Singapore's under-17 team put on decent showing in Japan

Singapore's under-17 side put up a good fight in the recent 2017 J.League under-16 Challenge League, finishing fourth out of seven teams in their group. 

This was the first time a Singapore side was invited to the tournament, with English Premier League outfit West Ham United among the other foreign invitees.

We would like to thank Japan Foundation, J.League and everyone else involved for inviting us to this tournament. We are getting precious experience every day in Japan

Singapore youth teams have not had much success in recent years but they impressed many in Japan, beating the likes of local side Giravanz Kitakyushu and eventual group winners, J.League 1 outfit Vegalta Sendai’s youth team.

However, defeats to Tokyo Verdy and FC Tokyo meant the young Singaporeans had to settle for a fourth-place finish.

“We would like to thank Japan Foundation, J.League and everyone else involved for inviting us to this tournament. We are getting precious experience every day in Japan,” said Singapore under-17 coach Takuya Inoue.

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In addition to testing themselves against some of Japan’s brightest youngsters, there was also plenty for the Singapore under-17s to experience off the field.

They watched a J1 League game between FC Tokyo and Sagan Tosu at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo shortly after arriving in Japan, which ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

They were also able to immerse themselves in the local culture, including a calligraphy session.