PETALING JAYA: Frenz United will be dancing to the samba beat in the 2015 Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) next month.
The Frenz United Football Club (FUFC) will be including Brazilian players in their A and B teams for the Under-18 home-and-away competition from Aug 5 to Nov 18.
Frenz United B coach S. Balachandran said the Brazilian players will be selected from trials to be held in Janda Baik, Pahang.
“The club will finalise the squad soon. We are waiting for the Brazilian boys to arrive and will also include players from Iran to strengthen the team,” said Balachandran at the launch of the ACT.
The other teams in the competition are Chonburi FC (Thailand), India Under-18, PVF Vietnam, Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia), Felda United FC, Frenz United A and Frenz United B (Under-17).
Balachandran said debutants Kashima Antlers will be the star attractions this year.
“It’s going to be competitive given the strong field. Kashima are a big club and playing them will be a good exposure for my boys,” said Balachandran, whose team have been drawn in Group B with Kashima, PVF Vietnam and Phnom Penh Crown FC.
FUFC technical advisor and former Liverpool legend Steve McMahon said that the addition of Kashima has raised the quality of the tournament.
“They are a strong, organised and skilful side. This will be a good experience for the youngsters who will gain experience from travelling and meeting teams from other countries,” said McMahon.
Frenz United and Felda United will host their home matches at the Hang Tuah Stadium in Malacca.
Last year, Balachandran led the Harimau Muda D team to the ACT Under-16 title when they defeated PVF Vietnam 5-4 on aggregate in the final.