British-born Indonesia national team center-back Elkan Baggott stressed that his family was the main reason he chose to become an Indonesian citizen.
“I decided to become an Indonesian citizen because, first of all, my family. I am proud to represent my family and my country,” Elkan said at the Bung Karno Intermediate Stadium in Jakarta on Wednesday 11/11.
Elkan has an Indonesian mother and a British father. The 194cm footballer was born in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Elkan received an electronic identity card (KTP) from the Indonesian government on Tuesday (9/11).
Another thing that drives the Ipswich Town club player in England to become an Indonesian citizen is the presence of his fans in the country.
“The love of the fans makes me feel at home,” Elkan said.
Already an Indonesian citizen, Elkan is determined to fully focus on the Indonesian national team. He wants to give achievements to the Garuda team.
Nearby, Elkan wants to offer Indonesia the first AFF Cup title by winning the AFF Cup 2020 which begins in December 2021 in Singapore.
“We went to the tournament with the goal of winning and being champions, not just competing,” said the 19-year-old.
Elkan and his colleagues from the Indonesian national team continue to prepare for the AFF Cup 2020. Training camps (TC) were held in Jakarta and Turkey.
The foster children of trainer Shin Tae-yong are due to leave for Turkey on Thursday (11/11).
In Turkey, in addition to training, the Indonesian national team will also play an international friendly match between FIFA and Afghanistan on Tuesday (16/11) and Myanmar on Thursday (25/11).
Meanwhile, in the AFF Cup 2020, Indonesia, which is in Group B with Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos, will play its first match on December 9, 2021 against Cambodia.
Then Indonesia will face Laos on December 12, 2021, Vietnam three days later, and Malaysia on December 19, 2021.
All Indonesian national team matches take place at Bishan Stadium, Singapore. The AFF Cup 2020 was held at the center due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ant / OL-1)