Suara.com – After failing in the 2022 AFF Cup, the Indonesian National Team will face FIFA Matchday in March 2023.
The first FIFA Matchday event in 2023 itself is scheduled to fall in March, from 20 to 28 March to be precise.
This event will be used by the Indonesian National Team to compete against other countries in preparation for the 2023 Asian Cup in mid-June.
Apart from that, the FIFA Matchday event will also be used by the Indonesian National Team to raise its FIFA ranking, which is currently in 151st place.
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To gain lots of points on the upcoming FIFA Matchday, the Indonesian National Team must face teams that are ranked above.
This happened like when they faced Curacao in September 2022 where Indonesia managed to gain victory.
The success of bringing Curacao as an opponent on FIFA Matchday opened up hopes of getting opponents from other Latin America, one of which is Paraguay.
Paraguay, which is currently ranked 46th in FIFA, will be a very valuable opponent for the Indonesian National Team. The reason is, they have often played against strong teams like Brazil and Argentina.
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Still from Latin America, Ecuador, who is usually a regular at the World Cup, could be invited by PSSI to be their opponent on FIFA Matchday.
Ecuador is currently ranked 47th in the world. Moreover, not long ago Ecuador had just played against a team from Asia, namely Japan on the FIFA Matchday last September.
3. Costa Rica
One of the 2022 World Cup participants can also be invited by PSSI to become the opponent of the Indonesian National Team on the upcoming FIFA Matchday.
Costa Rica also comes from CONCACAF or Latin America, so that can increase the possibility because the Indonesian national team recently faced Curacao.
4. Arab Saudi
Saudi Arabia, which made a surprise at the 2022 World Cup by beating Argentina, could be a proposed opponent for the Indonesian national team.
The possibility of Saudi Arabia becoming the opponent of the Indonesian national team is quite open because they both come from the same confederation, AFC.
Cameroon is a World Cup customer from the African continent, currently ranked 33rd in FIFA which shows the strength of their team.
It is highly possible to make Cameroon an opponent on an open FIFA Matchday because Cameroon was the opponent of the Indonesian national team in a trial match in 2015.
At that time, Cameroon beat Garuda’s squad with a score of 1-0 through a goal by Vincent Aboubakar, who had been in Al Nassr’s uniform, Cristiano Ronaldo’s team now.
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