Rachmat Irianto has been officially appointed as the captain of the Persebaya Surabaya team in the 2021 Liga 1.
The certainty of Rian, his nickname as team captain, was conveyed directly by coach Aji Santoso.
The appointment of the legendary son of Persebaya Bejo Sugiantoro itself is not a strange thing.
Rian has been trusted to carry out the role of captain during the 2021 Menpora Cup yesterday.
Last 2020 season, he was also one of the three captains chosen to lead the Bajol Ijo squad.
At that time, Rian became the captain with Makan Konate and Hansamu Yama.
“The permanent captain, Rian (Rachmat Irianto),” said Aji Santoso, quoted from Surya Wednesday (1/9/2021).
The appointment of Rian himself was not because of his choice.
Even though he is only 19 years old, Rian is considered to have matured like his seniors.
He has so far recorded 28 appearances for Persebaya.
In Liga 1 2019, Rian, who was 17 years old at that time, had made 17 appearances and scored 1 goal.
This record could increase if Rian was not called up to strengthen the national team at the 2019 SEA Games.
After returning from the national team, he was trusted to be the captain of Persebaya against Persija Jakarta.
The first time he became captain, Rian managed to bring his team to overthrow Persija with a score of 2-1.
Some time ago, Rian was also given the mandate of the coach of the Indonesian U-23 national team, Shin Tae-yong to lead the troops.
It happened when the U-23 national team had a trial against Tira Persikabo and Bali United.