International City: Kuzi named in Young Socceroos


Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon has named Steve Kuzmanovski in his 23 player squad for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers which will be held at the National Sports Complex Stadium, Vientiane, Laos

Okon has selected 15 players from Hyundai A-League clubs, 4 from PlayStation 4 NPL clubs and 4 overseas-based players.

Okon is confident that this group of players are up to the challenge of qualifying for the AFC U-19 Championship.

“This is the start of this group’s World Cup journey.

“It will be a difficult challenge, especially with Japan in our group.

“We have had a number of camps and training matches together and the boys know the type of football we want to play.

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“The challenge now is to perform under tournament conditions,” concluded Okon.

The Young Socceroos will open their campaign against the Philippines on Friday 2 October, then Laos on Sunday 4 October and finally Japan on Tuesday 6 October.

Ten group winners and five best second-placed teams will qualify for the AFC U-19 Championships while hosts Bahrain received an automatic qualification (total 16 teams).

The top 4 teams from the AFC U-19 Championship then qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 in the Korea Republic.

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