Victory Youth pair selected for U-19 Championship qualifiers

Melbourne Victory Youth's Petar Franjic and Kliment Taseski have been selected in a squad of 23 players for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship 2010 qualifiers, which will be held in Bandung, Indonesia from November 7.

Melbourne Victory Youth's Petar Franjic and Kliment Taseski have been selected in a squad of 23 players for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship 2010 qualifiers, which will be held in Bandung, Indonesia from November 7.

Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Versleijen knows how challenging the qualification tournament will be, but is confident that the squad of players that he has selected will be able to make it to next year's Championship.

"We will have a tough task ahead of us at this tournament in particular against teams such as Japan and Indonesia who are always improving," Versleijen said.

"A number of our players were involved at the recent FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and the experience gained by them will be of great benefit to our campaign in Indonesia.

"We also have a variety of players, over a range of ages, within the group with some already playing in the Hyundai A-League, others in the National Youth League and AIS system, and a couple of players also playing overseas which brings different qualities to the selection.

"With all things considered, I am confident that the players that have been selected will be able to do the job of qualifying for next year's AFC U-19 Championship."

The Qantas Young Socceroos will assemble for a short training camp in Sydney on November 2 and depart for Indonesia two days later to prepare for its opening match of the tournament against Hong Kong on November 7.

The top two teams from the qualifiers will progress to the AFC U-19 Championship 2010, which will be held in November.

The host nation for the tournament will be determined in November 2009 with the AFC Competitions Committee to choose between bids from China, Thailand and Indonesia.