IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 side Manly United will take on the Young Socceroos in a friendly match at Cromer Park this Wednesday 30th April with kick off set for 7pm.
Paul Dee’s men will use this match against Paul Okon’s squad as a good training hit-out as well as getting the cobwebs out of their disappointing 4-0 loss to the Sutherland Sharks in their round 6 clash over the weekend.
The Young Socceroos will use this match as a good training run as they anticipate the AFC U19 Championships in Mynamar to be played in October this year.
The Young Socceroos have been drawn in Group B, alongside Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
After learning of his teams grouping, Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon believes that it will be a challenge for the Young Socceroos to qualify for the World Cup, but they will be ready for that challenge.
“It is by no means any easy draw,” said Okon
“Uzbekistan qualified for the last FIFA U-20 World Cup and will be a difficult opponent.
“UAE did well as the hosts of the last AFC U-19 Championship and Indonesia won Asean Football Federation tournament last year.
“Now that we have the draw we have a local training camp next week and an overseas camp soon after to specifically prepare for our opposition.
“I am confident that when the tournament comes around in October we will be ready to perform,” concluded Okon.
The Young Socceroos will play their first match of the tournament against the UAE on Friday 10 October, and then face Indonesia on Sunday 12 October before their final group match against Uzbekistan on Tuesday 14 October.
The opening matches of the tournament will see host nation Myanmar face Yemen on Thursday 9 October.
The winners and runners-up of Group B will then face the runners-up and Winners of Group A, which consists of Myanmar, IR Iran, Thailand and Yemen, in the Quarter Finals.
The winners of the Quarter Finals (top 4 teams) from the AFC U-19 Championship will then qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in New Zealand from 30 May – 20 June.
Coinciding with the AFC U-19 Championship 2014 draw, Okon named a 22-player Young Socceroos squad that will head into a training camp on the Central Coast from Saturday 26 April to Wednesday 30 April.
Following this camp, Okon will be select a squad that will travel to the United Arab Emirates from 5 to 18 May to play two international friendly matches against the Oman U-20 National Team (9 and 11 May) and another two international friendly matches against the UAE U-20 National Team (14 and 16 May).
Young Socceroos Squad – CENTRAL COAST Training Camp 26 – 30 APRIL 2014
Daniel ALESSI Western Sydney Wanderers
Shannon BRADY Brisbane Roar
Brandon BORELLO Brisbane Roar
Jordan BROWN Melbourne Victory
Devante CLUT Brisbane Roar
Daniel De SILVA Perth Glory
Shayne D’CUNHA Western Sydney Wanderers
Jacob ESPOSITO Sydney United
Alusine FOFANAH Western Sydney Wanderers
Ben GARUCCIO Melbourne Heart
Hagi GLIGOR Sydney FC
Paul IZZO (G/K) Adelaide United
Awer MABIL Adelaide United
Marc MARINO Uncontracted
Stefan MAUK Melbourne Heart
Liam ROSE Central Coast Mariners
Jaushua SOTORIO Western Sydney Wanderers
Jordan THURTELL (G/K) Uncontracted
George TIMETHIOU Belconnen Blue Devils
Jaiden WALKER Brisbane Roar
Ben WARLAND Uncontracted
Riley WOODCOCK Perth Glory