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Under-15s Set to Roar at Lion City Cup

Our U-15 boys in their centralised training at the Singapore Sports School. (Photo: Red Card Group)
 
The Lion City Cup, Singapore’s oldest football tournament that was founded in 1977 is set to kick-start today!

With top youth teams such as Juventus, Everton, Newcastle and CR Flamengo making the long flight down, organisers are hoping that in terms of football experience, this tournament will be the best edition yet.

The Singapore U-15 boys are set to kick-start the tournament with a match against the Newcastle U-15s and there is something about our boys that could make them the surprise package of the tournament.

Away from all the media attention, our U-15 boys have been quietly going about their preparations for this tournament.

Training twice a day at the Singapore Sports School since June 11, head coach Dejan Gluscveic has declared that his charges are definitely well prepared for their game against the boys from Newcastle, “This competition lets our players challenge themselves against the best and I believe we are ready for the test,” said the Gluscveic.

Though it may be added pressure on the boys, the Serb has reasons to be bullish. In February this year, Gluscevic led his boys to success at the 2011 International Youth Football Invitational tournament in Hong Kong.

Ravaging the host 4-1, Taiwan 6-2 and giving Guam an almighty 20-0 spanking, there is no doubt that these boys do possess talent and ability.

Buoyed by his team’s performance, especially recent wins against older opponents that also include our bronze winning Youth Olympic Games Football team, Gluscevic is even thinking about the possibility of going all the way in the tournament.

“We always have high targets…and at this age group we are teaching them to win every game and try to represent the country in the best way possible,” said the 43 year old.

It seems that such confidence and self-belief is already flowing in the veins of the boys as team captain Adam Swandi echoed the words of his coach, “I’m not nervous because our team is quite good.”

As broadcasting rights has been secured with sports network Eurosport, all 10 matches will be broadcasted ‘live’ across nearly 60 countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

With the majority of Europe and Asia watching, this could the platform that our local football boys have been waiting for, the chance to roar and show the world Singapore's capability to compete against top-class opponents.