Senin 04 Dec 2023 08:20 WIB

Indonesia Learned Valuable Lessons from Hosting U17 World Cup

This is momentum to advance the sport of football in the country.

Rep: Febrianto Adi Saputro/ Red: Fitriyan Zamzami
Holding the U17 World Cup in Indonesia (illustration)
Foto: Republika/Thoudy Badai
Holding the U17 World Cup in Indonesia (illustration)

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, SOLO -- Minister of Communications and Informatics (Menkominfo), Budi Arie Setiadi, is satisfied with the U17 World Cup 2023 in Indonesia. There are many valuable lessons that Indonesia can learn from this world level championship.

Budi Arie said that the experience of celebrating the 2023 U17 World Cup could be valuable capital to hold similar level goals in the future, including one of them hosting the senior level World Cup.

“This U17 World Cup 2023 is a lesson that we as a country are capable of hosting world-class events,” Budi Arie said during a press conference at the Information Center for the U17 World Cup 2023 at the Solia ZiGna Kampung Batik Hotel, Solo.

“A world-class championship like this definitely lifts our name because it has hosted a World Cup, even though the level is still U17. It is not impossible that one day we will host a senior World Cup,” he added.

In addition to the experience of hosting which is considered a success, Budi also said this championship should be utilized as momentum to advance the roundskin world in the Homeland.

“We have to learn from this championship. Admittedly there are still many obstacles and challenges, but we have to be optimistic one day our football achievements will improve and also our readiness as hosts has also been tested. We're doing well,” he said.

The 54-year-old also appealed to the public to stop the bullying that targeted Indonesian national players after failing to advance to the knockout phase of the 2023 U17 World Cup.

“It's a pity that the Indonesia U17 team failed to qualify for the group stage. However, the spirit that the players have shown is amazing. I ask for help, our players don't get bullied all the time,” he said.

“I also appeal to netizens. These are young players, if they are thrown in medsos, then their mentality will fall. Moreover, they are very young, their careers are still very long to be able to defend the nation and the country in the upcoming events,” he added.

Budi was also satisfied with the number of spectators in attendance at the 2023 U17 World Cup. According to him, during this championship, Indonesia has been able to meet the average attendance given by FIFA.

“We'll see later in the final, I'm optimistic that our people still want to watch the final between two really good teams, Germany and France. Don't be discouraged about the audience, because we have exceeded FIFA's targets,” he said.

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