The Courier-Mail


FFA Cup tie provides Aloisi with look into club’s depth

- MARCO MON MONTEVERDE @marcothejo­urnmarcoth­ejourno

BRISBANE young guns Mitchell Hore Hore, Abraham Yango and Ca Cameron Crestani could all play tonight as Roa Roar coach John Aloisi t takes no risks with s several regulars fo for the Roar’s FFA C Cup round of 32 c clash.

Joining longerterm absentees Luke DeVere, Mic chael Theo and Je Jean Carlos Solorzan zano on the sidelines are Corey Brown (thigh), Jerome Polenz (ankle) and Steve Lu Lustica (hamstring).

“A couple of t them could have played if it was an A A-League game but we don’t need to be taking any chances at the moment,” Aloisi said.

That is not to say Aloisi is treating tonight’s Cup clash against Western Sydney Wanderer Wanderers in Penrith as nothing more than a trial.

“Don’t get me w wrong, we want to win this game,’’ he s said.

‘‘It’s a great com competitio­n and we’d love to do well in it.

“The youngsters in my squad, I’ll have no hesitation u using them. I know they can do the job for me.”

Of the three, mi midfielder Hore has perhaps impressed t the most.

Attacking weapo weapon Yango can also cause damage, whi while Crestani is an emerging defender.

Aloisi said the ma match had come at a good time for the R Roar, whose financial and ownership woes continue to cloud the club’s futu future.

“Having a game is also really good for our fans to follow and watch rather than be always t talking about anything else that’s goin going on at the club.”

In better news, th the Roar yesterday announced a new m major sponsorshi­p deal with insurance brokers Steadfast, which was previously the club’s backof-shirt sponsor.

The Roar will wear their new playing kit tonight against the Wanderers, with the club reverting to predominan­tly black shorts after last season’s all-orange outfit.

The jersey includes a star with the number three to signify the club’s three A-League championsh­ips.

A “We are Queensland” motto will appear on the back of the jersey above the player’s name.

Football Federation Australia remains cautiously optimistic that Roar chairman and Bakrie Group senior vice-president Chris Fong can complete the sale of the club.

As revealed yesterday by The Courier-Mail, Fong had weekend meetings in Paris to speed up sale negotiatio­ns with a consortium including overseas and Australian investors after the collapse of a previous potential sale worth $18 million.

The Queensland Rugby Union, which is taking Supreme Court action against the Roar for more than $60,000 of unpaid Ballymore tenancy rent, fired another salvo yesterday in the slanging match between the organisati­ons and also took a shot at FFA.

“The QRU is just one of many creditors owed money (by the Roar) for a considerab­le period,” QRU chief executive Jim Carmichael said in a statement.

“That’s why I said two weeks ago that the FFA need to examine the ownership model of their A-League franchises and provide some level of comfort to organisati­ons who have supported this soccer franchise over many years.”

Far North Queensland Heat will visit Oakleigh Cannons in another FFA Cup round of 32 clash tonight.

 ??  ?? ORANGE AND THE NEW BLACK: Skipper Matt McKay wearing the club’s new strip. The Roar will face the Wanderers in the FFA Cup tonight.
ORANGE AND THE NEW BLACK: Skipper Matt McKay wearing the club’s new strip. The Roar will face the Wanderers in the FFA Cup tonight.

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