Knight names Qantas Futsalroos squad

Qantas Futsalroos Head Coach Steven Knight has named a 16-player squad for ASB Trans Tasman Cup against New Zealand.

Qantas Futsalroos Head Coach Steven Knight has named a 16-player squad for ASB Trans Tasman Cup against New Zealand, “The Futsal Whites”, at ASB Stadium in Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand from 21-23 September 2012.

Knight will be using the three-match series as part of his team-s preparation for November-s FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 in Thailand.

“Since qualifying for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, the players have personally taken their preparation to another level with extra fitness training and court sessions, which is fantastic considering their amateur status and balancing work and family commitments,” Knight said.

“The upcoming series against New Zealand will be our first hit-out against international opposition since qualification and every minute on the court from here to Thailand is extremely important.

"We have been training hard, but you can only do so much in training compared to a match.

“I-ll also be using the series to test a number of younger players to see if they are up to international level.

“These matches signal the start of the final selection process and it is now up to the players to prove that they deserve to be in the final squad for the FIFA Futsal World Cup,” Knight said.

Next month the Qantas Futsalroos will continue their preparations when they play a friendly match against the Solomon Islands on Wednesday 10th October 2012 (Kick-Off 7:00pm at the Logan Metro Insports Centre (Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead).

The Qantas Futsalroos have been drawn in Group D of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 along with Argentina, Mexico and Italy.

Qantas Futsalroos Squad for ASB Trans Tasman Cup - 21-23 September 2012

Name Club Jarrod BASGER Maccabi Hakoah Aaron CIMITLE East Coast Heat FC Keenan DUIMPIES No current Club Daniel FOGARTY West City Crusaders/Supercats Daniel FULTON Boomerangs FS Laureano GOMEZ Sydney City Eagles Renagi David INGRAM No current Club Angelo KONSTANTINOU Boomerangs FS/ Supercats Fernando DE MORAES Victoria Vipers FC Dean LOCKHART Campbelltown Quake/Dural Warriors Roberto MAIORANA East Coast Heat FC Nathan NISKI Dural Warriors Tobias SEETO Dural Warriors Peter SPATHIS East Coast Heat/Sydney City Eagles Lachlan WRIGHT Enfield Rovers Christopher ZEBALLOS Sydney City Eagles

Team Staff Head Coach - Steven Knight Assistant Coach - Rob Varela Trainer - Arthur Kazas Team Manager - Phil Watson

Upcoming Match Details

ASB Trans-Tasman Cup New Zealand v Qantas Futsalroos ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, Auckland Match One: Friday 21 September, 7.30pm Match Two: Saturday 22 September, 7.30pm Match Three: Sunday 23 September, noon

International Friendly Qantas Futsalroos v Solomon Islands Wednesday 10th October 2012 Logan Metro Insports Centre, Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead Kick-Off 7:00pm