PUTRAJAYA: Fourteen youngsters aged between 10 and 12 years from the 16 states in Malaysia including Putrajaya will have a chance to represent the country in the Danone Nations Cup (DNC) football Finals in Lyon, France from June 29 to July 1.
Danone Malaysia managing director, Dieter Schulz said Malaysia’s representatives for this year’s edition would be decided at a national-level competition to be held in Kuala Lumpur from May 25 to 27.
“Before that, the state level selections for those who are under 12 will be held throughout the country beginning March 3, starting in Selangor and ending in Labuan on March 31,” he told reporters after the launching of the DNC by Deputy Education Minister, Datuk Noh Omar at the Education Ministry yesterday.
Schulz said that last year, a team from Kedah debuted for Malaysia in the DNC world finals and secured the 29th place after the classification matches.
Thirty-two countries took part in last year’s edition of the DNC, which was staged for the first time in 2000.
Malaysia are among four Asian teams, besides China, Japan and Indonesia who will take part in this year’s DNC tornament.
Others countries who have confirmed their participation in the DNC Finals in Lyon are Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Cameroon, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and Ukraine.
The DNC is played on a pitch approximately half the size of a regular one and each team will comprise 14 players, with only nine taking to the pitch at any given time.
Matches will be 20 minutes long and will be split into two equal halves. – Bernama