Nguyen Cong Phuong, Evan Dimas and Chanathip Songkrasin are the rising stars who will have a huge chance to light up the 2015 SEA Games.
These youngsters may outshine the big guns in Singapore if they maintain their impressive form and grab their opportunities. With the tournament is fast approaching, and there is a sense of anticipation on the region with regards to the many youngsters who could make a name for themselves.
Football Channel present a list of ten players under the age of 23, from each respective teams who could become sensations at the South-East Asia biennial multi-sport event.
Evan Dimas (Indonesia, 20) – It is no exaggeration to say that the Persebaya Surabaya playmaker has the ability to be as good as the very best among the region. Evan has it all and was a major factor behind Merah Putih’s AFF Cup U-19 win in 2013. The Surabaya-born midfielder has been trained in Spain after being chosen with other Indonesian young players to visit Barcelona’s academy.
Faris Ramli (Singapore, 22) – Regarded as one of Singapore most promising talent, Ramli is the creative fulcrum in a Chile side that could well surprise in his country. He has impressed for LionsXII over this season especially after leading his team to clinch Malaysian FA Cup title for the first time of club’s history.
Prak Mony Udom (Cambodia, 21) – The Phnom Penh-born versatile attacking midfielder and winger exudes much confidence on the pitch who will provide the ammunition for the attacking side of his team. The three-time Hun Sen Cup winners with Svay Rieng is well known for his good ability on free-kick.
Nguyen Cong Phuong
Nguyen Cong Phuong (Vietnam, 20) – Nicknamed ‘Wonderboy’ as well as the ‘Vietnamese Lionel Messi’, the former HAGL – Arsenal JMG Academy is undoubtedly the one of the most promising football talent in Vietnam. He made the breakthrough in the 2013 AFF Cup U-19, helping his team to reach final game and afterward became the key player of the U-23 team under Toshiya Miura’s guidance.
Sithu Aung (Myanmar, 18) – The nippy-midfielder, who also can play a full-back role is exceptionally a quick player. The former Yangon United man is likely to be an automatic starter in Kyi Lwin’s first team, as he has a huge international experiences after being called-up to the senior side several times since made his debut at the age of 16.
Narubadin Weerawatnodom (Thailand, 20) – The Buriram United player is a solid defender with a robust physical presence, impressive stamina, fine marking ability, and a high work-rate in training and matches. These attributes have earned him spots in the Thailand U-19 and U-23 squads, as well as over 13 appearances with the senior team since his debut in 2013 and helped the team won 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.
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Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (Brunei, 17) – Originally from Brunei and was at Southampton and Reading before moving to Chelsea academy in January 2014. He’s an attacking player who predominantly plays wide-right or wide-left and likes to cut inside to create and score goals. If the last name sounds familiar to you then that’s because it is of Bruneian royalty, who is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei.
Nazmi Faiz (Malaysia, 20) – Probably Malaysia’s most important player, Nazmi has been incredible for Harimau Malaya in the 2011 SEA Games edition when his team won a gold medal at that time. The Selangor FA rising star had an important experience in Europe when he signed a three-year ycontract with Portuguese club Beira Mar in 2012.
Lembo Saysana (Laos, 20) – He is one of the best young players in Laos at the moment. Named after the action movie character Rambo, speed and good finishing have made Lembo a lethal striker. Apart from the technical role, he also has good consistency and positive influence on his team, those two attributes led him to being named the captain of the Laotian U-19 team.
Chanathip Songkrasin (Thailand, 21) – Despite at young age, the BEC Tero Sasana youngster has became an important figure across Thailand teams, from U-19 to senior level, successfully made his name as a part of Chang Suek’s victory in both 2013 SEA Games and 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup after showing impressive performances. Dubbed as ‘Messi Jay’ by the fans due to his small stature and skills, he is likely to continue his fine form in the next tournament.
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