Four Wanderers named in Australian squad for AFF U16 Youth Championship 2022

Wanderers Dean Bosnjak, Miguel Di Pizio, Ayman Gulasi and Anthony Pavlesic have been selected to represent Australia at the AFF U16 Youth Championship 2022 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Australia has been drawn in Group C and will face Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia in the 12-team tournament commencing on 31 July 2022.

The selection of the final squad for this tournament follows a week-long Joeys (Australia U17) camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in mid-July, a National U16 Identification Camp held in Townsville during April, and an ongoing assessment in collaboration with technical staff at Member Federations.

This Australia U16 representative team will be led in Indonesia by former Joeys National Team Assistant Coach and current Football South Australia Technical Director, Michael Cooper. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this tournament will be the Joeys’ first international activity since 2019.

“After such a long hiatus due to the pandemic, it’s wonderful to see our men’s national youth team programs competing again on the international stage,” explained Trevor Morgan, Football Australia Head of Technical Direction, Pathways & Coach Education.

“Football Australia has been working closely with technical staff at Member Federations to identify the best emerging talent for our Joeys program, which has led to two highly competitive national camps over recent months.

“This AFF U16 Youth Championship in Indonesia will not only be a proud moment for the players and parents as they represent Australia for the very first time but also presents a wonderful opportunity for these young men to get their first taste of international competition in what we hope will be a long and prosperous career in the green and gold,“ concluded Morgan.

Australia’s AFF U-16 Youth Championship campaign will kick off against Myanmar on Tuesday, 2 August at the Sultan Agung Stadium in Bantul.

The team will return to the same venue three days later to challenge Cambodia, before rounding out their Group Phase campaign with a meeting with Malaysia at the Maguwoharjo Stadium in Sleman on Monday, 8 August.

Each of Australia’s Group C fixtures at the AFF U-16 Youth Championship will kick off at 3 pm local time (6 pm AEST). 

Australia will need to finish first in Group C, or as the best overall runner-up in the three pools, to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. The knockout phase of the tournament will be played exclusively at the 31,000-seat Maguwoharjo Stadium. 

Australia has won the AFF U-16 Youth Championship twice in the past, claiming the crown in 2008 and 2016. The green and gold also finished second in 2012, and third in 2013, 2015, and 2017.

AFF U16 Youth Championship 2022 | Sunday, 31 July – Friday, 12 August 2022 | Jakarta, Indonesia

NamePositionClub, CountryJunior Club 
Peter ANTONIOUDefenderMelbourne City FC, AustraliaFC Bulleen Lions (Football Victoria)
Daniel BENNIEForwardPerth Glory FC, AustraliaSorrento FC (Football West)
Dean BOSNJAKForwardWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaFreeman Sports Club (Football New South Wales)
Luka COVENYDefenderMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaEssendon Royals SC (Football Victoria)
Zachary DE JESUSDefenderSydney United 58 FC, AustraliaLakeside Lions FC (Football New South Wales)
Miguel DI PIZIOMidfielderWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaAC United (Football New South Wales)
Ben DUNBARMidfielderMelbourne City FC, AustraliaDoncaster Rovers (Football Victoria)
Ayman GULASIForwardWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaSydney Olympic FC (Football New South Wales)
Gus HOEFSLOOTGoalkeeperSydney FC, AustraliaHelensburgh Thistles (Football New South Wales)
Jesse HOEYForwardMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaFC Bulleen Lions (Football Victoria)
Pearson KASAWAYAForwardSydney FC, AustraliaGriffith City FC (Football New South Wales)
Daniel LAZAREVSKIForwardMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaLalor United Sloga (Football Victoria)
Andriano LEBIBDefenderPerth Glory FC, AustraliaDianella White Eagles (Football West)
Jared MIDDLETONDefenderSydney FC, AustraliaCollaroy Cromer Strikers (Football New South Wales)
Lachlan MIDDLETONMidfielderSydney FC, AustraliaCollaroy Cromer Strikers (Football New South Wales)
Alex NASSIEPGoalkeeperMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaCaloundra FC (Football Queensland)
Anthony PAVLESICGoalkeeperWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaSydney United 58 FC (Football New South Wales)
Jaylan PEARMANMidfielderPerth Glory FC, AustraliaKingsley Westside FC (Football West)
Isiah QUINNDefenderBrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaBrisbane Olympic FC (Football Queensland)
Tiago QUINTALForwardSydney FC, AustraliaBaulkham Hills FC (Football New South Wales)
Dylan ROSEMidfielderSydney FC, AustraliaMounties JSC (Football New South Wales)
Xav STELLADefenderMelbourne City FC, AustraliaTemplestowe United FC (Football Victoria)
Nicholas ZDRILICDefenderSydney United 58 FC, AustraliaSt George FA (Football New South Wales)

Shadow Squad

NamePositionClub, CountryJunior Club 
Rylan BROWNLIEForwardBrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaMoreton Bay United (Football Queensland)
Oscar FRYERForwardSD Raiders, AustraliaHurlstone Park Wanderers FC (Football New South Wales)
Mikey GHOSSAINIForwardGlen Eira FC, AustraliaGlen Eira FC (Football Victoria)
Daniel GRASKOSKIGoalkeeperNorthcote City, AustraliaNorthcote City (Football Victoria)
Jordan HOEYForwardMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaFC Bullen Lions (Football Victoria)
Angelo KALAMVOKISDefenderWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaGymea United FC (Football New South Wales)
Cyrus MALSAWMKIMAAttackerBrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaLogan Lightning FC (Football Queensland)
Justin MOYADefenderBrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaSouthside Eagles (Football Queensland)
Alexandro NUNESMidfielderNewcastle Jets FC, AustraliaLitchfield FC (Football Northern Territory)
Andre PARKESDefenderWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaCastle Hill United FC (Football New South Wales)
Andre RIZGALLAMidfielderSydney FC, AustraliaSt George FA (Football New South Wales)
Fabian TALLADIRAMidfielderAdelaide United FC, AustraliaAdelaide City FC (Football South Australia)

AFF U-16 Youth Championship 2022 – Match Schedule (Australia) 

Australia U-16 v Myanmar U-16
Date: Tuesday, 2 August 2022
Venue: Sultan Agung Stadium, Bantul, Indonesia
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEST) 

Cambodia U-16 v Australia U-16 
Date: Friday, 5 August 2022
Venue: Sultan Agung Stadium, Bantul, Indonesia
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEST)

Malaysia U-16 v Australia U-16 
Date: Monday, 8 August 2022
Venue: Maguwohharjo Stadium, Sleman, Indonesia
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEST) 


Semi-Finals: Wednesday, 10 August 2022
Medal Matches: Friday, 12 August 2022