Sky Blues Players To Represent Australia In AFC U23 Asian Cup

Sydney FC defensive stars Jordan Courtney-Perkins and Jake Girdwood-Reich have been selected in the Subway Olyroos’ 23-man squad for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™.

They will join Sky Blues Academy graduate Adrian Segecic who is currently on loan at Dutch club FC Dordrecht.

Sky Blues Academy graduate Adrian Segecic who is currently on loan at FC Dordrecht will join the Olyroos squad.

Courtney-Perkins and Girdwood-Reich will jet out to Doha after Sydney FC’s clash with the Newcastle Jets at MacDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon and are set to return once Australia exit the tournament with the Final being on May 3rd.

The Olyroos squad will assemble in Doha from Monday, 8 April to begin preparations for the tournament – which doubles as AFC Qualifiers for the Paris 2024™ Olympics – with their opening fixture on Monday, 15 April.

Australia has been drawn in Group A alongside Jordan (15 April), Indonesia (18 April) and Qatar (21 April).

The Subway Olyroos enter the tournament off the back of a strong performance in the recent West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) U-23 Championship, in which they finished runners-up to Korea Republic in a penalty shootout.

Jordan Courtney-Perkins has been in career best form for Sydney FC.

The results during the WAFF capped off a productive 12-month period for the Subway Olyroos, with Tony Vidmar’s side securing 9 wins from 13 matches – including wins over Mexico, France, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Alongside 19-year old Girdwood-Reich and 21-year old Courtney-Perkins squad is filled with Isuzu UTE A-League talent including Jake Hollman (Macarthur FC), Nicolas Milanovic (Western Sydney Wanderers FC) and Nishan Velupillay (Melbourne Victory FC).

Jacob Farrell (Central Coast Mariners FC), Ryan Teague (Melbourne Victory FC) and Marco Tilio (Melbourne City FC) will also make the trip to Doha after missing the WAFF Championship due to injury.

Jacob Italiano (Borussia Monchengladbach II) leads a contingent of European-based players including Louis D’Arrigo (Lechia Gdansk), Garang Kuol (FC Volendam) and Rhy Youlley (KVC Westerlo) who have all been selected for the tournament.

Several eligible players including Alessandro Circati (Parma Calcio 1913), Nicholas Bilokapic (Peterborough United FC), Calem Nieuwenhof (Heart of Midlothian FC), Cameron Peupion (Brighton & Hove Albion FC), Nectarios Triantis (Hibernian FC) and Patrick Yazbek (Viking FK) were not released by their clubs and deemed unavailable.

19-year old Jake Girdwood-Reich joins will play in his first major international tournament after a fantastic season in the A-League.

Subway Olyroos’ Head Coach, Tony Vidmar said he was looking forward to getting underway in Qatar.

“Everything we’ve done over the last 12-months has been focused on preparing for the Asian Cup,” Vidmar said.

“We set clear goals and expectations around what we want to achieve in Doha, and I’ve been really impressed by the way the group has taken ownership of that.

“There’s a strong desire and belief within this group that I believe will serve us well throughout the challenging moments that an international tournament of this calibre will present.”

Vidmar acknowledged the difficulties in gaining access to all eligible players for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™, however reiterated he has every confidence in the squad that will assemble.

“I’ve been open and honest with my disappointment that the Asian Cup falls outside of a FIFA Window, but we knew access to players would be a challenge and it’s something we’ve planned for in recent months,” Vidmar added.

“I just feel for those who’ve not been given the opportunity to join us, as representing your country at any level is something you never forget, and they would have benefited greatly from the experience.

“Our ability to prepare for this, build depth across the squad and foster important connections between our final squad gives me every confidence in this group and what they can achieve in Doha,” Vidmar concluded.

The Subway Olyroos are one of 16 teams who have qualified for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™, should they finish in the top three they will automatically qualify for the Paris 2024™ Olympics as the AFC representatives, while the fourth-best team will play an AFC-CAF play-off match for the final qualification spot.

For more information on the match schedule for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™ please click here.

Catch the Subway Olyroos’ AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™ campaign on Paramount+. 

SUBWAY OLYROOS SQUAD | AFC U-23 ASIAN CUP QATAR 2024™ | APRIL 15 – 3 MAY

NAMECLUBJUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB / MEMBER FEDERATION
Patrick BEACH (Gk)Melbourne City FCGlenmore Park FC / Football New South Wales
Lachlan BROOKWestern Sydney Wanderers FCGawler Eagles FC / Football South Australia
Cameron COOK (Gk)Perth Glory FCVikings FC (Football Northern Territory)
Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINSSydney FCNewmarket SFC / Football Queensland
Louis D’ARRIGOLechia GdanskWest Torrens Birkalla SC / Football South Australia
Jacob FARRELLCentral Coast Mariners FCWyoming FC / Football New South Wales
Jake GIRDWOOD-REICHSydney FCSydney Olympic FC / Football New South Wales
Steven HALL (Gk)Brighton Hove & Albion FC (Youth)Para Hills Knights SC / Football South Australia
Jake HOLLMANMacarthur FCSeaforth FC / Football New South Wales
Jacob ITALIANOBorussia Monchengladbach IIInglewood United FC / Football West
Alou KUOLCentral Coast Mariners FCGoulburn Valley Suns FC / Football Victoria
Garang KUOLFC VolendamShepparton SC / Football Victoria
Nicolas MILANOVICWestern Sydney Wanderers FCSydney United 58 FC / Football New South Wales
Mark NATTANewcastle Jets FCSutherland Sharks FC / Football New South Wales
Alexandar POPOVICGwangju FCAdelaide Comets FC / Football South Australia
Adrian SEGECICFC DordrechtLidcombe Waratah Junior SC / Football New South Wales
Callum TALBOTMelbourne City FCGymea United FC / Football NSW
Ryan TEAGUEMelbourne Victory FCMaroubra United FC / Football New South Wales
Marco TILIOMelbourne City FC (loan)APIA Leichhardt FC & Sydney Olympic FC / Football NSW
Mohamed TOUREParis FC (loan)Croydon Kings / Football South Australia
Jordi VALADONMelbourne Victory FCGlen Eira FC / Football Victoria
Nishan VELUPILLAYMelbourne Victory FCEndeavour United SC / Football Victoria
Rhys YOULLEYKVC WesterloMarconi Stallions FC / Football New South Wales

SUBWAY OLYROOS SQUAD | MATCH SCHEDULE – GROUP A | AFC U-23 ASIAN CUP QATAR 2024™

Australia U-23 v Jordan U-23

Monday, 15 April 2024

Kick-off: 4.00pm AST / 11pm AEST

Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

Indonesia U-23 v Australia U-23

Thursday, 18 April 2024

Kick-off: 4.00pm AST / 11pm AEST

Abdulah Bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

Qatar U-23 v Australia U-23

Sunday, 21 April 2024

Kick-off:6.30pm AST / 1.30am AEST (Monday, 22 April)

Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha