Arabs to compete at Thanh Nien-sponsored football contest

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Iraq and Syria will send their U19 teams to the sixth edition of the Thanh Nien-sponsored Under-21 International Football Tournament October 11-21.

Iraq's U19s are very strong and they took brilliant wins at the qualifier of the U19 Asian Confederation Football 2012. They finished atop Group A after crushing Bangladesh 6-0, Maldives 9-0, Oman 4-1 and Saudi Arabia 3-2.

Syria's U19s finished atop Group D with four wins over Yemen 1-0, Palestine 2-0, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1-0 and Lebanon 1-0.

Syria's U19s and Iraq's U19s said that the Thanh Nien-sponsored Under-21 International Football contest would be an important opportunity for them to evaluate their teams and prepare for the final round of the U19 Asian Confederation Football 2012, to take place in the UAE November 1-14.

Singapore and Malaysia have also confirmed that would participate in the Under-21 International Football contest.

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