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Shin Tae-yong to chart Indonesia's fortunes

Saturday, December 28, 2019
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Jakarta: The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) officially unveiled Shin Tae-yong as the men's national team head coach on Saturday.

Former Korea Republic head coach Shin, who replaces Simon McMenemy of Scotland, signed a four-year contract.

PSSI President Police Commissioner General Dr H. Mochamad Iriawan said Shin's experience was a key factor in Indonesia's decision to hire him as the head coach.

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"Shin will have a long term target as we want him to chart Indonesia's long term development. However, his immediate target will be to prepare the national team for the Asian Qualifiers.

"We also want him to prepare the national team thoroughly for the 2020 AFF Cup and the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021 (which Indonesia will host)," said the PSSI President.

Shin, 50, said he was looking forward to working with both Indonesian national teams.

"I believe results can be achieved and I ask the fans to support us as I know Indonesia has the talent," he added.

Hwanyeonghamnida, coach-nim!#PSSINow #KitaGaruda #RiseTogether

— PSSI (@PSSI) December 28, 2019

Shin, who led Korea Republic to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, has the major task of reviving Indonesia's campaign in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

The Southeast Asian side sit bottom of the Group G standings, having suffered five defeats in as many matches.

Indonesia's remaining three matches are against Thailand (March 26), United Arab Emirates (March 31) and Vietnam (June 4).

Photo: AFP

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