Indonesia has dramatically secured wild cards at the 2023 Qatar Asian Cup, which is given to the top four teams among the top three teams in six groups. The team will play a round of 16 match against Australia on Friday, and will decide whether it will advance to the quarterfinals or not. If it advances to the quarterfinals, it is all the more interesting in that it will meet the winner of Korea-Saudi Arabia.
Immediately, Indonesia is expected to provide special incentives to its national team players. Indonesian media outlet “Detik” quoted Eric Thohir of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) as saying on Monday, “The team will provide players, coaches and coaching staff with incentives to advance to the round of 16. Of course, I am well aware that players don’t play based on money,” adding, “I hope the team will display results through cool-minded matches against Australia.
Shin’s performance is also recognized. He had one win and two losses in the matches against Japan, Vietnam and Iraq, but his performance itself was not bad. Notably, some expressed sympathy for his loss in the matches against Iraq and Japan due to ambiguous judgment by umpires.
It is expected that coach Shin and Indonesia, whose contract ends in June, will be accompanied longer. Chairman Tohir plans to make a final review and decide.
Australia is one of the teams that Shin is familiar with. As the team runs a soccer class in Australia, it has many experiences fighting Australia as a member of the Korean national team. Australia secured two wins and one draw against Uzbekistan, Syria and India to advance to the round of 16 teams as No. 1 in Group B.
However, Australia is evaluated to have been very slow compared to its height and good physique. India and Syria did not overwhelm as they played a lot, and the goal process was also lucky. If Indonesia takes an active offensive and active action, another miracle could happen.
However, it will not be immediately decided whether he will renew his contract or not. Indonesian media outlet Compass said, “Coach Shin is also playing for the U-23 national team. There is also a goal to pass the group stage at the U-23 Asian Cup,” adding that he also needs to make an achievement in the final qualifying round for the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup and Paris Olympics scheduled in Qatar in April.
PSSI is said to have presented the goal of achieving eight goals at the U-23 Asian Cup in addition to the round of 16 strongest teams at the Asian Cup. “I still have homework to do. I hope (Coach Shin) will show expertise with PSSI,” Chairman Thohir said, hoping he will do good things again.
Indonesia advanced to the finals by winning all two preliminary games against Turkmenistan and Taiwan, and is tied with host Qatar, Australia, and Jordan in Group A. Korea will be in Group B with the UAE, Japan and China, and will have to secure the first round of tickets to the quarterfinals, which will be given to the runner-up. After that, Korea will have to secure a direct ticket to the Olympics, which will be given to the top three players in the semifinals. Fourth place will be decided through intercontinental playoffs.
Shin has already given Indonesia a bonus game as a gift, but if he wants to accompany him, he must cross another mountain after crossing the mountain. He is thus being tested again in Qatar three months later.