Irankunda named in Football Australia’s U-16 National Talent Identification Camp

The country’s brightest footballing talent will converge on Townsville in mid-April when Football Australia conducts an Under 16 National Talent Identification Camp for boys.

The camp, to be held April 11 – 15, will feature Australian-based players born in 2006 participating in five days of football-related activities at facilities across the North Queensland city, including the Cowboys’ newly opened Community, Training and High-Performance Centre with its elite multi-sport training spaces, sports medicine and sports science laboratories.

Over the course of the camp, the boys will play an internal 11v11 elite match on Tuesday 12 April (4.30pm) at Queensland County Bank Stadium and against a local ‘select’ team on Thursday 14 April (5.00pm) at 1300SMILES Active Park – home of Football Queensland in Townsville. Both matches will be streamed live across Australia to enable clubs, coaches and scouts to support their identification programs. Football Australia will publish the stream links for these two matches via its social media channels.

Players have been invited to attend this Football Australia talent identification camp following ongoing scouting via a network of technical staff at Member Federations, who monitor players within school competitions, at club level, talent support programs, plus within the National Premier Leagues and A-League Academies.

Trevor Morgan, Football Australia’s Head of Technical Direction, Pathways & Coach Education & Australian U17 Men’s Head Coach said this camp gives invitees the chance to push for selection in impending Australian U17 squads.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our national youth teams have been in hiatus for the past two years and this camp will be the first time we’ve been able to bring together some of the country’s best emerging players for a talent identification camp as we prepare for future international games and tournament campaigns,” Morgan said.

“The Joeys will start qualifying as an Under-16 team later this year vying for a place at the 2023 AFC Under-17 Asian Cup in Bahrain. This is the first camp for domestic players who are age-eligible, and we aim to provide more opportunities for players born in 2006 and younger throughout the year to ensure we have the best team possible to represent our nation.

“This squad has been selected through collaboration with clubs and Member Federation technical staff to ensure we are scouting further than before,” he said.

Like Football Australia’s recent U23 talent ID camp held in Netherlands, Morgan will be supported in camp by a number of former Socceroos. Scott Macdonald, Mark Milligan and Luke Wilkshire will join the coaching staff alongside Member Federation technical staff to provide both assistance and inspiration for these players.

Several Member Federation technical support staff will also be in attendance to observe how their state-based talent performed, take learnings back to their respective Member Federation, and enhance collaboration between all stakeholders as Football Australia looks to further strengthen the pathway of its national youth teams.

To further assist the development of coaching and sports science sports medical staff throughout Member Federations, Football Australia has provided the opportunity for Football Queensland staff to play an active role in this camp, where they will be under the tutelage of national team technical staff. North and Far North Queensland-based football coaches will also be invited to attend an exclusive Coach Education Workshop.

“Through the strong support of Football Queensland and their team in the Northern Region, we’ve been able to organise a well-structured camp utilising the world-leading facilities in Townsville whilst providing plenty of opportunities for the local football community to participate in elements of the camp,” concluded Morgan.

Nathan Magill, Football Australia’s Head of Referees has nominated Tim Danaskos and Jack Morgan to attend this camp to officiate both the 11v11 Elite Match and local ‘select’ game.

This Under 16 Talent Identification Camp commences three days after Townsville hosts the Commonwealth Bank Matildas and New Zealand Football Ferns on April 8, in what will be the first time an Australian senior national football team has played in North Queensland.

NameCurrent ClubJunior Club / Member Federation
Luka BLAZEVICFootball SA U16 BoysAdelaide Raiders SC / Football South Australia
Dean BOSNJAKWestern Sydney Wanderers FCFreeman Sports Club / Football New South Wales
Jacob BRAZETESydney FCCurl Curl FC / Football New South Wales
Zachary DE JESUSSydney United 58 FCLakeside Lions FC / Football New South Wales
Miguel DI PIZIOWestern Sydney Wanderers FCAC United FC / Football New South Wales
Benjamin DUNBARMelbourne City FCDoncaster Rovers SC / Football Victoria
Max HATELYWestern Sydney Wanderers FCKellyville Kolts SC / Football New South Wales
Gus HOEFSLOOT (Gk)Sydney FCHelensburgh Thistles FC / Football NSW
Jordan HOEYMelbourne Victory FCDoncaster Rovers SC / Football Victoria
Edward INCEBrisbane Roar FCPine Hills FC / Football Queensland
Nestory IRANKUNDAAdelaide United FCNorthern Wolves Soccer Club / Football South Australia
Pearson KASAWAYASydney FCGriffith City FC / Football New South Wales
Jonathon KELLISMelbourne City FCGlen Eira FTS / Football Victoria
Cyrus MALSAWMKINABrisbane Roar FCLogan Lightning FC / Football Queensland
Kade MCDOUGALLBrisbane Roar FCBuderim Wanderers FC / Football Queensland
Lachlan MIDDLETONSydney FCCollaroy Cromer Strikers FC / Football New South Wales
Jared MIDDLETONSydney FCCollaroy Cromer Strikers FC / Football New South Wales
George MIHAILIDISMelbourne Victory FCBrighton SC / Football Victoria
Angus MUDDLENewcastle Jets FCToronto Awaba Junior FC / Northern New South Wales
Andre PARKESWestern Sydney Wanderers FCCastle Hill United FC / Football New South Wales
Anthony PAVLESIC (Gk)Western Sydney Wanderers FCSydney United Juniors FC / Football New South Wales
Jaylan PEARMANPerth Glory FCKingsley Westside FC / Football West
Isiah QUINNBrisbane Roar FCBrisbane Roar / Football Queensland
Tiago QUINTALSydney FCBaulkham Hills FC / Football New South Wales
Janni RAFTYNewcastle JetsHamilton Olympic FC / Northern New South Wales
Xavier STELLAMelbourne City FCTemplestowe United FC / Football Victoria
Michael VONJA (Gk)Melbourne City FCGeorge Cross FC / Football Victoria
Nicholas ZDRILICSydney United 58 FCRockdale City Suns FC / Football New South Wales