Jul 18, 2016

    S'pore team leave Turkey for Sweden

    A CHILDREN'S football team from Singapore's F-17 Academy have finally got a flight out of Turkey's Antalya Airport, where they have been stranded in since Saturday, due to an attempted coup in the country.

    The group of 21, who were on their way to the Gothia Cup in Sweden, were on a noon (Singapore time) flight yesterday to Istanbul, before connecting to Copenhagen

    on a flight slated for 8pm.

    F-17 director Mizra Ismail told The Straits Times that the academy is working with Turkish Airlines to arrange for the final leg of their travel to Gothenberg, where the team are scheduled to play their first game at 1pm on Monday.

    "The boys are all in high spirits and feeling fresh

    after a good night's sleep

    at a hotel," he said.

    "Our main priority is their safety and getting them to Gothenberg on time for the tournament." There are two coaches, six parents and 13 children aged eight to 14 years old in the group, which left Singapore at 10pm on Friday.

    Before the diversion to Antalya, they were headed to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines flight TK55 for a transit flight to Copenhagen in Denmark.

    From Copenhagen, they were to take a train to Gothenburg in Sweden to represent Singapore

    in the tournament

    which runs till July 25.