Former heavyweight NSL club, Sydney Olympic FC, will host the A-League’s most successful outfit, Sydney FC, at Belmore in the Round of 32 in the FFA Cup.
“It’s fantastic to be drawn to play Sydney FC. A game like this is really great for the club as a whole, great for the die hard fans and obviously nice for the players to test themselves,” Sydney Olympic head coach, Ante Juric, tells The Greek Herald.
“This year we’ve put more emphasis on the future, as can be seen with our youthful squad, where close to half the squad of players are under 22, so we are a team in transition but building nicely for the future years.”
Mr Juric went on to say that drawing Sydney FC will be a great opportunity for all the players to showcase the team’s potential and to fast track their development as individuals and as a team.
“The team will respect Sydney FC, as they have proven to be the best team in Australia over the past 5 years. However, we will do everything we can to win and progress,” the head coach says.
“The club has a superb history of winning, winning against the odds and of being title/cup winners, it’s in the club’s bloodline. Past glories in the NSL show that and recent glories in the NSWNPL reinforces that as a club.
“All in all, again, this is a great opportunity and as a team we are looking forward to the grandeur of the game versus SFC and we will give it everything we have to get a positive result.”
Teams in the round of 32 have been divided into four zones to avoid potential problems caused by border restrictions.
The winner of this year’s Cup will have the chance to qualify for the 2022 AFC Champions League.