9 February 2005 Apia
Soccer Samoa Media

The Qantas Joeys will depart Australia next Monday for a five-match tour of Chile in preparation for the Oceania Under 17 World Championship qualifying tournament in New Caledonia in April.

Once again this makes life tough for Samoa who are due to face the Joeys in New Caledonia.

One pleasing factor for Samoa's National Coach is that one of his junior players from his former region in Australia has been called up.

I am personally delighted for Morgan (Zeeno) who was only 14 when I left. He was certainly a player of potential and his progress gives me great pleasure and I hope he can take the next step. It is also pleasing to see so many Queensland lads included which says much for the development programs up there.

The Joeys tour will include two matches against the Chile Under 17 national team and three matches against the youth teams of top Chilean clubs. A preparation that are just dreams for all of the Pacific Island nations

The 20-man squad includes 11 players who featured in December's tour of the United States including Queensland Striker David Williams who has just returned from the Solomon Islands where he helped the Qantas Young Socceroos qualify for June's FIFA World Youth Championship. Canberra-based midfielder Kaz Patafta who featured prominently during the United States tour, and who has also appeared for the Qantas Young Socceroos, was not considered for the squad due to injury.

This tour will give coach Ange Postecoglou a further opportunity to prepare his squad ahead of April's Oceania U-17 qualifying tournament.

The tour will be ideal preparation for the squad ahead of the qualifiers," said Postecoglou. "The South Americans take their youth football very seriously and the Under 20s tour of South America late last year was extremely valuable in every respect.

The 20-man Australian Under-17 squad to tour Chile is:

Elliot Jones (QAS), Shannon Lancini (QAS)

Blake Charity (QAS), Jamie Cumming (VIS), David D'Apuzo (NSWIS), Matthew Dobbin (QAS), Ian Graham (ACTAS), Wade Oostendoorp (Sydney FC), Matthew Spyranovic (VIS)

Joel Allwright (SASI), Leigh Broxham (VIS), Tayfun Buyukkopru (Marconi Stallions), Scott Gannon (SASI), Brendan Maroney (Blacktown City), Matt Mullen (SASI), Daniel Visevic (VIS)

Matt Dimech (VIS), Robbie Kruse (QAS), David Williams (QAS), Morgan Zeeno (QAS)

Ben Cheyne (ACTAS), Danny Haines (SASI), Daniel Miller (NSWIS)

Coach - Ange Postecoglou
Assistant Coach - Mike Milanovic
Assistant Coach/Gear Manager - David Clarkson
Goalkeeping Coach - Martyn Crook

The squad will depart on the February 14 and return to Australia on March 4. The full match schedule is:

Qantas Joeys v Palestino U/17's
Thursday 17 February, 6pm Stadium La Cistena

Qantas Joeys v Chile U/17's
Sunday 20 February, time TBC Venue TBC

Qantas Joeys v Universidad Catolica
Wednesday 23 February, 6pm
Stadium San Carlos de Apoquindo

Qantas Joeys v Chile U/17's
Saturday 26 February, time TBC Venue TBC

Qantas Joeys v Colo Colo U/17's
Tuesday 1 March, Time TBC Colo Colo Stadium

The 2005 FIFA Under 17 World Championship will be held in Peru from 16 September until 2 October.


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