Indonesia’s Bachdim: I went to Japan to become a champion

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Indonesia's Irfan Bachdim

’s  expressed confidence on Saturday that he would bring an 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 match for 13th-placed Ventforet, but the fan favorite has played in both the 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.”