Socceroos call up 17-year-old sensation Nestory Irankunda for Ecuador friendlies

  • Train-on player replaces ill Riley McGree in full squad
  • Adelaide United winger is yet to start a senior match

Nestory Irankunda could become the youngest Socceroo in history after the Adelaide United teenager was promoted to Graham Arnold’s squad proper ahead of two home friendlies against Ecuador.

Irankunda, who turned 17 in February, has set the A-League Men alight this season with his precocious talent in the front third, particularly his penchant to strike from a tight angle and follow goals with a triple somersault celebration.

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A-Leagues target Canberra and Auckland for expansion in 2024

  • Men’s competition to grow to 14 teams for 2024-25 season
  • Pair beat 11 other contenders to win ‘preferred market’ status

Canberra and Auckland are the A-Leagues’ preferred markets for their next round of expansion ahead of the 2024-25 season.

They beat out 11 other contenders including north Queensland, Gold Coast and Wollongong and are now on track to join the competition in little more than 18 months, pending the finalisation of licence applications in June.

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