SAM Modderno from Taree and Wingham’s Keegan Hughes were selected to take part in the Australian under 17 Joeys soccer camp conducted at Valentine Sports Park this week.
The three-day camp, run by head coach and former Socceroo Tony Vidmar provided players with an opportunity to state their claim for selection in the squad to contest the AFC under 16 championship 2018 qualifiers.
Sam and Keegan were among seven players from Northern NSW Football identified from the NNSWF Metro and NNSWF Country squads, which participated at the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys in October last year.
“The selection of seven from Northern NSW to attend the national camp is reflective of the effectiveness of NNSWF’s Talented Player Pathway, which provides boys from throughout NNSW with the opportunity to be identified for national representation through their participation at the National Youth Championships for Boys,” NNSWF chief executive David Eland said.
Keegan Hughes and Sam Modderno’s selection highlights the increasing importance of the of PS4 NPL NNSW Youth competition. Keegan and Samuel were identified through their strong performances for Football Mid North Coast and were selected for NNSWF Country squads in the FFA National Youth Championships. Keegan started in the Emerging Jets program this year.
The final selection will be announced at the end of this month and their first test as a squad will be in July as the squad travel to Thailand to compete in the U15 AFF Friendly Tournament.
The official AFC U-16 World Cup Qualifiers will kick off in September in Mongolia where Australia have been placed in Group I and will take on the likes of Vietnam, Mongolia, and Cambodia.