Yengi added to Australia’s AFC U23 Asian Cup squad

Adelaide United ace Kusini Yengi has today been added to Australia’s squad for the forthcoming AFC U23 Asian Cup in Uzbekistan. 

Yengi is the final player to be named in Australia’s squad for the tournament, the bulk of which was confirmed on Wednesday

Yengi will join his Australia teammates in Uzbekistan following the completion of his Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s Finals Series campaign with the Reds.

Australia have been drawn in Group B of the AFC U23 Asian Cup alongside Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan, and will play its group matches in the cities of Qarshi (two matches) and Tashkent (one match) between June 1 and 7.

Each of Australia’s matches at the AFC U23 Asian Cup will be broadcast exclusively live in Australia on Paramount+, with the first cohort of players in the squad assembling in Uzbekistan from Monday, 23 May 2022 for a pre-tournament training camp. 

Any players with A-League Finals – or potentially A-Leagues All Stars – commitments will travel to Uzbekistan following the completion of their respective domestic campaigns. 

Australia finished third at the last AFC U23 Asian Cup, then known as the AFC U23 Championship, in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2020 to secure qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Men’s Football Tournament. Since competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, multiple young Australian players have secured club moves abroad, and/or progressed into the senior Socceroos’ set-up, illustrating the importance of Australia’s U23 program. 

The upcoming AFC U23 Asian Cup does not serve as part of the process for qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Men’s football qualifying for Paris 2024 is set to commence in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) next year.

Football Australia announced last week that former Socceroo Tony Vidmar will take charge of Australia’s U23 men’s program at the completion of the Socceroos’ FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 campaign.

Australia U23 Squad | AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022

NameClub, CountryJunior Club (Member Federation)
Hosine BILITYFram Reykjavik, IcelandCroydon Kings FC (Football South Australia)
Nicholas BILOKAPIC (Gk)Hartlepool United, EnglandSydney United 58 FC (Football NSW)
Jordan BOSMelbourne City FC, AustraliaHoppers Crossing SC (Football Victoria)
Lachlan BROOKAdelaide United FC, AustraliaGawler Eagles FC (Football South Australia)
Jacob CHAPMAN (Gk)Huddersfield Town AFC, EnglandEpping Eastwood Tigers FC (Football NSW)
Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINSRakow Czestochowa, PolandNewmarket SFC (Football Queensland)
Louis D’ARRIGOAdelaide United FC, AustraliaWest Torrens Birkalla SC (Football South Australia)
Jacob FARRELLCentral Coast Mariners FC, AustraliaWyoming FC (Football NSW)
Tyrese FRANCOISFulham FC, EnglandCampbelltown Uniting Church SC (Football NSW)
Joe GAUCI (Gk)Adelaide United FC, AustraliaCumberland United FC (Football South Australia)
Tristan HAMMONDFK Austria Wien II, AustriaFairfield Hotspurs SC (Football NSW)
Alou KUOLSV Sandhausen, GermanyShepparton SC (Football Victoria)
Lewis MILLERCentral Coast Mariners FC, AustraliaPittwater RSL FC (Football NSW)
Ramy NAJJARINEWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaMounties Wanderers FC (Football NSW)
Joshua NISBETCentral Coast Mariners FC, AustraliaSt Marys FC (Football NSW)
Bernardo Oliveira (BERNARDO)Adelaide United FC, AustraliaPort Adelaide Pirates SC (Football SA)
Cameron PEUPIONBrighton Hove & Albion FC, EnglandWakehurst FC (Football NSW)
Joshua RAWLINSPerth Glory FC, AustraliaDianella SC (Football West)
Jay RICH-BAGHUELOUAccrington Stanley FC, EnglandPalm Beach SC (Football Queensland)
Kai TREWINBrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaGungahlin United FC (Capital Football)
Patrick WOODSydney FC, AustraliaCollaroy Cromer Strikers FC (Football NSW)
Patrick YAZBEKSydney FC, AustraliaAustral Soccer Club (Football NSW)
Kusini YENGIAdelaide United FC, AustraliaFulham United FC (Football South Australia)

Match Schedule | Australia U23 | AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022

Matchday 1: Australia U23 v Kuwait U23 

Date: Wednesday, 1 June 2022
Venue: Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi, Uzbekistan
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 11pm (AEST)  
Broadcast: Live in Australia on Paramount+

Matchday 2: Iraq U23 v Australia U23  
Date: Saturday, 4 June 2022
Venue: Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi, Uzbekistan
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 11pm (AEST)  
Broadcast: Live in Australia on Paramount+

Matchday 3: Australia U23 v Jordan U23
Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Venue: Lokomotiv Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 11pm (AEST)  
Broadcast: Live in Australia on Paramount+