ACCURATE.CO, Madura United (MU) young winger, Ronaldo Joybera Kwateh, has reportedly received an offer to play abroad. However, for now, the 17-year-old player chooses to remain in Indonesia.
Mentioning the name Ronaldo Kwateh, certainly reminds us of the legendary figure of a foreign player in the Indonesian League in the early 2000s, namely Roberto Kwateh.
Sure enough, Ronaldo Kwateh is the son of the Liberian footballer. Long time in Indonesia, Roberto married a woman from Bantul, Yogyakarta.
So, Ronaldo Kwateh certainly has Indonesian-Liberian blood. Currently, at the age of only 17 years, Ronaldo also has a place in the Indonesian national team.
Ronaldo Kwateh was included in the 36 players who were called by PSSI to take part in the TC and U-18 national team selection in Turkey, which was held from November 16 to December 1.
Not until there, happy news was also conveyed by his father, Roberto, if Ronaldo Kwateh was glimpsed by foreign teams. So, what is the decision?
“There were several offers (from outside teams), but Ronaldo focused on Madura United and the Indonesian national team first,” said Roberto Kwateh to the media, quoted from the Wunderkid website.
Previously, Ronaldo Kwateh had set a record as the youngest player to make his debut in the 2021 BRI Liga 1 competition, at the age of 16 years and 10 months.
At that time, Ronaldo appeared to defend Madura United, when he tried PS Tira Persikabo. The squad made by Rahmad Darmawan also managed to hold a draw at 1-1.
Until now, Ronaldo Joybera Kwateh has recorded 251 minutes of play, from seven Madura United matches this season. So, it’s not wrong if he gets a place in the U-18 national team
Entered the U-23 National Team at 17 years old
Previously, Ronaldo Kwateh was also called to strengthen the U-23 Indonesian National Team during a visit to Tajikistan. In fact, Ronaldo is still 17 years old.
“I was shocked and couldn’t believe that coach Shin Tae-yong was called to the U-23 national team. I had to try hard and fight to get a place in the team later,” he said.
The footballer who was born on October 19, 2004 admitted that he was not inferior even though he was the youngest player in the U-23 national team squad.
The experience of being coached by Shin Tae-yong makes him optimistic that he can compete in the U-18 National Team, and is ready to give his best for the 2023 U-20 World Cup later.