listen to pfa ceo john didulica speak about an exciting future for football in south-east asia
PFA CEO John Didulica believes the perception of South Eastern Asian nations in world football has changed due to improvements in their youth development.
Didulica told Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Extra how an increase in funding and tactical understanding in conjunction with a passionate football population has transformed the paradigm of Asian football.
This was in response to criticism towards the Olyroos following their 1-0 loss to Vietnam.
Didulica also believes Australia’s World Cup qualification path through Asia will only get harder, emphasising how Australia have had it easy over the past few campaigns.
“[Australia] have had it easy because we have only had a handful of teams at our level. That will change in the next four to eight years,” Didulica said.
Moreover, Didulica highlighted the importance of educating Australians about the increase in quality from South Eastern Nations who could potentially be regarded as good as Japan or South Korea.
“It’s going to be a fascinating decade,” Didulica said.
John Didulica is CEO of the PFA and appears on Football Extra every Monday from 9am (AEDT) on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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