Sydney FC, Laos confirm participation in U21 football event

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Sydney FC and Laos have confirmed they will participate in the Thanh Nien-sponsored Under-21 International Football Tournament played in Gia Lai Province from October 13-21.

Sydney FC is one of the strongest teams in Australia. The club's young players are preparing for Australian U21 National Championship to begin on October 20.

Accepting the invitation from the International contest in Gia Lai, Sydney FC's U21s will have their first match against AIS delayed three days.

In an email sent to the Vietnam Football Federation and the organizers of the event in Pleiku Town, Ian Johnson, head of the U21 Sydney FC team, said the contest in Pleiku would be a very significant event in preparing the club's young players for the U21 football championship in Australia.

A notable presence in the Australian team to Vietnam this time is head coach Brian Dene, who is assistant coach of the Australian youth team. He has helped several young Australian footballers play brilliantly in the U17 and U19 FIFA World Cup events.

Some of the best players in the U21 Sydney FC team include strikers Alec Urosevski, who is 1.93 meters tall, and Nikola Taneski - 1.89 meters tall, and Tom Slater.

Goalkeeper Ryan Norval, midfielder and play maker Anthony Kalik as well as midfielders like Lukas Stergiou and Rino Zenari will present great challenges for the Southeast Asian teams, including hosts Vietnam.

Laos has said that its team, with some players who are 22, will arrive in Pleiku Thursday with coach Somsack Keodara at the helm.

Somsack said his young wards are training in preparation for the South East Asian Games 2013 in Myanmar, where they are aiming at a top four finish.

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