Subway Joeys squad named for AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers

Australian U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach, Brad Maloney, has today named the 23-players set to represent Australia at the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers in Shepparton (VIC) from 5 – 9 October 2022

The final squad was selected following an intense two-week training camp in Melbourne, which featured three matches against Victorian NPL and A-League Men Youth Team opposition.

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Upon announcing the footballers selected for next week’s AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers, Subway Joeys’ Head Coach Brad Maloney said: “We’ve had an excellent two weeks in camp and set a strong foundation for the program, not just for this qualifying tournament, but for the years ahead.

“Competition across all positions was strong, which made selecting the final 23-players challenging. In the end, we’ve chosen what we consider to be the best available squad for what will be a testing tournament format with three matches inside five days,” Maloney explained.

Divided into five groups of four, four groups of five, and one group of three, the Qualifiers will feature 43 Member Associations from across the Asia vying for 16 available seats – 10 group winners and six best runners-up who will battle for the coveted AFC U17 Asian Cup™ trophy next year. From the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ the top four teams from this tournament will qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup™ as the AFC representatives.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers will be the first international activity for the Joeys’ program since 2019. In Australia’s Group, the Subway Joeys will first meet Northern Mariana Islands on Wednesday, 5 October (7.30pm AEDT), before facing Cambodia on Friday, 7 October (7.30pm AEDT), and conclude their campaign against China on Sunday, 9 October (3.00pm AEDT).

Speaking on the task ahead, Maloney said: “We have to respect our opposition, it’s going to be a tough group. We don’t know a lot about the opposition because of the hiatus in the last couple of years but we expect challenging matches from all three teams.

“Countries throughout Southeast Asia and East Asia are investing heavily in the game, particularly at the youth level and development. I know the Cambodian team have a core group of players that have been together for a long time now preparing for this tournament, and China have been in Australia for almost a month, so they’re taking it very seriously and we know we have a tough assignment ahead in Shepparton,” Maloney said.

These AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers mark the first time Australia has hosted a Qualification Group or Qualifiers of any AFC Youth tournament since 2009 and presents a special opportunity for the Subway Joeys to play in-front of family and friends.

“I think the boys are quite excited at the prospect of playing at home and the families are upbeat about watching their children on home soil, so it’s definitely something to look forward to,” Maloney continued.

“I just want them to enjoy the experience and use it as an opportunity to showcase their skills on the international stage. I really hope they can take that in their stride, which I’m sure they will, as we look to qualify for the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™.”

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The AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers event in Shepparton is with thanks to Greater Shepparton City Council and is a beneficiary of funding from the Regional Sports Event Fund, supported by the Australian Sports Commission.

Match Schedule – Group G of the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers

TIME/DATE (AEDT)

MATCH

VENUE

3:00pm, 5 Oct 2022

China PR vs Cambodia

Shepparton Sports City Precinct

7:30pm, 5 Oct 2022

Australia vs Northern Mariana Islands

Shepparton Sports City Precinct

3:00pm, 7 Oct 2022

Northern Mariana Islands vs China PR

Shepparton Sports City Precinct

7:30pm, 7 Oct 2022

Cambodia vs Australia

Shepparton Sports City Precinct

3:00pm, 9 Oct 2022

Australia vs China PR

Shepparton Sports City Precinct

7:30pm, 9 Oct 2022

Cambodia vs Northern Mariana Islands

Shepparton Sports City Precinct

SUBWAY JOEYS’ SQUAD | AFC U-17 ASIAN CUP 2023™ QUALIFIERS | 5 – 9 OCTOBER 2022

Name

Position

Current Club (as at 01/10)

Junior Club / Member Federation

Peter ANTONIOU

Defender

Melbourne City FC

FC Bulleen Lions / Football Victoria

Zachary DE JESUS

Defender

Sydney United 58 FC

Lakeside Lions JFC / Football NSW

Miguel DI PIZIO

Midfielder

Central Coast Mariners FC

AC United / Football NSW

Campbell DOVISON

Attacker

Central Coast Mariners FC

East Bentleigh SC / Football Victoria

Ben DUNBAR

Midfielder

Central Coast Mariners FC

Doncaster Rovers / Football Victoria

Mitchell GLASSON

Attacker

Sydney FC

Liverpool Rangers SC / Football NSW

Ayman GULASI

Attacker

Macarthur FC

Sans Souci FC / Football NSW

Max HATELY

Attacker

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Kellyville SC / Football NSW

Lucas HERRINGTON

Defender

Brisbane Roar FC

Taringa Rovers FC / Football QLD

Gus HOEFSLOOT

Goalkeeper

Sydney FC

Helensburg Thistles SC / Football NSW

Nestory IRANKUNDA

Attacker

Adelaide United FC

Adelaide Croatia Raiders SC / Football SA

Ryan KALMS

Defender

Melbourne City FC

Strathdale FC / Football Victoria

Andriano LEBIB

Defender

Perth Glory FC

Dianella White Eagles / Football West

Jacob McLACHLAN

Defender

Sydney FC

Georges River FC / Football NSW

Andre PARKES

Defender

Central Coast Mariners FC

Castle Hill United / Football NSW

Anthony PAVLESIC

Goalkeeper

Central Coast Mariners FC

Sydney United 58 FC / Football NSW

Jaylan PEARMAN

Midfielder

Perth Glory FC

Westside FC / Football West

Sotiri PHILLIS

Defender

Adelaide United FC

West Torrens Birkalla / Football SA

Tiago QUINTAL

Midfielder

Sydney FC

Baulkham Hills FC / Football NSW

Xavier SMITH

Defender

Crewe Alexandra FC

Liverpool FC (United Kingdom)

Corey SUTHERLAND

Midfielder

Perth Glory FC

Cockburn City / Football West

Fabian TALLADIRA

Midfielder

Adelaide United FC

Adelaide City FC / Football SA

Michael VONJA

Goalkeeper

Western United FC

George Cross FC / Football Victoria

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