Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Indonesia was canceled from hosting the 2023 U-20 World Cup and this resulted in a number of losses.
FIFA has decided that Indonesia will cancel hosting the 2023 U-20 World Cup which was supposed to take place in six cities from May 20 to June 11.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Argentina had a great opportunity to replace Indonesia. The Argentine Football Federation (AFA) has submitted an official bid to host the 2023 U-20 World Cup.
The following are five disadvantages for Indonesia being canceled from hosting the 2023 U-20 World Cup:
1. The U-20 Indonesian National Team failed to play
Two generations of the U-20 national team have failed to play in the U-20 World Cup. The first generation of Bagus Kahfi and friends who were prepared to appear at the 2021 U-20 World Cup which was canceled due to the pandemic.
After that, the generation of Muhammad Ferarri and friends were prepared to appear in the 2023 edition. Both teams were handled by coach from South Korea Shin Tae Yong.
The 2023 U-20 World Cup should be the second time Indonesia has appeared in one of the prestigious FIFA tournaments. The first time Indonesia played in the U-20 World Cup occurred in 1979 in Japan.
Disappointment was expressed by the players and official coaches of the U-20 Indonesian National Team after FIFA crossed out Indonesia as the host. They couldn’t hold back their tears in the team hotel after hearing FIFA’s decision.
2. Threatened with FIFA sanctions
Not only losing its position as host of the 2023 U-20 World Cup, Indonesia is also threatened with FIFA sanctions. In its official statement, FIFA said that sanctions for Indonesia would be discussed further.
“The new hosts will be announced as soon as possible, with the current tournament date remaining unchanged. Potential sanctions against PSSI may also be decided at a later stage,” read an official FIFA statement.
FIFA sanctions are a nightmare for Indonesia, which experienced the disaster in 2015.
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