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PSSI’s Story of Elkan Baggott Was Ignored

Jakarta

Elkan Baggott made a confession about his journey to become a player for the Indonesian national team. He had sent an email to PSSI, but did not receive a reply.

The Bangkok-born player started his adventure by strengthening the Indonesia U-19 national team in July 2020. At that time he was one of the players being prepared for the 2021 U-20 World Cup.

Elkan Baggott also participated in a series of overseas U-19 National Team Training Center (TC) agendas in Croatia. His game stole the attention, knowing that his height was ideal to fill the defense line of the young Indonesian national team.

In the end, the U-20 World Cup was postponed to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The Indonesian national team coach Shin Tae-yong then promoted his name to the senior team.

Baggott then shone in the 2020 AFF Cup which was held in 2021. However, long before that there was Baggott’s struggle to steal PSSI’s attention in order to get a call to the Indonesian national team.

“That’s something I’ve always wanted to do (strengthen the Indonesian national team). The story is a bit funny. Since I signed with the academy (Ipswich Town), I’ve always wanted to strengthen the Indonesian national team,” said Baggott in a podcast with 433.

“So mom, dad, and I opened the official PSSI website and we tried small things, sending emails to tell us something about me. ‘See I’m a player who plays in England. Would you like to take me to the Indonesian national team?’,” he recalled the moment that.

But Elkan Baggott’s efforts were fruitless. The e-mails seem to have been ignored or read by PSSI people.

Luckily he had another way to make the federation aware of his whereabouts. The way these two worked, his name was then crowded on social media, and finally actually got a call from Shin Tae-yong.

“We didn’t get a reply, but there was a friend of mine who knew an agent who made me known and that’s how I really became a national team player,” said the player who is barely 2 meters tall.

(off/krs)

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