ONENEWS.MY.ID, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) praised the Indonesian football team, which had just finished participating in the 2020 AFF Cup in Singapore. The final result of the struggle for the Garuda national team put him back as runner-up after being crushed by Thailand with an aggregate score of 2-6.
Jokowi said that he and the people of Indonesia were proud of the struggle that Ricky Kambuaya et al had made in the AFF Cup. “Even though I haven’t won yet, I and all the Indonesian people are still proud of all of your struggles,” he said through the official social media account Instagram @jokowi which was uploaded in Jakarta, Saturday, January 1, 2022.
Jokowi assessed that the Indonesian national team had fought persistently and sportively in the tournament. He also congratulated the winning team, Thailand. “Congratulations to Thailand for winning the 2020 AFF Cup tonight,” the President wrote.
In the second leg match at the National Stadium, Singapore, on Saturday night, the national team could only draw 2-2. Ricky Kambuaya and Egy Maulana contributed two goals for the national team. This result was better than the first leg when Shin Tae-yong’s team had to go down 0-4.
Previously, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainudin Amali, also expressed his appreciation for the struggle that the Indonesian National Team had given in Saturday night’s match. According to Zainudin, the national team has clearly learned from the defeat that occurred in the first leg match. “Improvements are seen, especially in midfield and forward,” he said.
Zainudin hopes that the national team will not be discouraged because they are only runners-up in the AFF Cup for the sixth time. The young age of the players who competed this year was called a big capital.
Regarding bonuses for the national team in the AFF Cup this time, Zainudin said he would coordinate with PSSI.
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