Friday, 16 August 2013

East Asian Football Federation U18 Tournament – Guam

East Asian Football Federation U18 Tournament – Guam

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going to the tropical paradise of Guam, a place I have always wanted to visit. I wasn’t disappointed. The Island was beautiful and the locals were happy and friendly. The hospitality we enjoyed was second to none and I really want to publically thank our hosts, the EAFF and the Guam FA for their generosity and excellent organisation. My wife and I managed to find time for some rest and relaxation and I did some scuba diving, which was fantastic.
The main reason we were there however was to watch the EAFF U18 Tournament which was thoroughly enjoyable too. I am delighted to tell you that the Hong Kong team won the tournament with a 100% winning record. The Hong Kong team beat Macau, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, DPR Korea and Chinese Taipei. I was only there for the weekend so I couldn’t watch all of the matches but the ones I saw were very pleasing. The Hong Kong team performed really well and deserved their success. They controlled the games with some excellent passing and good movement off the ball. They worked hard for one another and took their chances very well. They were composed and organized throughout and looked a very mature side.
The discipline on and off the pitch was exemplary and testament to their character and that of the Coaching team. Coach Szeto and his colleagues deserve great credit for their work in preparing the team. I was very impressed and it gives me a lot of optimism for the future.
As a footnote, the Tournament was held at the Guam National Football Training Centre (pictured below). How envious I was of this excellent facility with its grass pitches, synthetic pitches, beach football court, futsal courts etc. I ask myself, how is it possible that a place like Guam with a population equivalent to 2.4% the size of Hong Kong can have a National Football Training Centre and we can’t? It’s quite embarrassing really.







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