Singapore under 21s to compete in four-team Nations Cup

The Singapore under-21 squad will go up against its counterparts from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam at the inaugural tournament. 

Singapore’s under-21 team will be participating in the inaugural Nations Cup in June this year.

The under-21 tournament will be held in Malaysia and feature teams from the host nation as well as Thailand and Vietnam.

Games will be played at Malacca’s Hang Jebat Stadium on June 3 and 5, with the top two teams advancing to the final.

The tournament will serve as a good gauge of where teams stand in the lead-up to the Southeast Asian Games in 2017.

“We are pleased to announce our participation in the Nations Cup, which offers our youth development squad the opportunities we are looking at to compete and graduate to the elite level,” Football Association of Singapore president Zainudin Nordin said.

“It is important for our national teams, including age-group national teams, to participate in more international matches and quadrangular competitions which will allow our players to obtain the required level of international exposure.”

Co-tournament organisers MP & Silva are hopeful the event will prove a success.

“The Nations Cup is more than just a regional football tournament. We view this as MP & Silva’s long-term investment in the region to cultivate the spirit of competitive football from a young age,” said MP & Silva Asia Pacific managing director Beatrice Lee.

“Football has a legacy longer than any sport and we are proud of this initiative to ensure that the sport continues to grow in Asia.”

Photo: Weixiang Lim / FFT