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14 under-12’s to represent BFA in Indonesian Tournament

Fourteen under-12 players were selected to represent Brazilian Football Academy (BFA) in the upcoming Garuda International Cup from July 6 to 9 in Bogor, Indonesia.

The football tournament showcases exceptional youth talent from around the world, providing a platform for aspiring footballers to compete against top teams and gain experience.

BFA’s selection of 14 players reflects the academy’s commitment to providing its promising young athletes with international exposure and opportunities for growth.

Under the guidance of BFA’s experienced coaches, the BFA under-12 team has undergone rigorous training and preparation to ensure they are at their best for the prestigious tournament.

BFA Coach Md Eddie Fakhri Ajun Abdullah said in a press conference, “Hopefully our boys can create surprises.” He added, “We played against under-15 boys in Brunei to compensate with the physicality and intensity. Actually, the most important for the boys is that they do their best.

The Brazilian Football Academy Under-12 team set to play in the Garuda International Cup. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“I know that if they do their best and they don’t give up, nothing is impossible.”

BFA Coach David Keen Lam said, “This team has been together since they were eight years old. So, you can see the journey they’ve been through.

“They’ve been through a lot and they’ve been together for a long time. It is an eye-opener for everybody to bring the under-12 players out for an international tournament.”

The coach also praised the parents of the players who have played a crucial role in supporting their development.

Meanwhile, BFA Under-12 Team Captain Abdul Ali bin Mohamad Azam said, “I feel grateful to be team captain because I try to play my best and show my leadership skills. I would also like to thank my coach for selecting me.”

BFA Head Coach Edu Peixoto said, “The majority of the players have played for the under-8s and then the under-10s and now they are in the under-12 team.

“We watched the boys growing up and we couldn’t be more proud.”

The 14 players were also announced during a press conference at the Peak Club yesterday.

The event also witnessed a presentation of tokens of appreciation to the sponsors including Nissan, Boustead, Progresif and Sehat.

BFA’s participation in the Garuda Cup aligns with the academy’s mission to develop well-rounded individuals and exceptional footballers who can excel both on and off the field.

Participating teams from hosts Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Philippines will vie for top honours. – Fadhil Yunus