Three Wanderers named in CommBank Young Matildas squad selected for 2024 AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup Round 2 Qualifiers

Leah Blayney has named a 23-player squad as the CommBank Young Matildas continue their 2024 AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup qualifying campaign in Vietnam later this month. 

The Round 2 Qualifiers have seen Australia drawn in Group A alongside hosts Vietnam, Iran and Lebanon with the matches to be played between 3 and 11 June 2023.  

For the two top nations, the prize will be qualification for the 2024 AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup to be held in Uzbekistan from 3–16 March 2024.     

Two changes have been made to the squad that progressed to Round 2. Australia is boosted by the return of Melbourne City FC defender Naomi Chinnama after injury kept her out of the Round 1 fixtures. Meanwhile, recent A-League Women’s revelation Indiana Dos Santos joins her older sister Jynana in the U-20 national team for the first time. 

Eighteen players featured in the recent A-League Women’s season including four from 2023 Premiers and Champions, Sydney FC. Six different Member Federations are featured including several players from regional Australia and five players are currently participating in the U-23 training camp in Brisbane.

CommBank Young Matildas’ head coach Leah Blayney said: “This squad recognises the players who not only performed for us in the Round 1 Qualifiers but also those who have recorded consistent performances in the recent A-League Women’s season.”

“It was once again a challenging decision as the quality of players across the nation is continuing to increase as witnessed from our scouting at national team training camps, the National Premier Leagues and Elite Matches.

“We have worked to ensure we have a good balance across the squad not just in terms of positional depth, but also in finding the best combinations, whose player profiles best match our playing style.”

The 23 players and staff will assemble for a domestic camp in Sydney from 22 May before departing for Phu Tho, Vietnam. 

Australia will open their fixtures against Lebanon at Việt Trì Stadium before days later taking on Iran. Their Group A round-robin matches will be completed in front of a vocal home crowd against Vietnam.

“The progression of this group has been pleasing but we are all mindful that there will be an increase in intensity for Round 2, with all nations acutely aware that AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup qualification is on the line,” Blayney continued. 

“These matches will see us face teams with good technical foundations, that will be well organised defensively and provide active threats going forward. Internally our focus will be negating their strengths while diversifying our own style to continue adding more dimension to our game,” she concluded. 


Australia v Lebanon
Date: Saturday 3 June 2023
Time: 4:00 pm (Local) / 7:00 pm (AEST)
Venue: Việt Trì Stadium, Việt Trì

Iran v Australia 
Date: Monday 5 June 2023
Time: 4:00 pm (Local) / 7:00 pm (AEST)
Venue: Việt Trì Stadium, Việt Trì

Australia v Vietnam
Date: Wednesday 7 June 2023
Time: 7:00 pm (Local) / 10:00 pm (AEST)
Venue: Việt Trì Stadium, Việt Trì


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