3 Queenslanders named in World team

Queenslanders Calem Volker, Jason lee and Mabiol Chol have been named in the 2013 World Team squad which will compete at the Under 16 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships in Sydney in July.

Premiership player and former Carlton captain Anthony Koutoufides has been named head coach of the World Team.

The 2013 squad will showcase the skills of talented international youngsters from South Africa, England, Ireland and Denmark, as well the best upcoming AFL multicultural players from across the nation.

“The World Team provides international and multicultural AFL players with elite training, personal development and AFL talent pathway opportunities,” said Anthony Koutoufides.

“Coming from a Greek and Italian background, I am excited to be given the opportunity to coach the World Team.

“I hope to uncover great talent, such as Sudanese footballer Duom Dawam who represented the World Team in 2012 and was selected into the 2013 Level 1 AIS-AFL Academy after his outstanding performance at the Championships.”

The World Team plays a key role in the AFL International and Multicultural growth strategy.

The AFL’s Kevin Sheehan, Chris Johnson, Michael Ablett and Darren Flanigan selected the final squad of 26 players.

The selection process for the international representatives for the World Team was vast and extensive with many players considered from across the globe.

Multicultural players from across Australia were selected following the National Multicultural Talent camp held in Victoria in May.

The World Team will take part in a two-day high performance training camp from July 4 in Sydney prior to competing in the NAB AFL Championships.

The Under 16 NAB AFL Championships will be played from July 6 -13, coinciding with the AFL’s Multicultural Round which will celebrate ‘Many cultures. One game’.

The World Team will compete against the South Pacific, The Flying Boomerangs and WA North-West.

2013 AFL World Team squad:


Vuyisile Sokoyi International player South Africa

Atang Moshoeshoe International player South Africa

Banini Sekori International player South Africa

Msizi Dan Mkhize International player South Africa

Victor Peterson International player Denmark

David McGivney International player Ireland

Colin Kenny International player Ireland

Kahlin Santillo Gilles Plains Australia Italy Australia

Sam Ciappina Wynn Vale Australia Italy Italy

Hisham Kerbatieh Meadow Heights Australia Australia Lebanon

Robert Mostert Caversham South Africa South Africa South Africa

Takhudzwa Phiri Success Zambia Zambia Zambia

Cameron Cope Brownhills Walsall England

Damendeep Ajula Lalor New Zealand India Samoa

Yusef Kassem Kewdale Australia Lebanon Lebanon

Jason Lee Mermaid Waters Australia Australia

Calem Volker North Bundaberg Australia German Australia

Thomas Taurau Ararat Australia NZ Australia

James El Moussalli Research Australia Egypt New Zealand

Abraham Kennedy Banksia Grove Ivory Coast Liberia Liberia

David Smith Doodlakine Australia Australia Hungary

Thomas Jok Pakenham Sudan Sudan Sudan

Khamis Mamur Taylors lakes Kenya Sudan Sudan

James Paligorov Beaconsfiled Australia Macedonian Australia

Ruan Greyling Mt Claremont South Africa South Africa South Africa

Mabiol Chol Acacia Ridge Sudan

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