Jakarta. Indra Sjafri, former head coach of Bali United, will perform the final selection of Indonesia U-19 national team in April, with plans to involve several Indonesian youth players currently living overseas.
Indra will also hold another training camp at the Atang Sutrisna football court in Cijantung, East Jakarta, on Sunday (19/03), which is expected to involve 35 youth footballers the coach has selected from an initial list of 75 players at the multistage selection phase earlier this month.
Indra, who led the U-19 national team to victory in the 2013 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup, recruited footballers from across the archipelago who excelled in four key aspects – individual skill, tactical awareness, physical ability and mental strength.
The Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, has also sent invitations to 12 young footballers training abroad with some of the world's premier clubs to play for the Indonesian U-19 team.
Ajax Amsterdam's Ezra Walian, who is currently awaiting his Indonesian passport, was not selected to join the team due to age restrictions.
Only players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, are eligible to compete in the tournament.
"The training camp will last until April 6. Then, from April 6 to April 10, Indonesian youth footballers from abroad will join in," Indra said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Thursday.
The team is currently preparing for September's 2017 AFF U-18 Championship in Myanmar.
The 12 Indonesian expatriate footballers invited to play for the U-19 team are: Samuel Christianson, Syahrian Abimanyu, Nicholas Pambudi, Pancar Nur Widiantono and Adam Putra Firdaus, all of whom currently live in Spain; Excel Favour, Fidelis Kelby Timothy and Muhammad R. Habibie, who currently live in Italy; George and Jack Brown, who currently live in the United Kingdom; Charalamboss Elias David, who currently lives in Greece and Andri Syahputra, who now lives in Qatar.