Please note, this is the second U-16 AFF Cup title for the U-16 Indonesian National Team after winning the first time in 2018. Meanwhile, this is Bima Sakti’s first title as a tactician. Well, Okezone will discuss the profile of the Milky Way who contributed greatly during the journey of the U-16 Indonesian National Team in this age group tournament.
Milky Way Profile
Bima Sakti was born in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, January 23, 1976. Before becoming a coach, Bima Sakti was one of the mainstay midfielders of the Indonesian national team. The 46-year-old man is known for his strong stamina and hard kick while active as a footballer.
Bima Sakti’s junior career started by playing for Ossiana Sakti and PKT Junior. Bima Sakti’s career took off in 1994 when he was chosen to train with Sampdoria Primavera. At that time, he was selected along with other talented players, such as Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto and Kurnia Sandi.
Please note, Sampdoria Primavera was coached by the legendary coach from Sweden, Sven Goran Erikson. As a result, the knowledge and abilities of the Milky Way’s football are also increasing.
The Milky Way continued his career in the country. He also defended several big Indonesian clubs, such as Pelita Jaya, Pelita Solo, PSM Makassar, PSPS Pekanbaru, Persiba Balikpapan, Persema Malang, Perseba Bangkalan, Mitra Kukar and Gresik United.
Bima Sakti’s best achievement was winning the 1999-2000 Indonesian League with PSM. He ended his professional career, which spanned since 1993, at Persiba in 2017.
Meanwhile, Bima Sakti had a career in the Indonesian national team in 1995-2001. He was able to record 58 appearances with the Garuda Squad and was often trusted to be the captain.
After retiring, Bima Sakti became an assistant to Coach Luis Milla who was in charge of the U-22 Indonesian National Team and the senior Indonesian National Team. At that time, the U-22 Indonesian National Team won a bronze medal at the 2017 SEA Games and fell in the last 16 of the 2018 ASIAN Games.
Luis Milla also stepped down from his position. Luis Milla’s position was replaced by Bima Sakti in the 2018 AFF Cup. However, the Indonesian national team was knocked out in the group phase with one win, one draw and two defeats.
Bima Sakti did not continue his coaching career in the Indonesian national team. Even so, he has been trusted to coach the U-16 Indonesian National Team since 2019. In the 2019 AFF U-16 Cup, Bima Sakti was only able to lead the U-16 Indonesian National Team to the semifinals and thus failed to defend the title won in 2018.
However, the Milky Way paid for the failure in the 2022 AFF U-16 Cup. After defeating Vietnam at the Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman, Friday 12 August 2022, Bima Sakti also lifted the 2022 AFF U-16 Cup trophy.