The Brazilian coach, Stefano Cugurra, was excited to learn that Bali United was appointed as Indonesia’s representative in the 2022 AFC Cup. They will have more power in this edition.
Bali United has been appointed as Indonesia’s representative in the 2022 AFC Cup. The 2019 Liga 1 champions will be accompanied by the 2018/2019 Indonesian Cup champion, PSM Makassar, who is likely to play in the playoffs in March.
For Bali United, this edition is the third time after 2018 and 2020. Unfortunately, Bali United only had three matches in the 2020 AFC Cup before being stopped due to the corona virus pandemic.
“Twice lost the opportunity to play in the AFC Cup 2020 and 2021. Two times the competition did not run. We are disappointed. Of course, the opportunity to appear again makes us have to set maximum targets, “said Stefano Cugurra, Friday (12/31/21).
Privat Mbarga became Bali United’s new mainstay for the 2022 AFC Cup. When defending Svay Rieng FC Cambodia in the 2020 AFC Cup, he recorded one goal and one assist against Wawan Hendrawan.
Besides Privat Mbarga, the name of the Indonesian national team winger, Irfan Jaya, is also reported to be joining soon. In fact, he is said to be joining the fourth series of Liga 1 2021-2022.
Even so, this is still a secret Teco. However, from his behavior, Bali United immediately had a new player. Moreover, the two pillars, M Taufiq and Fahmi Al Ayyubi have been loaned to Persik Kediri.
“We definitely want a stronger team next year. Regarding new players, we are still waiting from the management,” said Teco, Stefano Cugurra’s nickname.
Liga 1 2021-2022 can warm up the engine so that Bali United can achieve the best when playing in the 2022 AFC Cup. Homeland competition is really needed because Fadil Sausu et al. had not competed in more than a year.
“After almost two years without competition, it must not be easy for many players to return to ideal conditions. Hopefully next year everything can be better than this year, “he said.
Bali United has not received information about the format of the 2022 AFC Cup. However, considering the existing situation, it is highly likely that the group phase will be held with a home tournament system.