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The Serb acknowledges Singapore has been placed in a tough group, but is confident they will put on a good showing

National Football Academy Under-18 Head Coach Dejan Gluscevic is aware that his young starlets have been placed in a challenging group for the 2014 AFC Under-19 Qualifiers.

Singapore has been grouped together with hosts Thailand, North Korea and Brunei as part of Group H. The tournament will be held from October 8 to 12 in Bangkok, Thailand.

"Facing Thailand, Brunei and North Korea is simply not an easy job,” Gluscevic, who has been tasked with leading Singapore, said in a press conference in Bangkok.
“We're in a tough group here. But I hope my boys will perform their best.”

There are a total of 40 nations divided into nine groups participating in this tournament. The group winners and six best runners-up will participate in the tournament proper in Myanmar next year.

In an earlier press release, Gluscevic indicated that the competition would give important exposure to the young players.

“These players will one day represent Singapore at the senior level, and it is thus important to ensure that they receive the necessary international exposure at the youth level,” he explained.

The team have already departed for Bangkok last Sunday and will play their first match against Thailand this evening.

“For the opening match against Thailand, both teams know each other well from the AFFSC, and we prepared for this," Dejan declared.