Monday, June 19, 2017


Fachri Guides Under 16s Triumph In Vietnam

Tien Phong Plastics Cup 2017

Vietnam v Taiwan 5-2
Myanmar v Indonesia 1-4

Indonesia v Vietnam 1-1
Taiwan v Myanmar 2-2

Taiwan v Indonesia 0-11
Vietnam v Myanmar 0-0

1 - Indonesia 3 2 1 16-2 7
2 - Vietnam 3 1 2 0 6-3 5
3 - Myanmar 3 0 2 1 3-6 2
4 - Taiwan 3 0 1 2 3-18 1

7 - Rendy Juliansyah (ASIOP)
3 - Hamsah Lestaluhu (ASAD 313), Brylian Aldama (JSSL Chelsea)
2 - Amiruddin Bagus (JSSL Chelsea)
1 - Andre Okaviansyah (Pelita Jaya)

Player of the tournament - Hamsa Lestaluhu
Top scorer - Rendy Juliansyah
Coach of the tournament - Fachri Husaini

A pretty impressive showing by the young Indonesians as they return from Vietnam with a trophy in their hands and medals around their neck. Credit also must go to coach Fachri, a name I have been familiar with since I started covering local football 11 years ago.

Born in Lhokseumawe in Aceh province in 1965 as a player Fachri is best known for his time with Bontang where he played from 1991 to 2001. I have never been to Bontang, in East Kalimantan but those who have say it isn't the easiest place to get to being about a six hour drive from the nearest airport Balikpapan. For Fachri and his team mates that meant every away game was a trek and a half just to board the plane!

After hanging up his boots Fachri continued his involvement with Bontang coaching the side from 2008 for a number of years before getting involved with age group sides at the PSSI. Out of sight, out of mind, Fachri may only now be getting the credit his hard work deserves but if he is expecting any kind of rest he is greatly mistaken. 

After the fasting month is over he will be taking his young charges to Thailand to compete in the AFF Under 15 Championships along with the Thais, Myanmar, Laos and Australia. Hopefully the team get used to the spicey Thai food; they will be back in September for the qualifying round of the AFC Under 16 Championship when they go up against Northern Mariana Islands, Timor Leste, Thailand and Laos.

Happy days for Indonesian fans.

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