Our youngest over age talent have embarked on their journey to China to compete in the AFC U23 Championship as a warm up for Ante Milicic when he takes over Socceroos duties, but not without controversy.
The little lads have been torn from side to side over the past couple of months like meat in an ugly separation. With A-League teams lodging a complaint, demanding their best youth be deprived of the opportunity to represent their country on a world stage due to the lack of depth within the league.
Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners cop the grunt with the highest percentage and most skilful players chosen. While the lads are suffering minor emotional damage, thankfully they have not been force to choose between the two.
Greg Griffin and his loud mouth led Team Griffin against releasing players for international duty after a long coffee with Paul Okon who is mainly concerned about losing their number 10, Danny De Silva. However Team Milicic kept a strong voice and unfortunately for Team Griffin they did not have the backing of Sydney FC as no players were selected, meaning FFA turned down the appeal.
On the bright side, Fox Sports have announced they will be broadcasting the entire second half of the match next Thursday night! That’s right, we have the privilege to watch the dying end of an exhausted Syrian side and still get to enjoy the delightful comedy stylings of Archie Thompson. While yes, we could argue watching Tara Rushton for an entire 45 minutes is far more enjoyable then us playing third world countries, it is to believe Fox Sports are publicly backing Team Griffin.
What other reasons do we have to believe Fox Sports have been bribed with muffin baskets, luxury items and gift vouchers from several A-League coaching staff? At the end of the day, it’s not like the A-League was created purely to fund the Socceroos..