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Canberra Olympic’s FFA Cup clash with Sydney FC to open A-League doors

Canberra Olympic coach Frank Cachia hopes the FFA Cup opens the A-League door to some of his players. Photo: Elesa KurtzCanberra Olympic coach Frank Cachia says their FFA Cup semi-final clash against Sydney FC could open the A-League door to some of his players, with several scouts expected at Viking Park on Wednesday night.
Nanjing Night Net

Olympic are the Cinderella story of the FFA Cup, having stormed through to the final four where they are just one win away from a final against either Melbourne Victory or Melbourne City.

A little more than 2000 tickets had been sold on Saturday, with Viking Park’s capacity about 8000.

More than 5000 were at the venue two years ago when Tuggeranong United hosted the Victory in an earlier round of the competition.

Cachia has received messages of support from non-A-League clubs, who see Olympic as their representative in the final four.

He said the exposure on the national stage wasn’t just good for the club, but his players as well.

Two of them, Jordan Tsekenis and Jeremy Habtermariam, trialled with the Central Coast Mariners a few weeks ago as part of a pathway the A-League club is setting up from the nation’s capital.

Cachia hoped the FFA Cup would lead to a similar opportunity.

This Olympic side has already stamped itself as the club’s best in its 60-year history, having claimed the treble – the minor premiership, premiership and Federation Cup – and now they’re Canberra’s best-performed team in the FFA Cup.

They’ve had FFA director of referees Ben Wilson, a Canberran, working with the team this week to ensure they’ve got the best possible chance of progressing. At @COFC1956 training tonight updating players on new law changes ahead of @FFACup semi final next week pic.twitter南京夜网/jlSyJtKTEO— Ben Wilson (@BenWilsonFFA) October 11, 2016

Cachia said his team’s achievements this season wouldn’t sink in until the dust had well-and-truly settled.

“It’s a very big feather in our cap, but I don’t think we’ll realise how big this was and how successful this was until six or 12 months down the track and you look back on it and see what sort of players we attract from here on in,” he said.

“Even pre-season we’re getting a lot of interest from club’s outside of Canberra that want to play us.

“If any of our boys get recognised out of this game and potentially go on to A-League then we’ll know how big this was.

“We want to be known as the club of choice here in Canberra … if one of our guys goes on and plays A-League, that’s a great story for us.

“If you can put your best foot forward against a Sydney FC in an environment like that, it doesn’t hurt your claims.”

He said it was important his team didn’t get overawed on the big stage and simply allow Sydney to take control of the game in the opening 15 minutes.

They’ve lost two important cogs in their midfield, with Adam Rogic – the brother of Socceroos and Celtic star Tom Rogic – suspended after getting sent off in their quarter-final win over Green Gully and Tom McLachlan unavailable due to an overseas holiday.

Cachia said Victor Yanes will return from victory, while either Tsekenis or Habtermariam could also come into the XI.

“It’s more around whether we’re ready to start off and not waiting around and seeing what happens,” he said.

“We’ve got to at least match the intensity that they bring in the first 15-20 minutes and let the game develop from there rather than maybe go one behind and then realise we’re in a game.”

FFA CUP SEMI-FINAL

Wednesday: Canberra Olympic v Sydney FC at Viking Park, 7.30pm. Tickets available from Eventopia.

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