They plan to shatter Australia's World Cup dream, but Socceroo Sasa Ognenovski frankly admitted he doesn't know the name of a single Jordan player.
They plan to shatter Australia's World Cup dream with an upset victory in Melbourne next week, but Socceroo Sasa Ognenovski frankly admitted he doesn't know the name of a single Jordan player.
Speaking in Melbourne ahead of Australia's decisive World Cup qualifier at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, the central defender said he would turn to video footage later this week in a bid to do his home work on the visitors' attacking threats.
Jordan and Australia are locked on seven points in Group B of the final round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, with the Socceroos in third spot on goal difference.
Depending on other results, a loss could end Australia's World Cup dream.
Asked which Jordan players posed the most danger, Ognenovski admitted the whole team was an unknown quantity.
"I don't them by name. There are a few guys who run around in the Qatar league that I have seen play. But I'm not sure of their names," the 34-year-old said.
"They are probably a bit more direct. They will try the longer ball a bit more. We haven't done much video stuff on them yet, we probably will as the week wears on."
Traditionally, Middle Eastern teams have come to Australia and made defence a priority. Jordan cannot do that because, like Australia, they need a pair of wins from their remaining two fixtures to guarantee a place in Brazil.
"They are going to come here wanting to win because they know if they have got one foot into the World Cup," Ognenovski said.
"But if they come here and attack hopefully that works into our favour."
Ognenovski said the Socceroos would enter the clash with a contrasting mindset to this week's 1-1 result against Japan.
"We will go in with a bit more of an attacking mentality," he said.
"Japan is a team that you can't let get in behind you. They look to posses the ball a lot. Jordan play a different style of football so we will have to try and match up against them as well as possible."
Meanwhile Ognenovski laughed off an incident at Melbourne Airport, where Jordan's head coach was detained by immigration officials.
A spokesman for Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship said the coach had been referred by customs officers to immigration officials to 'confirm his immigration status'.
"Maybe customs were trying to hold them back or something," Ognenovski said.
"Maybe (Australia coach) Holger (Osieck) had something to do with it."
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