5 Players to watch out for in Turkey vs New Zealand Clash in FIFA U17 World Cup
The second league game of group B is going to be a tough competition for both the teams as European giants Turkey take on Oceania Champions New Zealand.
Turkey qualified from Europe for the U-17 World Cup, after reaching the UEFA European U-17 competition semi-finals and losing to champion England. Germany and Spain were the only sides to get past Turkey in the zonal group stagethis year in May. Victories over Norway, Croatia, Italy and Hungary in the same event showed the depth of the side.
On the other hand, winning the Oceania Football Confederation U-17 event was the route taken by the Kiwis. Papua New Guinea was a difficult tival in the semi-final, but by then the World Cup berth had been confirmed. And New Zealand went on to demolish New Caledonia, the second qualifier from the zone, 7-0 in the title clash.
Stars to watch out for in the clash:
1)Malik Karaahmet: The Turkish adores Didier Drogba for skills in the goalmouth. Turkey-born and based in Germany’s Wiesbaden, he plays for Karlsruher SC, a third-division team in Germany. Karaahmet showed awesome form upfront for Turkey at the EURO U-17 event, netting three goals in five games. The young striker watches videos of his idol and dreams of s coring like the muscular Ivory Coast ace in the U-17 World Cup.
2)Charles Spragg: The Kiwi forward won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball awards at the OFC U-17 competition. He joined Auckland’s Papakura City FC as a boy and took part in the Milk Cup played in England, testing his talents against club teams from Chelsea and AS Roma.
3)Oliver Duncan: The 17-year old Kiwi stopper has already signed for Australian giants Brisbane Roars. His defending as well as attacking skills as a central midfielder has also impressed the Spanish club Las Palamas and they are keen to offer him a 2 year-old contract.
4)Leon van Den Hoven: Started his career as a holding midfielder; with the development of his attacking skills he slowly moved to attacking midfield and this Kiwi CAM will be one of the main figures to watch out for in the Kiwi side.
5)Atalay Babacan: The Turkish attacking midfielders is one of rare gems found. He has already played for Turkey U-19, U-21 and U-23. He plays his club football for Galatasaray U-21 team.
His ability to march forward with the ball and his positioning sense has impressed the Turkish coach Mehmet Hacioglu each and every team and he will be happy not to break the streak.