Trevor Morgan names 23-player squad for AFF U15 Championship

Trevor Morgan names 23-player squad for AFF U15 Championship

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Though his immediate concern may very well be the upcoming 2019 U17 World Cup, Joeys’ Head Coach Trevor Morgan paved the first step on the road to the 2021 edition of the tournament on Tuesday.

Currently in Canberra for a 30-player training camp of players that loom as contenders for selection for October’s World Cup, Morgan on Tuesday morning named a 23-player squad that will represent Australia at the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U16 Championship in Thailand.

Made up of players in the age cohort below the group assembled in the ACT, the AFF Championships will represent the first chance for Morgan and his staff to get a look at the next generation of players coming through the ranks ahead of qualifying for the 2020 AFC U16 Championships in September.

Australia has been drawn in Group B of the Southeast Asian competition; grouped alongside host nation Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and Brunei. They will commence their tournament against Cambodia on 28 July, before meeting Laos (30 July), Malaysia (1 August), Thailand (3 August) and Brunei (5 August).

The two top-ranked sides from Group B will then advance to the semi-finals of the tournament, where they will meet the best two finishers of group A; which contains Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Singapore, and the Philippines.

The 23-players selected by Morgan will briefly congregate in Narrabeen for a training camp ahead of their departure for Thailand, a camp in which they will be joined by an additional seven prospects for 2021.

“The 2019 AFF U-15 Championship represents the start of this Joeys age group’s journey to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2021,” Head Coach Morgan said upon the squad’s announcement.

“With a minimum of five and up to seven international matches over the two weeks of the tournament, the AFF U-15 Championship will give the players selected a great introduction to international football. 

“Our time in Chonburi will also provide our staff with the chance to work on some key principles with the boys ahead of our 2020 AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers in Vietnam in September this year.”

23-Player AFF
U16 Championship Squad
Name Club, State
Joseph CALUSIC Sydney FC, New South Wales
Ethan COX (Gk) FFSA NTC, South Australia
Jai CURRAN-NICHOLLS Glen Eira FC, Victoria
Massimo D’ARGENIO Moreland Zebras, Victoria
Kane GIBBS Brisbane Roar FC, Queensland
Sebastian GOMEZ Perth Glory FC, Western Australia
Daniel HELWEH Marconi Stallions, New South Wales
George KARVOUNIS Melbourne Victory, Victoria
Alessandro LOPANE Western Sydney Wanderers FC, New South Wales
Lachlan MACDONALD Sutherland Sharks FC, New South Wales
Alexander MENELAOU Melbourne City FC, Victoria
Aiden MOSTOFI Sydney FC, New South Wales
James NIEUWENHUIZEN (Gk) Goulburn Valley Suns FC, Victoria
Bernardo OLIVEIRA FFSA NTC, South Australia
Nicholas PANUCCIO Western Sydney Wanderers FC, New South Wales
Jack PIRONE Gold Coast United FC, Queensland
Paolo PUSATERI Sydney FC, New South Wales
Joshua RAWLINS Perth Glory FC, Western Australia
Matthew SCARCELLA Western Sydney Wanderers FC, New South Wales
Adrian SEGECIC Sydney FC, New South Wales
Clayton TAYLOR Sydney FC, New South Wales
Aiki TSUKAMOTO Perth Glory FC, Western Australia
Jack WARSHAWSKY (Gk) Brisbane Roar FC, Queensland
Training Camp Players
Noah GARDNERSouth Hobart FC, TAS
Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH Sydney FC, NSW
Julian MONGE Western Sydney Wanderers FC, NSW
Josip ORLOVIC (Gk)  Sydney United, NSW
Alexander TRAJANOSKIBlacktown Spartans, NSW
Zac WADDELL Central Coast Mariners FC, NSW
Jesper WEBBER Western Sydney Wanderers FC, NSW

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