ONE senior player who strengthened the Indonesian national team at the 2021 SEA Games was finally answered. Pilar Persib Bandung, Marc Klok is trusted to defend the Red and White in the event.
“We have registered Marc Klok for the 2021 SEA Games for a quota of senior players,” PSSI technical director Indra Sjafri told the media crew.
It is hoped that the presence of Klok can help the Indonesian national team win the 2021 SEA Games gold medal. The 28-year-old man is considered to have the right qualities and figures to provide guidance to younger players.
“The number of senior players at the 2021 SEA Games may be played by two. However, those registered are more than that. This means that two players may play, like the previous edition,” he said.
“We are sure that Marc Klok can play because he has followed the rules for five years living in Indonesia,” the former Bali United formation interpreter added.
At the 2019 SEA Games, the Indonesian national team almost won a gold medal. Unfortunately, the Garuda Muda squad failed to get it after being defeated by Vietnam in the final with a score of three goals without reply. The last time, the Indonesian national team won a gold medal at the SEA Games in 1991. At that time, the Red and White troops defeated Thailand in the final match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, on penalties, with a score of 4-3.
Each country in the 2021 SEA Games football branch is allowed to play two senior players. While the rest are players with a maximum age of 23 years.
The 2021 SEA Games will be held in Vietnam from 12 to 23 May. The event was supposed to be held last year but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Goal/OL-15)