International City: Joeys confirmed for 2018 AFC U16 Championships

City youngsters Jordan Bos, Luke Duzel, Thomas Lambiris, Ahmed Taleb and Josh Varga have been selected in the Joeys side to take on the 2018 AFC U16 Championship in Malaysia this month.

The boys will face Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan in the group stages of the tournament with qualification on the line for the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup in Peru.

Joeys Head Coach Trevor Morgan believes he has the crop of players to excel in Malaysia.

“I am very excited about the quality in the squad,” said Morgan. “We have players from all over Australia, and one who plays in Portugal.”

“We have had two very successful camps in the last couple of months. These boys have earned an opportunity to represent their country and all are focused on performing to a standard that can win the 2018 AFC U16 Championship.

“We will come together for a couple of days in Sydney before departing for a brief pre-tournament camp. In these days we will continue to refine our understanding, and make sure the boys are conditioned to perform.

“Competition for inclusion in the starting line-up will be strong, as we have two players for every position but also several who can play two or three positions,” he said.

The Joeys squad will convene on Sunday, 9 September in Narrabeen before traveling to Kuala Lumpur for their pre-tournament camp on Wednesday, 12 September 2018. The team will play their first match on Saturday, 22 September against Korea Republic before challenging Iraq in their second group game on Tuesday, 25 September. Australia will round out its group stage campaign against Afghanistan on Friday, 28 September 2018.