Friday, February 02, 2007

Northern Marianas Islands youth enjoy Incheon Utd

Korean K-League club Incheon United visited Saipan last Monday to the delight of the officers and members of the fledgling, East Asian Football Federation-affiliated Northern Marianas Islands Football Association. NMIFA president and Marianas Visitors Authority chairman Jerry Tan hosted a lunch for them at the Fiesta Resort and Spa as his way of expressing thanks to the team for making time to visit. It is both organisation's hope to be able to host professional football athletes to train and stay on Saipan in much the same way they do in Guam.

"In the afternoon, the NMIFA Youth were treated to practice and drills executed by Incheon players. The youth groups aged 10 and under were thrilled to see the skill and footwork displayed by the elite athletes. It was easy to spot the Incheon United players finding their way through American Memorial Park as they were outfitted in grey and red Puma jerseys and young children flanked them to get a chance to dribble, juggle, or practice passing skills," the Saipan Tribune reported.

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