Arkhan Kaka Putra Purwanto (born 2 September 2007) is an Indonesian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Liga 1 club Persis Solo and the Indonesia national under-20 team.

Arkhan Kaka
Personal information
Full name Arkhan Kaka Putra Purwanto
Date of birth (2007-09-02) 2 September 2007 (age 16)
Place of birth Blitar, Indonesia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Team information
Current team
Persis Solo
Number 80
Youth career
SSB Tunas Muda Blitar
2019–2021 PSBK Blitar
2021–2022 Bhayangkara
2022– Persis Solo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2023– Persis Solo 8 (0)
International career
2022–2023 Indonesia U17 13 (11)
2023– Indonesia U20 4 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 24 February 2024
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 26 January 2024

Personal life edit

Arkhan Kaka was born in Blitar in East Java. His father, a former footballer who also plays as a striker named Purwanto Suwondo. His father has played for a number of Indonesian clubs, including Arema and Persebaya Surabaya.[2]

Club career edit

Persis Solo edit

Arkhan joined a Liga 1 club Persis Solo on 1 February 2022. Before he joined Persis Solo, he started his football career at SSB Tunas Muda Blitar. Then, he had time to strengthen Bhayangkara FC at the Elite Pro Academy U-16 2022. He became one of club's top scorers.[3][4]

He made his first-team debut on 4 April 2023 after replacing Irfan Bachdim in the 70th minute, which ended 3–1 defeat against Persib Bandung at Pakansari Stadium.[5] At just 15 years old, he was recorded as the youngest player in the Indonesian league history from 1994 to 2023.[6]

International career edit

In the selection process in May 2021, the process of his struggle to enter the national team squad did not go smoothly. His name was even crossed out by the Indonesia under-17 team head coach, Bima Sakti. Luckily in Elite Pro Academy U-16 2022, Arkhan managed to prove his ability, and he passed the selection of the Indonesia under-17 team.[3]

In July 2022, he made his debut on the 2022 AFF U-16 Youth Championship against Philippines U-17 which he scored one goal in that match. Arkhan and his national team won in the final stage against Vietnam U-17 and achieved their champion on the tournament which Arkhan scored a total of two goals.[7]

On 5 October 2022, Arkhan scored a quadtrick against Guam U-17 in a 14-0 win at the 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup qualification.[8]

In January 2023, Arkhan was called up by Shin Tae-Yong to the Indonesia under-20 team for the training centre in preparation for 2023 AFC U-20 Asian Cup.[9] On January 17, 2023, Arkhan made his debut for the team against Fiji under-20 in a 4–0 win.

On 10 November 2023, Arkhan scored a goal against Ecuador U-17 in the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup group stage, which ended in a 1–1 draw. Thus, Arkhan became the first Indonesian to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup of any age-group.[10] On 13 November 2023, Arkhan scored another goal, this time against Panama U-17 in another 1–1 draw in the group stage.

Career statistics edit

International appearances edit

International under-17 appearances

As of 13 November 2023
Indonesia national under-17 team
Year Apps Goals
2022 9 9
2023 3 2
Total 12 11

International under-20 appearances

As of 19 February 2023
Indonesia national under-20 team
Year Apps Goals
2023 2 0
Total 2 0

International goals edit

International under-17 goals

As of 13 November 2023
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 July 2022 Maguwoharjo Stadium, Indonesia   Philippines 2–0 2–0 2022 AFF U-16 Youth Championship
2. 6 August 2022   Vietnam 1–1 2–1
3. 3 October 2022 Pakansari Stadium, Indonesia   Guam 1–0 14–0 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup qualification
4. 2–0
5. 3–0
6. 6–0
7. 5 October 2022   United Arab Emirates 2–0 3–2
8. 3–2
9. 9 October 2022   Malaysia 1–5 1–5
10. 10 November 2023 Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium, Indonesia   Ecuador 1–0 1–1 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup
11. 13 November 2023   Panama 1–1 1–1

Honours edit

International edit

Indonesia U-17

References edit

  1. ^ Arkhan Kaka at
  2. ^ "Arkhan Kaka, Mesin Gol Timnas Indonesia U-17". (in Indonesian).
  3. ^ a b "Profil Arkhan Kaka, Striker Tajam Ujung Tombak Timnas Indonesia U-17". (in Indonesian).
  4. ^ "Arkhan Kaka Putra Striker Ganas Timnas Indonesia U-16". (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2022-10-06. Retrieved 2022-10-06.
  5. ^ "Pemain Timnas Bocah Blitar Arkhan Kaka Pecahkan Rekor Pemain Termuda di Liga 1, Debut di Persis Solo". Tribunnews (in Indonesian). 5 April 2023. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Pecahkan Rekor Pemain Termuda Liga Indonesia, Arkhan Kaka Jalani Debut Bersama Persis Solo". (in Indonesian). 5 April 2023. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  7. ^ "Tentang Striker yang Menang Piala AFF U-16 2022". (in Indonesian).
  8. ^ "Cetak Quattrick di Kualifikasi Piala Asia U-17, Arkhan Kaka Samai Rekor Sang Ayah". (in Indonesian).
  9. ^ "Shin Tae-yong Panggil 30 Pemain untuk Persiapan Piala AFC U-20". PSSI - Football Association of Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  10. ^ "Hasil Piala Dunia U-17 2023 - Arkhan Kaka Cetak Gol Pertama, Timnas U-17 Indonesia Sama Kuat dengan Ekuador di Babak I". (in Indonesian). 10 November 2023. Retrieved 10 November 2023.