Ajax U19 to play in Vietnam international tournament

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Famous Dutch soccer club Ajax Amsterdam's U19 team will play in the under-19 international tournament for the Nutifood Cup in Ho Chi Minh City next January.

Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) vice chairman Le Hung Dung said Sunday: "Basically, the Ajax U19 team have accepted the invitation. Now the VFF is completing the procedures to sign a contract with the ... team."

If nothing changes from here on, the 2014 Nutifood Cup would see Vietnam U19 take on counterparts from Barcelona, Ajax, and Japan, Dung said.

Earlier Japan and Spanish giants Barcelona accepted the VFF's invitation and promised to send their young players to the tournament.

English Premier club Arsenal were also expected, but they could not make it.

Of the three foreign teams, Barcelona are considered the strongest after becoming the first team to book a second round berth in the ongoing U19 UEFA Youth League.

Japan are a leading team in Asia while Ajax have long been known to have one of the best youth football programs in the world.

The Nutifood Cup is scheduled to be held at the Thong Nhat Stadium from January 6 to 10.

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