Solo, Central Java (ANTARA) - Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi expressed satisfaction over the hosting of the 2023 U-17 World Cup, as several valuable lessons could be learnt from the international championship.

"The experience of holding the 2023 U-17 World Cup provided valuable resources to hold similar level competitions in the future, including the senior-level World Cup," Setiadi noted at the press conference here on Saturday.

Minister Setiadi visited the U-17 World Cup Information Center before watching the U-17 World Cup final between Germany and France.

During the visit, he was accompanied by the ministry's Director General of Public Information and Communication Usman Kansong, and his advisor, Widodo Muktiyo.

He affirmed that the U-17 World Cup in Indonesia demonstrated the country's ability to hold world-class events.

"The world championship like this definitely raised Indonesia's pride because it has hosted the World Cup, even though the level is still U-17. It is not impossible that Indonesia will host the senior World Cup one day," he stated.

He remarked that the U-17 World Cup was also a momentum to advance the national football achievements in future.

"We have to learn from this championship, and although there were still many obstacles and challenges, we must be optimistic that one day Indonesian football will achieve more, and our readiness as a host is proved well," he affirmed.

He also called on the people to continue to support and give encouragement to the Indonesian U-17 National Team players even though they failed in the group stage.

The U-17 World Cup was held in Indonesia from November 10 to December 2, 2023.

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Translator: Bambang M, Kenzu
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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