Holger Osieck named his squad for Australia’s friendly against Egypt on 17th November. The main inclusion is that of former Roar and Adelaide defender Sasa Ognenovski. The 31-year-old currently plays for K-League side Seongnam Illwha, who he captained to the AFC Champions League Final. Goalkeeper Nathan Coe also got a call-up, plying his trade in Denmark. Neither player has made their debut for the Socceroos yet.
Holman and Lucas Neil return to the squad after being injured for the last call-up, while Michael Thwaite, Jade North and Matt McKay will represent the A-League.
Nathan Burns, Nikita Rukyvytsya and James Troisi were also thought to be considered but are all suffering from various injury problems.
The A-League has a new PR company as well, and hopefully they’ll do a better job and have more funds than the last one. The company is Frank PR and they will be focusing on the national coverage rather than the coverage of the clubs. They are looking to target the population who aren’t already going to A-League games, so basically the whole population. Good luck to them and hopefully we’ll see an increase in attendances as a result of their work.
Adelaide have left the wings of the FFA after securing new owners. Robert Gerard is leading a local business consortium and have appointed Greg Griffin as Chairman. The FFA have controlled the Reds since May 2009 and this is great news for the future of the A-League. Gerard has exclaimed his hope in joining with AFL clubs, in particular North Adelaide, to create a supporter base for both codes. This would include dual-membership for both clubs and could be the way forward for sport in Australia. There is no doubt football has the capacity to grow, but it needs to target the supporters of other codes. Without ‘stealing’ them from other codes, but by in fact ‘sharing’ them, this could be a great opportunity for all Australian sports.
The rumours surrounding Tinkler buying the Knights would also create an opportunity to show how two codes can work together in the same town.