Iceland braced for tough Indonesia test 

Friday, January 12, 2018
Indonesia Selection-Iceland

Kuala Lumpur: Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrimsson is bracing himself for a test when his FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia-bound squad face Indonesia in a friendly match at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday.

Hallgrimsson had a glimpse of what to expect in Thursday's friendly against an Indonesia Selection.

Although Iceland won 6-0, Hallgrimsson was impressed by the commitment and tenacity of the Indonesia Selection players and expects a much tougher test when his team face the national side.

Sunday's match will be live streamed at

"I liked the passion of the Indonesia Selection players who never gave up despite us dominating.

"They also impressed me with their skills and I am certainly expecting a tougher test when we play the Indonesia national team," said Hallgrimsson.

In fact, he is hoping Indonesia press his team hard as Iceland prepare for their FIFA World Cup 2018 adventure in Russia.

Hallgrimsson's team are drawn in Group D at the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia alongside former champions Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria.

For Indonesia, Sunday's match is yet another step forward following their return to international football after the lifting of a FIFA-imposed ban.

Indonesia missed out on the AFC Asian Cup 2019 UAE Qualifiers and are looking to stamp their mark following the period of inactivity.

Head coach Luis Milla has called up 24 players for the friendly with the Spaniard opting for a mixed squad of seniors and Under-23 players.

Milla is rebuilding the team with Indonesia's main focus being the 2018 Asian Games, which the country is hosting, and the AFF Cup.

Indonesia Squad - Goalkeepers: Andritany Ardhiyasa (Persija), Satria Tama (Madura United), Awan Setho (Bhayangkara FC); Defenders: I Putu Gede (Bhayangkara FC), Gavin Kwan (Barito Putera), Henhen H (Persib), Fachrudin Aryanto (Madura United), Hansamu Yama (Barito Putera), Bagas Adi (Arema FC), Victor Igbonefo (Persib), Rezaldi Hehanusa (Persija); Midfielders: Hanif Sjahbandi (Arema FC), M Hargianto (Bhayangkara FC), Bayu Pradana (Mitra Kukar), Evan Dimas (Selangor FA), Andik Vermansah (-), Ilham Udin (Selangor FA), Septian David (Mitra Kukar), Saddil Ramdani (Persela), Egy Maulana (Timnas U-19), Osvaldo Haay (Persebaya), Febri Haryadi (Persib); Forwards: Boaz Solossa (Persipura), Lerby Eliandry (Borneo FC).

Source: Football Association of Indonesia