Reece Caira Selected for Young Socceroos

Qantas Young Socceroos Coach Paul Okon has today selected his 23-player squad for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship. Well done to Reece Caira who has been selected to represent Australia.

Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon has included thirteen players from the ranks of the Hyundai A-League Clubs and ten overseas based players in his 23-player squad for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 1-17 November 2012.

Having worked with this group of players intensely for the past 5 months, Okon is looking forward to the upcoming tournament.

“We had a thorough process in selecting this squad with everyone having an opportunity to show themselves through training and match situations,” said Okon.

“There is a good mix of local and overseas-based players, and there were plenty of tough decisions that had to be made when settling on the final group.

“Our preparation for this tournament has been great with plenty of match practice. In particular, to be able to use the majority of these players at the AFC U-22 qualifiers in Indonesia in July gave us good competitive matches under tournament conditions which will serve us well once we get to the UAE.

“Whilst we know it will be a difficult challenge, I am confident that we have a strong-enough squad to progress from the group stage to the quarter-finals which will then come down to that one important game for us to perform in to qualify for the World Cup,” concluded Okon.

The Qantas Young Socceroos will assemble in the UAE this weekend and will finalise their preparations for the tournament with an international friendly against the Korea Republic on Tuesday. The Qantas Young Socceroos have been drawn in Group D of the AFC U-19 Championship and will play their opening match against Qatar on Sunday 4 November (kick-off 3:00pm local, 10:00pm AEDT ) followed by Syria Tuesday 6 November (kick-off 7:00pm local, 2:00am AEDT and Saudi Arabia in their final group match on Thursday 8 November (kick-off 5:00pm local, 12:00am AEDT).

The top two teams from each group of the AFC U-19 Championship 2012 will progress to the knockout stage (quarter-finals) and the four winners of the quarter-finals will then play in the semi-finals with the winners advancing to the final. The semi-finalists will also automatically qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in Turkey in June/July 2013.

Qantas Young Socceroos Squad for AFC U-19 Championship UAE 2012

Terry ANTONIS - Sydney FC, Australia Mustafa AMINI - Borussia Dortmund, Germany Joshua BRILLANTE - Newcastle Jets, Australia Corey BROWN - Brisbane Roar, Australia Reece CAIRA - Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia Connor CHAPMAN - Newcastle Jets, Australia Travis COOPER - VVV Venlo, The Netherlands Jack DUNCAN (gk) - Newcastle Jets, Australia Ryan EDWARDS - Reading FC, England Corey GAMEIRO - FC Eindhoven, Netherlands Ben GARUCCIO - Melbourne Heart, Australia Jason GERIA - Brisbane Roar, Australia Curtis GOOD - Newcastle United, England Jackson IRVINE - Celtic FC, Scotland Paul IZZO (gk) - Adelaide United, Australia Liam JACOB (gk) - Oldham Athletic FC, England Tom KING - Bristol City FC, England Jamie MACLAREN - Blackburn Rovers, England Hayden MORTON - Central Coast Mariners, Australia Mitchell OXBORROW - Newcastle Jets, Australia Adam TAGGART - Newcastle Jets, Australia David VRANKOVIC - Melbourne Heart, Australia Ryan WILLIAMS - Fulham FC, England

Team Staff Paul Okon - Head Coach Milan Blagojevic - Assistant Coach (Scholarship) Trevor Morgan - Assistant Coach Fernando Alves - Goalkeeping Coach Simon Roberts - Team Manager Trevor Law - Doctor Matthew Freke - Physiotherapist Vince Del Bono - Massage Therapist