January 3, 2014

Spurs to participate in Nutifood Cup‏, Vietnam

I realise that with a NLD tomorrow, blogging about an Under-19 tournament in Vietnam seems somewhat irrational, but I was intrigued to see earlier that we are late entrants to the Nutifood Cup.

Participation in this tournament means that we’ve had to postpone two Barclays Under-18 Premier League fixtures – the game at home to Southampton this Saturday and another away to West Bromwich Albion next weekend. To do so, John McDermott and his team must see this opportunity as incredibly worthwhile. McDermott’s belief in tournament experience as an important part of the development of young players has been well documented, and in an interview on the official site he seemed enthused:

“We’re going as a replacement for another European side so everything’s been a little bit last minute, but we just thought it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

We play against the Japanese and Vietnamese national sides as well as Roma so they’ll be three really tough games in heat and humidity. It’s a really invaluable lesson for our lads to go through.”

It’s an Under-19 tournament and is so-called because one of the co-organisers (along with Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), HA.GL Group and Eximbank) is the ‘Nutifood Nutrition Food Joint Stock Company’. The winning team receives $100,000 in prize money.

The fixtures are as follows – times are local times, which I believe are GMT+7.

January 6:
15:40: Tottenham Hotspur v Japan
18:00: Vietnam v AS Roma

January 8:
15:40: AS Roma v Tottenham Hotspur
18:00: Vietnam v Japan

January 10:
15:40: Japan v AS Roma
18:00: Vietnam v Tottenham Hotspur

I would guess that the squad is something like the below, but there is no official squad list available as yet.

Daniel Akindayini
Luke Amos
Dominic Ball
Laste Dombaxe
Antony Georgiou
Cy Goddard
Shayon Harrison
Filip Lesniak
Aaron McEneff
Luke McGee
Alex McQueen
Darren McQueen
William Miller
Nathan Oduwa
Connor Ogilvie
Josh Onomah
Joe Pritchard
Emmanuel Sonupe
Kane Vincent-Young
Harry Voss
Kyle Walker-Peters
Anton Walkes
Harry Winks

NB: Some squads appearing online included Veljkovic and Michael-Percil (who definitely haven’t travelled), and didn’t include Dombaxe or Alex McQueen (who have), so are inaccurate.

Look out for more news on the official site from Monday morning, and keep an eye on Wiziwig for potential streams, as the matches are being televised in Asia.

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  • koko61 says:

    Hi Windy.
    Any idea if this tournament will be televised ?
    Also what is your take on Anthony Georgiou. Do you think he will be a future 1st team player?

    • koko61 says:

      Sorry just see about match been televised .
      That’s what happens when an old fart like me readsj from a tablet. Definitely need to go spec savers 🙁

  • bachiano says:

    you can watch the games live on youtube 🙂

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