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Nov 06, 2023   |  10:43AM AET

Velupillay, Teague Named In Subway Olyroos Squad

Velupillay, Teague Named In Subway Olyroos Squad

Nishan Veluillay and Ryan Teague have both been selected for the Subway Olyroos’ upcoming international friendlies.

Subway Olyroos’ Head Coach, Tony Vidmar has named an extended 24-man squad for a series of upcoming friendlies during the November FIFA Men’s International Window, to be held in Saudi Arabia.

Both Ryan Teague and Nishan Velupillay have been selected continuing their strong start to the season.

The Subway Olyroos will face Saudi Arabi and Qatar, as their preparation for the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 begins to intensify.

The fixtures – scheduled for Friday 17 November (Qatar) and Tuesday 21 November (Saudi Arabia) – will be played at Prince Saud Bin Jalawi Stadium, providing Vidmar’s squad with the invaluable opportunity to spend time together as a group while facing quality opposition.

With a clear focus on preparation for the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024, Vidmar said this camp and his selections would help build necessary depth across the squad.

“We’ve got some fantastic young players coming through, playing for clubs in Australia and across Europe,” Vidmar said.

“It’s important for us to ensure we have a squad that is familiar with our environment, as they may be called upon throughout our Asian Cup campaign or beyond – be it due to injuries or player availability. Having a wider group of players all on the same page is an important element to any success we collectively strive for.”

The Subway Olyroos are one of 16 teams who have qualified for the AFC U23 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.