Football: Timor-Leste teenager Gali wants people to focus on his goals, not his age

Paulo Gali (left) and coach Fabio Maciel at Jalan Besar Stadium.
Paulo Gali (left) and coach Fabio Maciel at Jalan Besar Stadium.PHOTO: FOOTBALL FEDERATION TIMOR LESTE

SINGAPORE - Timor-Leste forward Paulo Gali, at the centre of an age fraud controversy ahead of the Under-23 Asian Cup qualifiers, hopes headlines will be focused instead on his on-field performances.

In 2019, he was accused of being overaged when he participated in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) U-15 Championships a year after he had represented the senior team in the AFF Suzuki Cup. The Suzuki Cup website had listed him as being 22 years old.

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