Although only a football club, the quality of Borneo FC U-19 can not be underestimated. Of the ten group stage matches, they only lost once and three draws. The rest matches were ended with a win.
Nice results in each match, making Pesut Junior finish as champions of Group C and collected 21 points. Outperformed Persipura Jayapura U-21 in second place with 16 points. While Perseru Serui was surprisingly finish in the third position and collected 14 points.
The success of Borneo FC U-19 is because they have players, and some of them were played for Indonesia Junior National Team. Such as Dody Alfayed and Habibi as the captain.
Besides them, there are also other names selected. Before the U-19 competition started, the coach team of Borneo FC U-19 have come to four cities to find good players, they went to Kupang, Malang, Makassar, and Samarinda.
While from Thailand U-19 happened a major overhaul of the squad that followed the AFF Cup U-18 ago. A total of 15 names of 23 players who brought brand-new status. So naturally if in the last match they were defeated 3-0 by Indonesia U-19.
The number of new names makes the strength of the Young White Elephant reduced. It was mentioned by Marc Alavedra Palacios as the coach of Thailand U-19. He says his team has not been long enough to gather and do the exercises. "Some of our players even have new national team uniforms, so they still don't have a lot of minutes play," said Marc. (RIB/KOK)