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Jedinak Misses South African Friendly, Cahill Takes The Skipper’s Role

Jedinak Misses South African Friendly, Cahill Takes The Skipper’s Role

Despite the groin injury that prevented him for participating in Australia’s friendly against South Africa, the Socceroos and Crystal Palace’s skipper, Mile Jedinak is confident that he will be in perfect shape during the World Cup.


According to Jedinak, the scans gave him positive results about his condition. He added that he is looking forward to a two (2) to three (3) weeks of recovery period and that he will devote majority of his time in preparing for the awaited event.


Several minutes after the first-half during the Fulham match, Jedinak has to be substituted.


However, while it is true that Australia will temporarily missed its skipper, Jedinak’s role is handed over to Tim Cahill.

Cahill currently holds the record for scoring the most goals for Australia. So far, he has already accumulated a total of thirty-one (31) goals for the national squad.


Although the friendly is the very first time, that Cahill will wear the captain’s armband, Ange Postecoglou stressed that the midfielder’s impressive demeanor as one of the squad’s senior members readily justify his appointment.


As for Cahill, to be the squad’s skipper proves to be the “proudest day” of his footballing career. He added that one does not an armband to be a leader. However, he added that leading the club in the beautiful game serves as an “amazing experience.”


Grouped with the incumbent champion, Spain, runner-up Netherland and promising Chile, Australia is the least favorite to win with world cup betting odds valued at 43. Advancing to the next stage may be a far-flung shot for the squad. Yet, with the strength and improvement that they have shown, they are very much capable to be the group’s dark horse.


Image Source: ABC

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