Football: Singapore U-16 women's football team to take part in AFC C'ship qualifiers

SINGAPORE - The national Under-16 women's football squad that will be playing in the qualifiers for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 women's championship 2017 has been named.

The 21-player squad will be led by women's national team coach Chen Caiying. The qualifiers will be held in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka from Aug 27 to Sep 5.

In a draw made in May, Singapore have been drawn to face Iran, Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kyrgyzstan in Group C of the biennial tournament.

Singapore will starts its campaign with a game against UAE on Aug 27.

Chen said: "We have been drawn in a very tough group. The other teams in Group C are some of the best in Asia. It will not be easy for us. Nevertheless, we will work hard and aim to do our best in every match. Tournaments like this are essential to give our girls more international exposure."

The team went for a training camp in Osaka in June, where they played three friendly matches in as many days against Japanese teams.

The squad:

Amira Malik Faisal (Woodlands Secondary School)

Lutfiah Hannah Nazre (Bowen Secondary)

Nur Izzati Khairul Aljurah (Queensway Secondary)

Ira Shafazirah Hishamudin (Shuqun Secondary School)

Khairunnisa Khairol Anwar (Dunman Secondary School)

Venetia Lim Ying Xuan (Manjusri Secondary School)

Mira Ruzana Seherzan (Bowen)

Nur Umairah Mohd Hamdan (Greenview Secondary)

Nursabrina Iskandar Shah (WSS)

Ayumi Ummaiyah Azlee (Hong Kah Secondary)

Dorcas Chu (Queensway)

Nur Afiqah Omar (Greenview)

Nur Amirah Mohamed Rosman (Woodlands)

Nur Darwisyah Noor Haidi (Bowen)

Nur Iffah Mohamad Amirin (Cedar Girls' Secondary)

Nur Syazwani Mohamad Ruzi (Woodlands)

Nurliyaana Abdul Latiff (Greenview)

Sharifah Khaliesah Syed Hassan (East View Secondary School)

Nadhra Qistiena Rohaizad (Woodlands)

Valerie Ong Siu Kym (Methodist Girls' School)

Putri Nur Syaliza Sazali (Queensway)