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Indonesia's Widodo Putra wins AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge


Kuala Lumpur: Widodo Putra has won the AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge, with the former Indonesian star garnering 72 percent of the votes.

Widodo's acrobatic goal against Kuwait in the 1996 Finals is one of the best in AFC Asian Cup history and, based on the poll, obviously still very fresh in the memory of Indonesian fans.

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"I always visualised the atmosphere and match situations the night before a big game, said Widodo told the-AFC.com.

"The goal comes to fruition when you visualise yourself executing it. As a forward, you must be quick on your feet and decide what to do with the ball when you receive it, either to control or change position.

"For the goal mentioned, I deduced that the ball would be difficult to control so I decided to score with a bicycle kick. A striker must have this kind of mentality, added the Persita Tangerang head coach.

"I’m extremely happy to be part of this AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge and to reach the final. It’s such an honour. But this is not about me. It’s about us. Who are we? We are Indonesia. So I’m dedicating this goal to Indonesian football.

"Thank you to the Indonesian football fans who have voted for Widodo Putra. But I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Indonesia who loves football.

"I want to stress again this is not about me but for Indonesia and I’m also very thankful that this goal has become the most beautiful goal in the entire history of the AFC Asian Cup."

Widodo saw off the challenge of Abbas Chahrour, who made history by becoming the first player from Lebanon to score in the AFC Asian Cup Finals - doing so against Iraq in the 2000 edition on home soil.

Widodo's triumph concludes the AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge, which saw 32 goals scored by Asia's finest being contested.

The-AFC.com thanks the millions of fans who cast their votes.

Click HERE to see the result.

Photos: Football Association of Indonesia

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