JAKARTA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian U19 team will undergo training in Thailand and seek to face a South Korean side there before participating in the 2020 AFC U19 championship, a coach said here on Friday.
A total of 28 Indonesian football players will leave for Thailand on January 20, according to the team's coach Shin Tae-yong.
"I see they have specialties and different capabilities for persons with their respective positions," Shin said.
Shin, also the manager of the Indonesian squad said that several soccer teams from South Korea will come to Thailand at the same time, which may allow the Indonesian soccer team to have a friendly match with one of them.
"We will have training in Chiang Mai because the clubs from South Korea will visit (the city). So, we have to compete with a team from South Korea, and therefore we decided to come to Thailand," he said.
Shin, a South Korean national, was appointed coach and manager of the Indonesian U19 squad in December last year. He was the coach of the South Korean national team in the 2018 World Cup.
The coach said as he has not fully mastered the characteristics of the Indonesian football players, he would hold a meeting with the team of coaches in the Indonesian U19 team.
Indonesia will take part in the 2020 AFC U19 championship scheduled to be held from October 14 to 31 in Uzbekistan, local media reported.