we will be the SEA Games champions. If we play well, and work hard to succeed, of course we can become champions. Currently I am only focusing on the national team and SEA Games.

"I really enjoy training together with the team, as previously I had been with them for training in Bali and the friendly match against Myanmar. The important thing is that I know the team and the team are already familiar with my playing style," Ezra said.

Meanwhile, here is Indonesia's final SEA Games squad:

Goalkeepers: Kurniawan Kartika Ajie (Persiba Balikpapan), Satria Tama (Persegres Gresik United), Mochammad Diky Indriyana (Bali United).

Defenders: Andy Setyo (PS TNI), Hansamu Yama (Barito Putera), Ryuji Utomo (Persija), Putu Gede (Bhayangkara FC), Gavin Kwan (Barito Putera), Ricky Fajrin (Bali United), Rezaldi Hehanusa (Persija).

Midfielders: M Hargianto (Persija), Asnawi Mangkualam Bahar (PSM), Hanif Abdurrauf Sjahbandi (Arema FC), Evan Dimas (Bhayangkara FC), Septian David Maulana (Mitra Kukar), Febri Haryadi (Persib), Osvaldo Haay (Persipura), Saddil Ramdani (Persela).

Strikers: Ezra Walian (free agent), Marinus Mariyanto (Persipura), Yabes Roni (Bali United).

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