Irfan Shines as Indonesia Wins
Finally, Indonesian football lovers have the chance to see Irfan Bachdim on AFF Suzuki Cup Group Qualification in Jakarta between 1 and 7 December 2010. The trust given by Coach Alfred Riedl for him to play as second striker for the main striker Christian Gonzales was really paid off. He scored two goals in three games and exploring the field from one side to another side of the pitch.
With his European game style, he opened space for “el locco” Gonzales, Maniani, Arief Suyono, and Firman Utina, to attack the enemy defense line. His experience as player for FC Utrecht brings new spirit for other players in the team. Coach Riedl called him after playing for half season in ISL with Persema Malang. The funny thing about Bachdim was, he played his first football game with Persikad Depok, before he went to Netherland. Persikad Depok is now playing in lower division. People are now anxious on his next contribution for Indonesia, especially when Indonesia is running out young striker like him and Boaz. The era of Bambang Pamungkas, Ellie Aiboy, and Budi Sudarsono are about to end in a year or two. So, Bachdim, keep up the good play..!! (*)