Col­lier eyes Shang­hai and soc­cer dream

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT -

A BEELIAR teenager will show off his soc­cer skills on the in­ter­na­tional stage af­ter he was se­lected to rep­re­sent WA in the up­com­ing Jin­shan In­ter­na­tional Youth Foot­ball Cup in Shang­hai.

Lewis Col­lier and 17 oth­ers in the un­der 16 squad will take on rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams from China, Nige­ria, Bahrain, Spain and the Czech Repub­lic in the round robin com­pe­ti­tion.

WA State team coach Garry Church said the play­ers had been train­ing for this op­por­tu­nity for the last two months and would ben­e­fit from this in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment.

“It will be great for the play­ers to go up against high­cal­i­bre op­po­si­tion from around the world,” he said.

“Our squad has been train­ing well over the past few weeks and it will be a great chal­lenge against such good op­po­si­tion and teams of play­ers who’ve been play­ing to­gether for quite some time.

“But we have ta­lented play­ers of our own and with the right at­ti­tude, which I’m sure all play­ers will have, they’ll per­form very well and get so much out of this, which will be an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.”

The Jin­shan In­ter­na­tional Youth Foot­ball Cup is on from July 21 to 30.

Pic­ture: Fo­toenzo

Lewis Col­lier (front left) and team­mates will com­pete in the Jin­shan In­ter­na­tional Youth Foot­ball Cup.

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