| JAKARTA (5 July 2008) – Australian national Under-16 head coach Martyn Crook is looking forward to the challenge ahead of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) U16 Youth Championship in Jakarta from 9-19 July.
Crook has named 18 players to take part in the five team tournament which also included Bahrain, Malaysia, Singapore and host nation, Indonesia.
“This is an important part of our preparation for the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Under 16 Championships, and gives me a good opportunity to see the boys in action in conditions different from those they’re used to at home,” Crook told Football Federation Australia website.
The AFC U16 Championships will be held in Uzbekistan in October.
“It is also the first time this group of players has played in a tournament against players of their own age. Past tournaments have been against older players, so this will be a very good test of just how we’re doing at this age group.”
“Being able to benchmark our performance at the age group is particularly important as this age group includes the players who will form the core of the Qantas Socceroos in 2018.”
Crook said there is one debutant amongst the group, striker Kerem Bulut from NSW.
Kerem Bulut striker NSW