Boomerangs FS youth and men’s player, Elie Darwich has been selected for the Lebanon national U20s squad in preparation for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U20 Futsal Championships in early 2019.
Elie is heading off to Lebanon on Monday 9 July and whilst there will play in the Alfa National Futsal League with the U20s squad as preparation for the AFC Championships.
The AFC U20 Futsal Championships was first contested in 2017 with Lebanon coming a respectable second in their pool (W3/D1/L0) and losing their quarter-final to eventual winners, Iran.
We wish Elie all the best with the opportunities his national representative duties in Lebanon provide – but his presence will be missed around the club as a player, coach, role model and club member during the upcoming FNSW PL2 season. (We do look forward to benefitting from his skills development though!)
At the same time, we lament the lack of any Australian national futsal program and representative teams under the FFA regime (men’s, women’s and youth) which would allow for more of our talented players to represent their country on the international stage.
Elie is sponsored by Yowani Country Club.
To understand why the Lebanon national team was keen to seek his services, check out his highlights reel from 2017/2018.