Rare achievement as club provides players to three teams at OFC U-17 Championship

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Auckland United supporters have plenty to watch at January’s OFC U-17 Championship tournament — their club has players representing three countries.

Among the nine squads competing at the tournament, Auckland United will have four players involved:

New Zealand — Bronson Brown (17) and James Ray (16) are in the national squad.

Fiji — United’s Areya Khrish Prasad (15) is a goalkeeper with the Young Bula Boys.

Cook Islands — Jeremiah Williams (16) makes up the United contingent at the tournament.

Brown and Ray have been regulars in the Auckland United youth teams in 2022, and both have turned out for the club’s U-23 team.

Prasad and Williams have played for the Mt Roskill club’s U-15 team during 2022.

Meanwhile, Manukau United’s Prashant Kumar (16)  and Auckland City’s Richie Swami are also members of the Fiji squad.

Fiji’s three Auckland-based players are:

Areya Prasad (Auckland United).
Prashant Kumar (Manukau United).
Richie Swami (Auckland City).

Samoa have three New Zealand-based players in their squad.

They are Cayden Steffener (Auckland City), Mitch McIlwraith (Tawa) and Malakye Paterson (Western Suburbs).

READ MORE: Our previous stories about the OFC U-17 Championship >>>>

About the tournament

Nine nations will compete in the OFC U-17 Championship between January 11-28, with the two finalists gaining automatic qualification to November’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.

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