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Indonesia vs Iraq National Team Captain War in 2026 World Cup Qualification: Asnawi Faces the Gentlemen, Who’s Afraid!

Justin Hubner is optimistic that the Indonesian National Team can beat Iraq, when the two clash at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta on Thursday (6/6).

“You have to win so you can advance to the next phase,” said Justin Hubner in a steady tone.

Iraq will be the guests of Justin Hubner and friends in the second round of the 2026 World Cup Qualification match in the Asian zone. At the first meeting at Basra International Stadium, Iraq, in November 2023, Indonesia lost 1-5.

This is the right moment to settle your revenge. The additional three points from the Mesopotamian Lions are very important to ensure Indonesia’s progress to the third qualifying round.

Packing seven points, Indonesia is currently in second place in Group F or below Iraq as the leader without being defeated in four matches.

After Iraq, Shin Tae-yong’s team will also host the Philippines on June 11 at the same place.

Very different from the squad that first lost in Iraq, Indonesia is now packed with a number of the newest international players such as Justin Hubner, Jay Idzes, Thom Haye, Ivar Jenner and Ragnar Oratmangoen.

It is hoped that this additional fresh blood will further boost the performance of the Garuda Team, both against Iraq and the Philippines.

The support of thousands of loyal supporters of the Indonesian National Team has certainly increased the fighting spirit of Asnawi Mangkualam and his friends to beat the team coached by Jesus Casas.

Ahead of the clash, Shin Tae-yong continues to prepare his squad, including evaluating all the players after the friendly duel versus Tanzania at the Madya Jakarta Stadium which ended in a goalless draw some time ago.

The two coaches, Shin Tae-yong and Jesus Casas, have certainly prepared various schemes to anticipate what will be presented throughout the match.

And, which is no less important, the role of the two captains as leaders also really determines the final result.

While waiting for the duel that the Indonesian people and the Iraqi people are eagerly awaiting, let’s take a moment to explore the extent of the roles of the two captains.

Asnawi Mangkualam

The captain’s armband around his arm proves that Asnawi Mangkualam is a very important figure for coach Shin Tae-yong.

For Shin Tae-yong, age does not seem to be a benchmark for a player to become a leader and Asnawi is the best example.

Shin Tae-yong fell in love with the former PSM Makassar player when he was first trusted to coach the Indonesian National Team in 2020.

STY then appointed Asnawi Mangkualam as captain in the 2020 AFF Cup and he continued to hold this prestigious position until he was promoted to the senior team.

“This is a belief and I have to carry it out as best as possible,” said Asnawi Mangkualam.

In terms of play, this 24 year old defender is a modern defender who is in line with STY’s fast game which relies on short passes.

Asnawi Mangkualam’s speed and courage in charging forward from the right sector also often results in goal opportunities.

Against Tanzania yesterday, for example, Port FC players created at least two assists, but the crows were maximized well by Thom Haye and Shayne Pattynama.

His slashes are also very feared by any attacker. Manchester United’s young star, Alejandro Garnacho, once rolled around on the grass at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta after being cut by Asnawi Mangkualam when the Argentine national team visited Indonesia in mid-2023.

How to fight Iraq? The 1-5 defeat certainly made Asnawi Mangkualam play more alertly, without having to reduce his ferocity in guarding the Mesopotamian Lion spears.

Jalal Hassan

If Indonesia is led by a young captain, Iraq is the opposite. As he turns 33 years old, Jalal Hassan’s charm has not died out.

His high flying hours as well as his totality and loyalty with the Mesopotamian Lions make him born on May 18 1991 the right choice as captain.

In Iraq, Jalal Hassan’s brilliant career did not just fall from the sky. He started from the bottom, from the Iraq U-20 National Team. Despite fierce competition, Jalal Hassan continued to fight and in 2011 was promoted to the senior team.

His extraordinary dedication has led Iraq to become the strongest in the 2023 Arabian Gulf Cup. Not only is he known as a captain who can bridge senior players and young talents, Jalal Hassan is also the main goalkeeper who has been irreplaceable in recent years.

So far, Al-Zawraa’s players have made 81 appearances with the Iraqi national team with 35 clean sheets.

Considering his enormous responsibility, Jalal Hassan often gives advice and even reprimands to his colleagues, especially during matches.

So, that’s a brief explanation of the two captains. Who will smile at the end of the match? Asnawi Mangkualam or Jalal Hassan?

Match Schedule

2026 World Cup Qualification Asia Zone

Thursday, June 6, 2024

  • Indonesian vs Iraq National Team
  • Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, Jakarta
  • Kick-off: 16.00 WIB
  • Live: RCTI
  • Live Streaming: Vision+

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