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FAS' REPLY TO MEDIA QUERY REGARDING UNDER-15 NATIONAL TEAM FRIENDLIES IN INDONESIA

“Our Under-15 National Team had a heavy schedule, playing two games in three days against two different older age-group teams, which is very physically demanding on the boys. The opponents were not only older but also physically stronger than our boys. Fitness is an area we have identified as a weakness of our youth players, and we have actively been trying to improve their strength and fitness levels via specific programmes per age-category for more than a year now.

“We are now in the midst of preparing for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Youth Championships in July and the 2018 Asian Football Confederation Under-16 Championships qualifications in September. We will be facing strong teams in both tournaments, such as Australia and Thailand in the former and Japan and Malaysia in the latter. We will also face Indonesia in the AFF Under-15 Youth Championships. It is important for us to play strong teams in our preparations so that we can progress and improve. The planned preparation programme will continue, and the long-term development remains our main target.”

- Michel Sablon, Technical Director

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