Indonesian team celebrates winning the 2018 AFF U-16 Championship on Saturday (11/08). (Photo courtesy of Asean Football Federation)

Indonesia Beats Thailand, Wins AFF U-16 Championship for the First Time


AUGUST 12, 2018

Jakarta. Indonesian men's football team won the Asean Football Federation Under-16 Championship for the first time, beating Thailand on penalty kicks in the final match on Saturday (11/08).

Muhammad Fajar Fathur was the first to beat Thailand's goalie Anuchid Taweesri in the 33rd minute.

Thailand equalized in the 72nd minute with Apidet Janngam's score, after a perfect low cross from teammate Punnawat Chote-Jirachalton.

The score was tied at 1-1 until the 80th minute — in youth championships games are by 10 minutes shorter than on senior level. There was no extra time, the game went straight to the penalty shootout, during which Indonesian goalie Ernando Ari Sutaryadi blocked two shots from Thailand's Pongsakorn Innet and Janngam.

Sutan Diego Zico, Bagus, Rendy Juliansyah and David Maulana scored, ending the game with Indonesia's win by 4-3.

"All players have contributed to this success," said coach Fakhri Husaini after the game at Gelora Delta Stadium in Sidoarjo, East Java.

It was Indonesia's first time to win the tournament.

Striker Amiruddin Bagus Kahfi, although with no points in the final, became the tournament's top scorer with 12 goals.

Nearly 35,000 spectators watched Saturday's game in Sidoarjo.