The Arsenal Under-15s trumped Singapore NFA Under-16s in their first game of the 25th Canon Lion City Cup on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
On target for the Gunners were skipper Harry Donovan and winger Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, who has the blood of Bruneian royalty running through him. Singapore crowd favorite Irfan Fandi equalised in the second period, but the visitors held on to win.
Fifteen-year-old Faiq scored the opening goal of the Group A tie in the 16th minute after a goalkeeping blunder allowed him to find the net from close range as he ghosted in unmarked at the far post.
Despite getting the three points for his side and showing good awareness for his strike, Faiq felt that he could have done better.
“My crosses could have been better and I should have taken more shots at goal,” the right winger said at the post-match press conference.
Faiq, the nephew of Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, admitted that both his teammates and him were having some difficulty in adapting to the humidity of the Singapore climate.
“It was really hard playing in this weather as we are used to a cooler temperature [back in London]," he said.
The midfielder with the boyish good looks is still under trial with the Arsenal youth squad from coaching school PDA Football and according to coach Patrick Ampadu, is doing well in his efforts to gain a regular place in the team.
Arsenal now have three points and only need a draw against Eintracht Frankfurt to qualify for the next round when both sides go head to head on June 10 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
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