GOALKEEPER Je Jacobs is enjoying the sights and sounds of Japan before representing Northern NSW next week.
Jacobs along with the rest of the team flew to the land of the Rising Sun earlier this week to play in the prestigious Tokyo Youth Tournament for 14-year-old boys.
The Tokyo Government extended an invitation to a team from NSW to represent Australia in the tournament which kicks off on Thursday and Northern NSW gleefully accepted.
The Northern NSW team is the only Australian team participating in the tournament and will be up against teams from South Korea, China, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Egypt, Indonesia, England, France, Italy, USA, and the host nation Japan.
The 2010 Tokyo Youth Tournament will see Northern NSW and Football NSW combine forces in a joint squad for the first time with eight players representing each Federation which includes players from Country NSW Representative sides.
The Boambee ’keeper Jacobs was selected for the squad on the basis of his performances over the past year in the NCF C.ex Group Youth League in which his 14 years team remains undefeated.
Enjoying home stay hospitality of the Yaizu Football Association while attending a three day pre tournament camp, the squad will then travel to Tokyo for the Youth Tournament where all matches will be played at the Kamazawa Olympics Sports Grounds on synthetic pitches.
The Australian team’s first match is against FC Tokyo Fukagawa on Thursday.
The draw then pits the Aussies against Jakarta on Friday morning and Cairo on Friday afternoon before the finals are held next weekend.