McMenemy Highlight the Effect of Naturalization Players in the national team
Former Philippines coach Simon McMenemy is looking forward to much of the progress of Indonesian football. McMenemy who now handles club Liga 1 Bhayangkara FC, assessing the player’s naturalization strategy should not interfere with opportunities for young local players to grow in the Indonesian national team.
Bhayangkara FC Striker Ilija Spasojevic becomes the newest foreign player who is naturalized to be an Indonesian citizen (WNI). This opens Spaso opportunity to defend the Indonesian national team in various events such as international test matches until the 2018 Asian Games.
“It’s a challenge because Indonesia has a lot of talented players and only with a proper coaching structure you can dominate Southeast Asian football.If you win the national team games, people want to watch more often, start excited about the national team and the stadium will be crowded, McMenemy said after the match against Bhayangkara FC Persela Lamongan, Friday (27/10/2017).
The 39-year-old coach told how the Philippines populated many naturalized players. McMenemy exemplifies his team at the 2010 AFF Cup which has a British-Filipino bloody player, such as two brothers James Younghusband and Phil Younghusband.
“The Philippines has done it, they are naturalizing a bloody half-English-Filipino player but now there is a league there and the kids are starting to play the ball,” he said.
“Naturalization can be a good strategy but it is important for young players to have a chance too … Players like Ilham (Ilham Udin Armayn), Egy (Egy Maulana Vikri) should get a chance too .. Spaso is okay but the public wants to see young players from the national team,” said McMenemy .