Olleros announces his squad for the AFC U-23 Cup, while Nestori Irancunda has been ruled out – Sports News (Trending Perfect)


Nestori Irankunda celebrated the second of his three goals on Friday evening.

Nestori Irankunda celebrated the second of his three goals on Friday evening.credit: GT

The mid-season hype for his signature from European clubs, which German giants Bayern eventually won, added to the burden on his young shoulders.

Despite his astonishingly obvious talent, Irankunda, his teammates and his coach at Adelaide United, Karl Vert, have all been open in discussing his shortcomings in terms of maturity, attitude and professionalism. Vidmar admitted that he had made great strides recently, but said that his fluctuations were still a source of concern.

“There are things we can't really discuss and talk about. Human beings are number one,” Vidmar said.

“He's been through a lot this year. I'd hate to be in his shoes… He's pushed, everyone's poking him, everyone wants a piece of him. And yes, I understand that playing for the national team is a big deal, and I've talked to him about it. He just wants to play football for his club, then prepares for the next part of his journey.

“I might be selfish and bring him in just for the sake of it, but dealing with the players and having that relationship with them, you can learn a lot about him, and we feel the bigger picture is the national team, the Socceroos. You want to talk about him for the next 15 years as a national team player.” Where he's the first one to be picked. We don't have the luxury of having 1,000 of these players where you can throw them against a wall and they'll crash. [and say]''Well, don't use it.''

“Once he goes to Bayern, it's going to be a completely different situation for him, and that's what you want. When he gets on the plane, and he's ready to be that Australian player, then we'll just sit back and think, 'This is the right thing, this is the right decision to make.'

Oleros squad for the AFC U-23 Cup

Patrick Beech (GK), Lachlan Brook, Cameron Cook (GK), Jordan Courtney Perkins, Luis D'Arrigo, Jacob Farrell, Jake Girdwood Reich, Steven Holl (GK), Jake Holman, Jacob Italiano, Alu Cole, Garang Cole. Nikola Milanovic, Mark Natta, Aleksandar Popovic, Adrian Segesic, Callum Talbot, Ryan Teague, Marco Tilio, Mohamed Toure, Jordi Valadon, Nishan Velupillay, Reece Yuli.

The AFC U-23 Cup in Qatar serves as the qualification route for the Olympic Games, with the top three teams in the tournament qualifying for Paris.

With no less than six players blocked from being released by their European clubs – including Parma's Alessandro Cercati, Brighton's Cameron Beaubion and new Australian signing Patrick Yazbek – there was a strong case for Irankunda's inclusion to bolster the Olleros' attacking arsenal, while there Increasing calls for his inclusion. Arnold to begin to be properly integrated into the Australian national team.

Vidmar still named a relatively strong 23-man Olympique squad, which includes Australians Marco Tilio and Mohamed Toure, the Cole brothers Alou and Garang, and some scintillating A-League talent such as Western Sydney's Nikola Milanovic and Macarthur's Jake Holman, from the Central Coast. Mariners tyro Jacob Farrell, and Sydney FC's defensive duo of Jordan Courtney Perkins and Jake Girdwood Reich.


The Oleros are putting in a strong performance in the WAFF Under-23 Championship, a friendly tournament in Qatar where they finished runners-up to South Korea after a penalty shootout, while also recording friendly wins over France and Mexico in 2018. The last 12 months.

They were drawn in Group A in Qatar, alongside the host nation, Jordan and Indonesia. But with only three direct places available to the Asian teams, it will take a huge effort for them to fend off the likes of Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia to join the Matildas at the Olympics.

The losing team in the semi-finals of the AFC U-23 Cup will play a play-off against a team from Africa for the last remaining place in Paris.



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