Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
One of the U-20 Indonesian National Team players, Hokky Caraka, voiced his views on the 2023 U-20 World Cup polemic.
In the midst of the uncertainty surrounding the holding of the U-20 World Cup, Hokky responded via social media Instagram.
Hokky, who is one of Shin Tae Yong’s regular players in various events involving the U-19 and U-20 Indonesian national teams in recent years, has high hopes that the junior-level World Cup will still take place in Indonesia.
The PSS Sleman player is one of those who dreamed of appearing for the U-20 Indonesia National Team in a first-class international tournament.
“Fighting for the independence of other people’s countries (Palestine), but all of you are destroying the dreams of your own nation’s children. Sweet dreams, friends, until we meet again,” Hokky wrote, accompanied by the lyrics of the song ‘Negara Lucu’ from the band Enau.
Rumors of Indonesia’s cancellation as host for the 2023 U-20 World Cup have emerged since FIFA canceled the draw which was originally scheduled to take place in Bali on March 31.
In the 2023 U-20 World Cup draw, all team representatives are scheduled to attend in Bali, including Israeli national team officials. In addition, Bali is also said to be the location for the group phase matches for the Israel U-20 national team.
The rejection of the presence of the Israeli national team at the 2023 U-20 World Cup was also voiced by a number of parties. This condition makes it claimed that FIFA has the opportunity to cancel Indonesia’s status as the host.
Argentina, Qatar and Peru then emerged as the three names of countries that would replace Indonesia as the host for the 2023 U-20 World Cup.