Victory quartet named in Olyroos squad


Olyroos head coach Aurelio Vidmar has named a 22-player squad to play international friendly matches against Qatar U-23 on November 12 and Iran U-23 on November 16 in Doha and Dubai respectively.

Melbourne Victory will be represented by Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Scott Galloway, Jason Geria and Connor Pain, who equate to half of the eight players selected from Hyundai A-League clubs.

This will be the final opportunity for Vidmar to work with the players before having to name his final squad for the AFC U-23 Championship, which will be held in Doha next January.

Vidmar is excited about the upcoming tour as the countdown to the AFC U-23 Championship continues.

“For us it is a fantastic opportunity to play two matches against quality opposition so close to January,” said Vidmar.

“It is an extra bonus to play in Qatar so we can familiarise ourselves with the city we will be playing the Championship in as well.

“It was a good challenge for us to play two tough matches against South Korea last month and from those matches we know what we need to work on.

“This is the last chance for players to stake their claim and guarantee a place in the final squad with quality performances from this tour.”

The Olyroos will assemble in Doha on Monday, November 10 to begin their preparations for the matches. The Victory quartet will be unavailable for the Hyundai A-League game against Sydney FC on Saturday, November 14 at Allianz Stadium.

The Olyroos begin their AFC U-23 Championship campaign against the United Arab Emirates on January 14 at the Grand Hamad Stadium, before taking on Vietnam at the same venue on January 17, with their final group match against Jordan on January 20 at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Sixteen nations have qualified for the AFC U-23 Championship with the top three progressing to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games football tournament.