Lion City Cup diary: day two
- 22 June 2012 13:49
- Posted by Mark Booth
City under-15s acclimatize to Singapore on a lighthearted day two of their Canon Lion City Cup tour.
After 12 hours in the air yesterday, the boys were looking relatively fresh at breakfast, ready for their first full day in Singapore.
Academy skills coach Kristian Wilson then took the team for a series of aerobic stretches in the hotel pool which was probably the best place to be, given the rising temperatures.
You could have been mistaken into thinking this was the Manchester City synchronised swimming team, such was the balance and poise on show but sadly no-one packed the City branded swimming caps…
The boys were then asked to take part in a possession-based game – like water polo without the goal – where they split into two teams and tried to string together as many passes in a minute as possible.
After they dried off, Lee from CityTV and I took the lads out to different locations around the complex and filmed a roll-call where each player introduced themselves to camera with name, age, hometown and position – there was plenty of mickey taking, with left-back Yvan Wassi and Aaron Nemane the early contenders for the team's joker in the pack.
The results are worth watching and they will be on the site shortly.
A well-earned lunch was next on the agenda before the boys were whisked away for their first glimpse of the Jalan Besar stadium.
Suitably impressed, the team then managed to snuff out a deflated football and began to show their skills with a series of juggling games while the coaches watched on. Deri Corfe and David Brooks shone with their impressive technique in the centre circle as the sun beat down.
I was egged on to participate and I heroically stepped up in front of all these precocious young things but I soon wished I hadn’t. After managing a pathetic four touches before the saggy ball plopped pathetically down onto the astroturf, I was justifiably mocked.
To make matters worse, the whole sorry incident only brought attention to my size 14 feet from the inquisitive boys.
It was like a time warp back to my school days:
“Where do you buy your shoes?”
“Are you REALLY size 14…? REALLY!?”
“I didn’t even know they made shoes that big.”
After the big foot inquisition the team headed for registration where the organisers dotted the Is and crossed the Ts for the team’s entry into the competition.
The stadium is expected to be close to its 7,000 seat capacity for the final and for the matches involving Singapore and playing in front of such big crowds will be a first for many of the team.
The local time is currently 8.40pm and it’s still warm -the heat is a constant factor, so the team are encouraged to take on plenty of fluids throughout the day and to take shelter in the shade.
Not that the coaches are shying away from the sun – they already seem to have picked out a couple of sunloungers around the pool where they’ve been topping up their tans whenever there’s more than a five minute window.
the boys started the day with some stretches in the hotel pool
just 5 minutes from the hotel there's this postcard scene complete with coconut trees.
looks like someone is after a job on CityTV...
CityTV's Lee Jones mics up Callum Bullock
Striker Jo Hardy is next for the roll-call treatment
the team arrives at Jalan Besar stadium, not the new home ground of Millwall
the boys check that everything is to their liking...
the team needn't worry about a Singaporean monsoon as the pitch is an all weather affair
the stadium is expected to be close to full for City's match against Singapore on Wednesday