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Nine Wellington players in NZ’s FIFA U17 squad

Nine Wellington Phoenix Academy players are included in New Zealand’s FIFA U17 squad for the upcoming tournament in the Solomon Islands.

By Luke Jackson

The tournament will run from 9 to 22 September, and 20 players have been named for the squad by head coach José Figueira.

Phoenix Academy Director, Paul Temple, is excited by the amount of talent coming from the Wellington Phoenix Academy.

“To have nine players selected for one national squad is unprecedented, I believe. It’s nice for us because it confirms what we’re doing here is working. We wanted to create the best environment that would enhance the progress of the boys and we’re seeing that now with these selections.”

The announcement follows the achievement of Phoenix representation in the U20 squad that claimed the U19 Championship in Tahiti.

Wellington Phoenix Academy Players in the New Zealand squad for OFC U16 Championship: Alex Paulsen, Kris Naicker , Adam Hillis, Finn O’Connor, Jackson Manuel, Ben Old, Henry Hamilton, Joseph Lee, Oskar van Hattum.