Seven Wanderers selected in Young Socceroos

Football Federation Australia (FFA) can advise that is has received official confirmation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that its AFC U19 Championship 2018 Group J Qualification matches will now be held in Hanoi, Vietnam in November.  

Wanderers Mathieu Cordier, Kosta Grozos, Fabian Monge, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Moudi Najjar, Tate Russell and Marc Tokich were all named in the squad. 

Australia was originally scheduled to host Group J of the qualification process in Shepparton, Victoria, however the Federal Government’s decision not to grant visas to the team from DPR Korea forced AFC to move Group J to a neutral venue.

While disappointed not to host the AFC U19 Championship 2018 Qualification matches, FFA respects the Australian Government’s responsibility to make decisions on visa applications. 

Alongside the Young Socceroos and DPR Korea, Group J includes the Northern Mariana Islands and Hong Kong. Australia needs to top Group J in Vietnam, or be one of the five best runners-up from the ten groups, to advance to next year’s AFC U19 Championship Finals which will be held in Indonesia. 

The Young Socceroos squad will head to Hanoi on Wednesday 1 November 2017 and play Northern Mariana Islands in their first match on Saturday 4 November 2017. The team will play its second game against Hong Kong two days later, before completing the qualification process against DPR Korea on Wednesday 8 November 2017.

All of Australia’s matches will be played at Vietnam’s National Youth Football Training Centre.

FFA can also confirm the 23 players bound for Hanoi as part of Head Coach Ufuk Talay’s squad. All players in the squad are currently based in Australia, with 21 of the 23 players aligned to Hyundai A-League Clubs. 

Melbourne City FC (8 players) and Western Sydney Wanderers FC (7 players) are strongly represented in the squad, while Brisbane Roar (3 players), Melbourne Victory (1 player), Sydney FC (1 player), and Perth Glory (1 player) will also have players representing Australia in Vietnam next month.

“It’s disappointing that we aren’t able to play these qualification matches in our own backyard, but it will be a great experience for the boys to play in Vietnam,” said Talay. “We’re looking forward to the challenge, and our aim is to secure three wins to guarantee qualification for next year’s AFC U19 Championship in Indonesia.”

“There is almost 12 months between the qualification phase and next year’s Championship proper, so this will give us a good window to prepare the squad should we successfully qualify,” concluded Talay. 

Young Socceroos Squad – AFC U19 Championship 2018 Group J Qualification Matches:

Name

Club, Country

Daniel ARZANI

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Nathaniel ATKINSON

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Jay BARNETT

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Joshua CAVALLO

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Mathieu CORDIER

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

James DELIANOV (GK)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Duro DRAGICEVIC (GK)

Sydney FC, Australia

Macklin FREKE (GK)

Brisbane Roar, Australia

Denis GENREAU

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Kosta GROZOS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Jacob ITALIANO

Perth Glory FC, Australia

Joel KING

Unattached

Fabian MONGE

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Moudi NAJJAR

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Ramy NAJJARINE

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Dylan PIERIAS

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Aaron REARDON

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

John ROBERTS

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Tate RUSSELL

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Christian THEOHAROUS

Melbourne Victory FC, Australia

Marc TOKICH

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Kai TREWIN

Unattached


Young Socceroos Match Schedule – AFC U19 Championship 2018 Qualifiers

Young Socceroos v Northern Mariana Islands
Saturday 4 November 2017
National Youth Football Training Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)

Hong Kong v Young Socceroos
Monday 6 November 2017
National Youth Football Training Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 10pm (AEDT)

Young Socceroos v DPR Korea
Wednesday 8 November 2017
National Youth Football Training Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)