Gluscevic: Winning this game means a lot for the boys

The scoreline clearly did not surprise National Football Academy Under-16 coach Dejan Gluscevic as he said that his team had planned things out prior to the tournament.

 “I am not surprised about the game and the score," said the former Tanjong Pagar player.

"Everything we have discussed during the season happened on the field.

“I was impressed with Ajax's passing game. It was a good match and we were forced to move tha ball at a high pace. Winning this game means a lot for the boys as they had sacrificed much of their private time to succeed as footballers.”

Gluscevic also took a moment to thank the organisers for making this tournament possible as it gives the team an opportunity to assess their goals against, what is probably, the best soccer academies in the world.

As for team captain, Adam Swandi, he said: “We’re a team that never gives up. We kept playing and eventually we scored the equaliser. Our team is not about individual efforts (but rather a team effort).”

Defender R. Aaravin agreed with his captain adding: “Training helped us a lot to win this game, and (although) we conceded a goal, we never give up and kept fighting till the last minute.”

Ajax coach, Michel Kreek congratulated the Singapore team for their win and said that it was an entertaining game in which his team eventually lost out to a goal at the end.

“Despite the lost, we are satisfied with the overall performance of the players against opponents who are a year older,” said Kreek

“That [and] the boys are still jet-lagged from their long flight from Europe to Singapore and we’re not used to playing 40 minutes.”

"Mistakes cost us the two goals, but this is football. Now we have to regroup and we must aim to beat Porto in our next game, and we’re confident about it.”

The former Ajax defender also touched on the Singapore team as he said: "Mahathir Azeman and captain Adam Swandi are great players and the Singapore team spirit is great.”

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