Bruno Fornaroli has anointed Kusini Yengi because the Socceroos’ long-term centre-forward, however the veteran Melbourne Victory striker nonetheless needs to play an element in Australia’s two World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Lebanon subsequent month.
Fornaroli and Yengi have been behind 33-year-old Mitch Duke within the pecking order of the Socceroos’ central attacking choices on the Asian Cup, which ended for Australia with a 2-1 weekend quarter-final loss to South Korea.
Not one of the three scored on the event, however Fornaroli, 36, noticed greater than sufficient in 25-year-old Yengi – who performs for English third-tier membership Portsmouth – to imagine he’s the Socceroos’ future “No.9”.
“When the event completed I mentioned to ‘Kus’ to ‘preserve going’ and that he could be the No.9 of the nationwide staff sooner or later,” Fornaroli mentioned.
“He has the ability, he’s a wise man, he works so onerous, he listens to everybody, he’s all the time attempting to study and he’s essential for the longer term.”
Not that the evergreen Fornaroli has given up hope of conserving his spot in Australia’s squad for matches in opposition to Lebanon in Sydney (March 21) and at a yet-to-be decided venue 5 days later.
“In fact I will probably be glad if I’m within the squad once more,” he mentioned.
“It’s essential for us and I’ll attempt to do my greatest there (if chosen) and I’ll preserve attempting to do the perfect for my membership, however that was the one means I obtained to the Asian Cup squad, and will probably be the one means I get within the (nationwide) squad once more.”
Earlier than leaving for the Asian Cup, Fornaroli had scored 13 objectives in 10 A-League matches this season.
Within the 5 video games the Victory performed whereas he was away, the Melbourne membership drew 4 and lacked a killer intuition in assault.
Nonetheless, Fornaroli was adamant that his membership didn’t miss him.
“We performed some nice soccer, however we couldn’t kill some video games,” he mentioned.
“The soccer is there. We’ve good gamers, squad and so they didn’t miss me.
“The staff did an amazing job and now I’m again to attempt to assist them. I’m very glad and pleased with teammates for what they did. I can’t wait to begin once more for the Victory.”
The third-placed Victory host Macarthur FC at AAMI Park on Saturday earlier than assembly arch rivals Melbourne Metropolis, considered one of two of Fornaroli’s former A-League golf equipment, the next weekend on the similar venue.
Fornaroli’s return isn’t the one increase the Victory will obtain, with former Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix midfielder Roly Bonevacia having joined the membership for the remainder of the season.
The Netherlands-born 32-year-old Curacao worldwide made 125 A-League appearances from 2014 to 2019 earlier than stints in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.
“It’s nice to be again within the A-League and taking part in for a membership like Melbourne Victory,” Bonevacia mentioned.
“The staff has been wonderful this season and I would like to have the ability to carry extra success to the staff as we push in direction of the finals.”
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