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Morgan has high hopes for Australia at Bahrain 2020

Sydney: Australia U-16 head coach Trevor Morgan has set the bar high for the Joeys the AFC U-16 Championship Bahrain 2020 in November.

With Australia regular participants at the FIFA U-17 World Cup and having made the Round of 16 in last year’s edition, Morgan is targeting a minimal semi-final finish in Bahrain 2020 to seal qualification for Peru 2021.

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The last decade saw Australia qualify for three editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup and Morgan wants his young charges to rub shoulders with the world’s best talents in Peru 2021.

Preparation for the AFC U-16 Championship Bahrain 2020 has been hampered by COVID-19 restrictions, with the Joeys squad yet to train together.

“They've missed out on a few tournaments and training together, but the players have responded well to video tasks," said Morgan, 49, to local media.

"They've been saying it's good to train with their brother or their dad. I'm excited to get back to training and spending time with the kids.

"Fingers crossed we will be in camp in a couple of weeks time. There's one in August and September leading into the championships."

Australia are in Group C of the AFC U-16 Championship Bahrain 2020 with Korea Republic, Uzbekistan and India for company. The tournament is scheduled for November 25 till December 12.

Two years ago in Malaysia, Australia lost 3-1 to eventual champions Japan in the semi-finals.

Photos: Football Federation Australia, AFC

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