Australia's biggest stars are set to light up the nation's capital against Nepal in October, says Matt McKay.
The Caltex Socceroos are set to host the South Asian nation in their first home match on the road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ on Thursday, 10 October 2019, kick off 7:30pm AEST.
It is the first time Australia have played in Canberra since a 3-0 win over Kyrgyz Republic in November 2015.
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And McKay - who was part of that squad nearly four years ago - can't wait for the likes of Aaron Mooy, Maty Ryan and hometown hero Tom Rogic to return Down Under and make a statement of intent.
“Knowing Arnie, I think he’ll select the best team every single game. The full squad will be out there, we need a result, we need to make a statement throughout this first phase of qualifying,” McKay said.
He added: “The squad overall love coming to Canberra. I’m sure the players that come out here will do us proud.”
Meanwhile, FFA Head of National Performance Luke Casserly said that the fixture will serve as an important building block for the road to Qatar.
“To qualify for Russia, we ended up playing 22 qualification matches – more than anyone has ever played,” he said.
“Our home games become incredibly important, and the support of the ACT government to have use down here is very important.”
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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ – Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2
Australia v Nepal
Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 7:30pm AEST
Tickets: Football Family on sale 1pm Tuesday, 13 August 2019; General Public on sale 1pm Thursday, 15 August 2019 – visit www.socceroos.com.au for details
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, and via the My Football Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers