A rare opportunity finally achieved by 11 Indonesian young football players. They planted their foot on the grass stadium of Old Trafford and play against Manchester United U-17. The rare opportunity is actually part of the football program from CLEAR Indonesia called “Ayo! Indonesia Bisa” Academy 2015 in which to seek talented young football players in Indonesia and undergo the process of talent scouting in 16 cities across Indonesia, from Aceh to Papua, to procure 11 of the best young football players. After passing the regional selection that involved more than 8.000 participants in various regions and cities, the 11 talented players were finally sent to Manchester United Soccer School to receive professional training. After three days of professional practice in the Partington youth academy complex, part of Manchester United academy, the kids were also given the opportunity to have a friendly match with the Manchester United U-17 team at the Theatre of Dreams on Monday, May 25th 2015.

For your quick information, the average posture of Manchester United U-17 players are greater than the kids of Indonesia, however, it did not stop them to enjoy the game and applied the exercise pattern that they had received earlier. According to Quinton Fortune who is the former player of Manchester United, he mentioned that,”I think both teams have shown a good game. This is what we all expect, an entertaining game. United players do what they usuually do, have an immediate reaction quickly after conceding. But I think you (Indonesian team) are better than them in the first round. Be confident. If you are in the opponent’s penalty box area, do not be afraid to have one on one duel, show you skills.” In this game, the Indonesian team had to lost one of their central defender named Agung because of his knee and automatically must borrow a reserve player from Manchester United U-17 team. However, it did not much them help as they were conceded five more goals, with the final result of 5-1 for Manchester United U-17 team.

Despite losing and some players being disappointed, their coach Robinson said that the Indonesian team has the talent and love for the game, despite being flaws. He recalled that although the Indonesian team play with only 11 people it does not stop them from being able to score a goal and show what they are about. He further mentioned, “”Well played. Although you guys scored first but, one thing that distinguishes you with them is that they can defend better. It is okay because they have practiced for days. And we have done everything, took care of the ball position, played short passes, attack from the sides, and also created good movement. We made lots of chances, as they were probably six or seven clean chances in the first round. Good job guys! It is okay, you guys are doing well, applause to you.” Right after the Indonesia team left the locker room and walked back to the field, they were greeted by the United’s first team midfielder, Juan Mata. They had a chance to have a photograph with him and shake his hand. For complete story about the Indonesian young football players who practiced professionally and played with Manchester United Soccer School please watch the official videos above and below. Presented by CLEAR Indonesia

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