FIVE GV Suns youth players and three coaches have been selected in Victorian representative squads to tour Japan this month.
Teng Kuol, Brandon Giaccherini and Josh Rachele have been selected in the Football Federation Victoria’s (FFV) Country Boys U14s squad with Garang Kuol and James Nieuwenhuizen selected in the U13s squad. The squads will travel to Japan to play against local academy and school teams.
And in a further coup for the Goulburn Valley, the FFV has appointed local coaches, David Davkovski and Shaban Mehmet as the head coaches for the U14 and U13 squads with Matt Maiorano appointed team manager.
“It’s great to see so many of our boys and coaches selected in the squads – its testament to the quality talent we are developing in the Goulburn Valley,” David Davkovski said.
The overseas program is just one of the changes introduced by the FFV this year. The 2017 changes began with the FFV establishing eight FFV Talent Identification and Development Centres across regional Victoria with David Davkovski appointed to lead the Shepparton program.
“The centres allow our talented local players to complete the same programs as their metro counterparts, while playing for their local clubs and without travelling to Melbourne several times a week,” David said.
Shaban Mehmet said the talent development changes coincided with changes to the National Premier League (NPL) fixture with the GV Suns playing two-thirds of the 27 round season at home at the redeveloped Shepparton Sports Precinct.
“NPL level soccer allows our youth players to test themselves against the best in the state each and every weekend of the season. We are seeing incredible growth in our young players as demonstrated by their selection in Victorian representative squads,” Shaban said.
The boys and coaches depart for Japan on August 14 and return on August 22.