A member of Harrogate Town’s U19 squad will be jetting off to Myanmar this week, representing his native Macau at U23 level in the AFC Thailand 2020 Qualifiers.
A modern-day full-back who likes to get up and down the pitch, Nuno Pereira has been a mainstay in both Town U19s and Harrogate Railway’s first team this season and will now become the first player to represent his country while playing for Town. As well as hoping for double success with Town and to avoid the drop with Railway, Pereira knows his side have to win all three upcoming qualifiers to be in with a chance of progressing to the competition finals.
The action begins on Friday 22nd March with Macau coming up against a strong Japan side, before hosts Myanmar and East Timor complete the international triple header. All matches will take place in the 32,000-seater Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, with Pereira desperate to take all he can from the trip.
“It’s going to be massive to experience a high level, international level of football, I think I’ll learn a lot during the week.
“The teams we are going to play against, like Japan, are full of quality, so it’s going to be a really good experience.”
The call came through Pereira’s uncle, who lives in Macau, with two other English-based players, who the Town youngster has played with at U16 level, also making the trip across the world.
“It’ll be a great experience for him to be involved in, we’re really proud of him and hopefully he goes on to do really well.” added Town U19 manager Josh Falkingham.
“His attitude is second to none, he’s a great lad to work with, he listens and as a coach that’s all you want really.
He takes things on board, takes that onto the pitch and performs week in week out.”