Domestic Competitions ● Dec 01, 2017
PVF SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS FAS U15 INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP
SINGAPORE, 1 DECEMBER 2017: Defending champions PVF emerged victorious in the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Under-15 International Challenge Cup 2017 after beating Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) 1-0 in the Final at Jalan Besar Stadium tonight.
Earlier in the day, Singapore Under-15 National Team secured their third place finish, beating Mauritius Under-15 National Team 4-3 on penalties after the match ended in a goalless draw at full time.
In attendance today was Guest of Honour FAS Vice-President Mr Razali Saad who presented the trophies and medals to champions PVF and first runners-up JDT.
Mr Razali Saad said: “Congratulations to PVF for a successful campaign. It has been a busy week for the boys and all the teams have performed admirably. We are pleased with the standard of football displayed throughout this tournament and hope that the boys have learnt from each other and gained valuable experience through this. Such international exchanges are hard to come by for the youth teams and we are happy that three of our local sides have been able to test their abilities against quality opposition.”
PVF Coach Mr Hua Hien Vinh said: “I always have faith in my team to win this tournament, and the team really played with all their might to win tonight’s game. This year, our team had to work a lot harder than last year because the opponents were stronger and gave us a tough fight.”
The champions PVF comprises seven players who played for the Vietnam Under-15 National Team in either the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Championship 2017 or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers. Vietnam emerged as champions in the AFF Under-15 Championship 2017 and qualified for the AFC Under-16 Championship 2018 by finishing second in their group, behind Australia.
This year, FAS hosted Under-15 teams from Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (Malaysia), PVF (Vietnam), Matsumoto Yamaga FC (Japan), St Monica’s College (Australia) as well as the Mauritius Under-15 National Team.
Mauritius FA representative Mr Ruben Barlen Sengayen, President of Finance and President of Beach Soccer and Futsal Committee said: “It’s the first time that we came here to Singapore to participate in the tournament. It’s a pleasure for us to be here and we would like to thank the FAS for inviting us. We saw a good level of competition among the teams, especially in the PVF and the Singapore National Under-15 team.”
Mr Masayuki Kato, Matsumoto Yamaga FC Grassroots Director, also had a positive experience at the tournament. He commented: “We had a good experience at the tournament. There were a good number of games and a comfortable schedule and we experienced playing against different teams such as the PVF and JDT. The teams were stronger that what we expected and they played with different strengths and speed compared to teams in Japan. For most of our players, this is their first trip overseas playing against foreign teams. We would like to thank the organisers and hopefully we will join again next year.”
The results of the FAS Under-15 International Challenge Cup 2017 are as follows:
Third Place Match
Singapore Under-15 National Team *
Mauritius Under-15 National Team 
* Singapore Under-15 National Team wins 4-3 on penalties
(Nguyen Quoc Hoang 18′)
Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) 
Most Valuable Player – Doan Chi Bao (PVF)
Best Goalkeeper – Jean Michel (Mauritius Under-15 National Team)
Team Fair Play – Singapore Under-15 National Team
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