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Indonesia soccer coach eyes semis spot at Asian Games
July 25, 2018
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Bali: Indonesia U-23 head coach Luis Milla has set his sights on the semi-finals of the Asian Games Jakarta 2018. The hosts of the 18th edition of the Asian Games have been preparing since January with several training camps and friendlies, including the 2018 PSSI Anniversary Cup where the Young Garuda finished third after losing 1-0 to Bahrain and settling for draws with North Korea and Uzbekistan.

Indonesia have also played Thailand and Korea Republic, losing both games, which came on the back of a 3-0 win over Singapore in March.

Indonesia’s best result in the Asian Games was reaching the Round of 16 in the 2014 edition in South Korea, but Milla believes that with solid preparation, the Young Garuda can makes the semi-finals on home soil.

Milla has named his provisional squad and the 24 players started their final preparation with an 18-day training camp in Bali from Tuesday, and will play a last tune-up match against Timor-Leste on Aug.10.

The Under-23 men’s football at the Asian Games will be held from Aug.14 to Sept.1, and allows teams to feature three overage players in the squad of 20.

Former Spain international Milla has included Dutch-born Indonesian Stefano Lilipaly, Muhammad Ridho, Persija Jakarta’s Andritany Ardhiyasa and Brazilian-born Alberto Goncalves for the training camp. He has to trim his final squad to 20 players.

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