PARAROOS coach Kai Lammert has named a 14-player squad, including Callala Bay’s Ben Atkins, for the 2018 Tri-Nations International Challenge Matches, which will be played in San Diego, United Staes from July 18-21.
Daniel Campbell (NSW), Constandinos Christodoulou (Victoria) and Augustine Murphy (NSW) are all in line to make their debut for the Pararroos.
Lammert is looking forward to the tournament which form an integral part of the Pararoos preparations for the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championships which will be played at Kish Island, Iran in November later this year.
“This tournament will give us vital matches and important exposure to international football for our new players,” Lammert said.
“We had to make some changes due to classification changes earlier in the year so we will see a mixture of young new faces and experienced campaigners in the squad.”
“This will be a great test for us with US who are ranked 4th in the world and Canada who are 10th.
“Our long term goal is to be back in the top 10, so these games are vital for our preparation to achieve this goal.
“We had a very successful World-championship last year, but with the classification changes it’s a new era in CP (Cerebal Palsy) Football and we are looking forward to the new challenge.”
The Pararoos assemble in Sydney on Friday, July 13 and will then depart for US on Saturday, July 14.
Squad: Ben Atkins, David Barber, Daniel Campbell, Constandinos Christodoulou, Matthew Hearne, Alessandro La Verghetta, Taj Lynch, Angus MacGregor, Connor Marsh, Augustine Murphy, Christopher Pyne, Benjamin Roche, Benjamin Sutton and Christian Tsangas (GK).
- Game one vs US on July 19 at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre, Chula Vista
- Game two vs Canada on July 21 at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre, Chula Vista