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NZ squad named for OFC U19 tournament

Chris Greenacre has named his squad for the OFC U19 Championship

A squad featuring three overseas based players plus plenty of home talent has been named by coach Chris Greenacre for the OFC Men's U-19 Championship.

The tournament will be played in Samoa next month.

The 23-player squad features 20 players based in Aotearoa New Zealand and three playing overseas in Australia, Dubai and the USA. 


Six players in Greenacre’s squad were also selected to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at last year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia. 

Of note is Luke Coveny the son of former All Whites great Vaughan who plays in the A-League for Western United FC.

James Bulkeley has Australian and New Zealand links and is now based in Dubai while

Keegan Kelly who was a prolific goalscorer in Auckland. which led to his naming in the New Zealand U23 team.

Kelly is now at College in the United States n the Flatirons Rush team in South Carolina.

Greenacre feels his side has the experience and talent to get the job done, but feels the competition will be tough.

“It is great to name my first tournament squad and I look forward to meeting up with the team in Samoa and getting to work. 

“This is a strong group with a number of players already having represented Aotearoa New Zealand on the international stage, but we know the level of the teams in Oceania is rapidly developing so this will be a tough tournament but great for our players’ development," said Greenacre.

Eleven of the 23-strong squad are Phoenix players and the team is coached by club legend Chris Greenacre.

The Nix contingent is headlined by first-team squad members Alby Kelly-Heald, Luke Supyk and Gabriel Sloane-Rodrigues.

New Zealand has been drawn in Group B at the tournament alongside New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and hosts Samoa. 

NZ squad:

James BULKELEY, Fleetwood United FC, Dubai

Lachlan CANDY, Waterside Karori FC, New Zealand

Adama COULIBALY, Western Springs AFC, New Zealand

Luka COVENY, Western United FC, Australia

Fergus GILLION, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Bruce IZUMI, Western Suburbs FC, New Zealand

Seth KARUNARATNE, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Keegan KELLY, Flatirons Rush SC, USA

Alby KELLY-HEALD, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Tze-Xuan LOKE, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Daniel MAKOWEM, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Eamonn MCCARRON, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Finn MCKENLAY, Eastern Suburbs AFC, New Zealand

Oliver MIDDLETON, Auckland United FC, New Zealand

Lewis PARTRIDGE, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Codey PHOENIX, Auckland United FC, New Zealand

Rico PRADHAN, Christchurch United FC, New Zealand

Gabriel SLOANE-RODRIGUES, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand 

Luke SUPYK, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Stipe UKICH, Auckland City FC, New Zealand

Nathan WALKER, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand 

Joe WALLIS, Auckland City FC, New Zealand 

Ryan WATSON, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

New Zealand face New Caledonia July (KO 11am NZT), before facing Samoa on 9 July (KO 2pm NZT) and Papua New Guinea on 12 July (KO 11am NZT). All games will be played at FFS Football Stadium in Apia, Samoa.



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