Three PGFC Academy players have been selected to attend a five-day Australia Under-17s training camp in Canberra.
Daniel Bennie (pictured), Andriano Lebib and Jaylan Pearman have headed to the Australian Institute of Sport in the nation’s capital where they and 31 other gifted hopefuls will spend the week training under the watchful eye of Trevor Morgan and Tony Vidmar.
Up for grabs are places in the 23-player Australia squad for the upcoming AFF U-16 Youth Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia which will be named next week.
The Joeys have been drawn in Group C of the competition alongside Cambodia, Malaysia, and Myanmar.
Australia’s AFF U-16 Youth Championship campaign will kick-off against Myanmar at on Tuesday 2 August at the Madya Senayan Stadium, which sits in the shadows of Jakarta’s iconic Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
The team will return to the same venue three days later to challenge Cambodia, before rounding out their Group Phase campaign with a meeting with Malaysia at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi on Monday 8 August.
Each of Australia’s Group C fixtures at the AFF U-16 Youth Championship will kick-off at 3pm local time (6pm AEST).
Australia will need to finish first in Group C, or as the best overall runner up in the three pools, to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.
The knockout phase of the tournament will be played exclusively at the 30,000 seat Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium.
Australia has won the AFF U-16 Youth Championship twice in the past, claiming the crown in 2008 and 2016. The green and gold also finished second in 2012, and third in 2013, 2015, and 2017.
The very best of luck to Daniel, Andriano and Jaylan!
(picture courtesy of Tom McCarthy)