Terens Puhiri’s Unique Career: Viral on YouTube, Plays at Madame Pang’s Club, Now Called by the National Team

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“So the only Borneo FC player who was called to try out against Timor Leste.”

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NBCNEWS – Terens Puhiri had to wait a long time to get the call for the Indonesian national team in a match titled FIFA matchday. The tiny winger of Borneo FC needed a tough struggle to get an opportunity from Shin Tae-yong.

As PSSI announced, the trial match against Timor Leste at the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Gianyar, Monday (24/1/2022) and Thursday (27/1/2022), 27 players were called up. One of them Terens. He will be the sole envoy of Pesut Etam “replacement” for Marcho Sandy.

Borneo manager, Dandri Dauri, said that Terens’ call made all elements of the team proud. This can be a trigger for other players to perform optimally in Liga 1 2021/2022.

“This means that Terens’ game is considered very worthy at the international level, even though the status of the match will only be FIFA matchday. However, this proves that Borneo players have quality,” said Dandri on the club’s official website from Samarinda, East Kalimantan.

During the AFF Cup 2020 in Singapore some time ago, Borneo also contributed Sandy as the only player called Tae-yong. Even though he didn’t get minutes to play, Sandy’s presence was able to ignite the spirits of his teammates, one of them was Terens.

“And now it’s Terens who gets the opportunity to feel Shin Tae-yong’s training touch. The pride of a football player is when he gets the trust to defend his country,” added Dandri.

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For Terens, this summoning was quite a matter of pride. The reason is, to become a national player, the young man born in Jayapura, October 13, 1996, had to go through a winding road.

Starting from SSB Numbay Star Papua and selected as the Best Player of Danone Cup Indonesia 2008, Terens then joined the PSSI project in Uruguay, namely Deportivo Indonesia. From there, the owner of the name Terens Owang Priska Puhiri joined Persisam Putra Samarinda U-21. Then, when Borneo was formed, Terens became one of the players recruited.

On 23 October 2017, on week 31 of Liga 1 2017, Terens’ action went viral on YouTube and became the talk of the whole world. At that time, he scored a super fast solo run against Mitra Kukar. That said, his speed is juxtaposed with great players like Michael Owen and Neymar.

The viral video footage turned out to be a blessing for Terens. He is widely known abroad. As a result, on 20 December 2017, Terens got a contract from Thailand’s elite club, Port FC. He was in Bangkok on loan from Borneo for one season.

Despite only being a substitute and playing 11 times in Thai League 1, Terens learned many valuable lessons. The reason is, he works at a club managed by the War Elephant team manager at the 2020 AFF Cup, Nualphan Lamsam aka Madame Pang.

Now, with Tae-yong’s summons, Terens hopes to improve. Moreover, this season he has contributed four goals in Liga 1. “For sure, I will work hard during the training camp so that I can get a place in the international test (match),” said Terens.

(andri ananto/you)

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