S’PORE U-11 BOYS FINISH 3RD AT YOUTH WORLD CUP IN SWEDEN

Could they be Singapore’s next generation of top footballers?

Last month, a team of 12 boys, all local-born and led by former international Steven Tan, ventured into the unknown when they flew all the way to Gothenburg, Sweden, to take part in the Gothia Cup.

The tournament is dubbed as the Youth World Cup for its scale — 1,650 teams from 73 countries took part in 15 boys’ and girls’ categories from Under-11 to Under-19 this year.

Showing no fear or nerves, the Under-11 boys from the F-17 Fandi Ahmad’s Academy of Football Excellence won seven out of eight matches — all against European opposition in a seven-a-side format — to finish third out of 124 teams in their category, losing only to eventual champions TJK Legion Tallinn from Estonia in the semi-finals.

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