Reasons Indonesia Absent in Asian Cup Qualification 2019
Football fans in the country must be wondering where the Indonesian national team when its rivals from the ASEAN region are struggling to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup. Garuda troops are sidelined due to the punishment ever imposed AFC.
Currently a number of ASEAN countries are struggling to fight tickets to the Asian Cup 2019. Latest, arch-rivals Indonesia, Malaysia national team lost 0-2 from Hong Kong, Tuesday (10/10/2017).
Indonesia is absent in this event because AFC is not allowed to appear in the 2019 Asian Cup qualification. Indonesia has been dropped from the preliminary round of qualifying in 2015 because it was currently serving a freezing of FIFA penalties related to government intervention against PSSI.
As a result, the Indonesian national team could not participate in the 2018 World Cup Qualification as well as the 2019 Asian Cup.
At least, there are six countries from Southeast Asia who competed in the qualifying round for the finals. Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Myanmar and the Philippines are struggling.
The six Southeast Asian countries will compete with a number of other countries in Asia to enter the 2019 Asian Cup finals. Thailand is the only team from the ASEAN region that has ensured qualification for the 2019 Asian Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates.