ALL SMILES: Milo Bisogni and Zahi Addis are currently in Japan for under-14 International Youth tournament.
ALL SMILES: Milo Bisogni and Zahi Addis are currently in Japan for under-14 International Youth tournament.

Far North Coast soccer duo head to Japan

FAR North Coast players Zahi Addis and Milo Bisogni have departed for the Tokyo International Youth Football Tournament.

Zahi and Milo travelled with 16 of the most talented soccer players in Northern NSW after being selected to participate in the Tokyo Under 14 International Youth Football Tournament starting this week.

The side is attending the tournament at the invitation of the Tokyo Government, with the NSW State Government facilitating the arrangements with NNSWF.

Both players relocated from this region last year as part of the Northern NSW Football Homestay Program, having previously played with Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley and Bangalow respectively.

Football Far North Coast General Manager Steve Mackney highlighted the range of pathways that exist for talented players from this region.

"Milo and Zahi were each part of the local high performance program for several years and now participate in the Emerging Jets program based in Newcastle,” Mackney said.

"Although their relocation south as part of the State Federation's Home Stay Program is a huge commitment, the rewards can be significant.

"We are also fortunate to have pathways north, working with Southern Cross University Football Centre and Football Gold Coast, so despite some challenges for regional players created due to geography, talent is being supported.”

Northern NSW Football technical director Michael Browne, who is travelling along with the boys, believes this will be a valuable opportunity for the players.

The NSW team is up against international squads from Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, Jakarta, Moscow, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Buenos Aires and local Japanese teams.



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