Indonesia Under-23s announce squad for Brunei friendly

Thirty players have been called up as they ramp up preparations for the year-end SEA Games, with coach Rahmad Darmawan claiming he wants to play up to 15 warm-up matches

Indonesia Under-23 coach Rahmad Darmawan has called up 30 players to face their Bruneian counterparts in a friendly match at Yogyakarta on August 15. 

According to Rahmad, this is only one of the 15 matches that he is targeting for his side to play prior to the year-end SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

“At home, we have three tournaments that we will compete in and it should be at least about 12 matches,” he told the media in Samarinda. 

“We are also scheduled to be in China and Hong Kong in November, where we will have about three friendly matches to play.”

Included in the team for the Brunei friendly are overseas-based players such as DC United’s Syamsir Alam and the CS Vise trio of Manahati Lestusen, Alfin Ismail Tuasalamony and Abdurahman Lestaluhu. All of them will be reporting for centralised training on August 10 at the Yogyakarta National University.

Meanwhile, full senior internationals such as Deigo Michels, Kurnia Meiga and Oktovianus Maniani were also named in Rahmad’s latest list as the team increase the tempo in their SEA Games preparations. 

After the Brunei match, Rahmad will call up another set of players for the third stage of his selection process, whereby 80 per cent of them will be newbies who have not gone through the first and second stages of selection.

“The remaining 20% are those that have joined us in the previous selection," he explained.

“In September, we will select 30 players from all the three batches of selection processes and they will begin centralised training, [which is] scheduled for September 11.”

Indonesia U23 Squad vs Brunei 

Arema: Kurnia Meiga

Barito Putera: Oktovianus Maniani 

CS Vise: Manahati Lestusen, Alfin Tuasalamony, Abdurahman Lestaluhu

DC United: Syamsir Alam 

PBR: Mokhamad Syaifuddin, Doly Ramadhan Gultom, Rizki Ahmad Sanjaya Pell

Persela: Fandi Eko 

Perseman: Rizal Lestaluhu

Persija: Syahroni, Defri Riski 

Persiram: Kabiay, Roni Beroperay, Moses Banggo, Loudry, Aldaier, Mario Aibekop

Persib: Shahar Ginanjar 

Persidafon: Andri Ibo, David Laly, Yohani Nabar

Persipura: Daniel S Tata, Fandry Imbiri 

PSS: Aji Saka

PSS Sleman: Moniaga Bagus Suwardi 

Semen Padang: Nico Malau

Sriwijaya: Diego Michiels, Ramdani Lestaluhu