JAKARTA (16 Oct 2019) – Bambang Bayu Saptaji has made the cut for the Indonesia Futsal squad ahead of the AFF HDBank Futsal Championship 2019 next week.
It would seem that Indonesia head coach Kensuke Takahashi felt that the squad still needs the experience and guiding hands of the national captain even though he was left out of the recent trip to Japan due to injuries.
Bayu has made a speedy recovery over the last several weeks where he had also taken part in training and played in Indonesia’s last friendly against local club Halus FC Jakarta yesterday.
With the call back for Bayu in the last week, Kensuke has dropped three players from the squad before the team’s departure to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Friday.
The three players left out are Alfajri Zikri (Vamos) Iqbal Aliefian (Vamos) and Evan Soumilena (Black Steel Manokwari).
For the AFF HDBank Futsal Championship 2019, Indonesia are in Group B against hosts Vietnam, Australia and Malaysia.
There are only three slots available to the AFC Futsal Championship in 2020.
GOALKEEPERS: M. Iksan Rahadian, Muhammad Albagir
ANCHOR: Rio Pangestu Putra, Marvin Alexa Wossiry, Muhammad Rizki Xavier
ALA: Ardiansyah Nur, Bambang Bayu Saptaji, Ardiansyah Runtuboy, Mochammad Iqbal Iskandar, Firman Ardiansyah, Randy Satria Mushar
PIVOT: Syahidansyah Lubis, Andri Kustiawan, M. Subhan Faidasa