Indonesia’s Irfan Bachdim expressed confidence on Saturday that he would bring an AFF Suzuki Cup title to the nation of 252 million.
The Ventforet Kofu midfielder spoke to fans and reporters at a trophy tour event in Jakarta.
“I’m motivated to become a champion, I want to work hard,” Bachdim told the crowd. “That’s why I went to Japan to play in their league, [in order] to become better and more fit.
“It’s my dream; I’ve trained hard and as you can see I’m more fit than I was four years ago.”
The 26-year-old is yet to appear in a J-League match for 13th-placed Ventforet, but the fan favorite has played in both the J-League Nabisco Cup as well as the Emperor’s Cup. After a 15-month absence from the national team, Bachdim returned to international action in July with a late equalizer in Indonesia’s 2-2 draw at Qatar.
Having been recalled to Garuda for the ASEAN tournament, which begins on November 22 in Vietnam, Bachdim wants to bring the trophy back to Jakarta – this time for good.
“We’ve got the greatest supporters who deserve to have the trophy in Indonesia,” he told the tournament’s official website. “We as a team will fight to make that happen.”