Reports of 3 European Label Players in the Indonesian National Team, Witan Shines the Most | Bolaindo

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All European label players who were called to strengthen the Indonesian national team in the 2020 AFF Cup proved to have made a real contribution.

The Indonesian national team has 30 players to navigate the 2020 AFF Cup. Six of them are players who have careers abroad.

Of the six players, three are playing in Europe, namely Witan Sulaeman (Lechia Gdansk/Poland), Elkan Baggott (Ipswich Town/England), and Egy Maulana Vikri (FK Senica/Slovakia).

The first two names have been in the Indonesian national team since the group stage, while the last one only joined the semifinals.

During the 2020 AFF Cup, Witan, Elkan, and Egy were able to make a real contribution to the Indonesian national team.

The following is the report card of European label players in the Indonesian national team throughout the 2020 AFF Cup:

1. Witan Sulaeman

Witan Sulaeman scored the first goal in the Singapore vs Indonesia match in the first leg of the 2020 AFF Cup semifinals at the National Stadium, Wednesday (12/22/2021) night WIB.

Witan Sulaeman scored the first goal in the Singapore vs Indonesia match in the first leg of the 2020 AFF Cup semifinals at the National Stadium, Wednesday (12/22/2021) night WIB.(AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

Witan Sulaeman made eight appearances in the 2020 AFF Cup, meaning he was always played by Shin Tae-yong from the group stage to the final.

The 20-year-old midfielder started seven times and left the bench once. This proves that Witan is the coach’s trust.

Witan paid for that trust with two goals and five assists. Witan also topped the 2020 AFF Cup top assists list.

2. Elkan Baggott

Indonesian national team defender Elkan Baggott celebrates after scoring against Malaysia in the 2020 AFF Cup Group B match at the Singapore National Stadium, Sunday (12/19/2021).

Indonesian national team defender Elkan Baggott celebrates after scoring against Malaysia in the 2020 AFF Cup Group B match at the Singapore National Stadium, Sunday (12/19/2021). (Doc. PSSI)

The tall defender has played five times throughout the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup and all of them as a substitute.

Elkan Baggott contributed one goal in the 5-1 win over Malaysia in the last match of the Group B elimination that led Indonesia to the 2020 AFF Cup semifinals.

This 19-year-old player is also good at releasing accurate passes. The accuracy is 85.1 percent, higher than Witan Sulaeman (73.1 percent).

As a defender, Elkan Baggott is disciplined because he has never received a card throughout his appearance in the 2020 AFF Cup.

3. Egy Maulana Vikri

Indonesian national team striker Egy Maulana Vikri in action during a training session ahead of the 2023 Asian Cup Qualification playoff in Buriram, Thailand, on 7 and 11 October 2021.

Indonesian national team striker Egy Maulana Vikri in action during a training session ahead of the 2023 Asian Cup Qualification playoff in Buriram, Thailand, on 7 and 11 October 2021. (PSSI)

Egy Maulana Vikri has just joined the Garuda squad ahead of the semifinal first leg vs. Singapore. However, he only played in the second leg.

In his first appearance, Egy scored one goal which ensured a 4-2 victory for the Indonesian national team over Singapore.

Egy then continued to be played by Shin Tae-yong in the two final matches of the 2020 AFF Cup against Thailand.

Entered as a substitute in the first leg which ended in a 0-4 defeat, Egy started the second leg and contributed one goal.

Egy listed his name on the scoreboard in the 80th minute, which ensured that Indonesia ended the match at the National Stadium, Singapore, Saturday (1/1/2022) with a score of 2-2.

Unfortunately, the draw was not enough for Egy Maulana Vikri because they trailed 2-6 on aggregate to Thailand.

The Indonesian national team was again runner-up in the AFF Cup for the sixth time.

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