Academy squad named for Gothia Cup tournament in China

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A squad of 31 players will represent the Ricki Herbert Football Academy at an international youth tournament in the Shandong province of China.

The squad departs from New Zealand on August 8, 2019, to take part in the eight-day tournament, called the Gothia Cup China. Click here for tournament details.


Esaiah Dass, Shannon Perham-Hayes, Aaron O’Connor, Flynn Cave, Cameron Smith, Abhinay Kumar, Antoneo Van Deursen, Evan Van Rooyen, Tamaho Perry, David Hungwe, Dylan Winstanley, William Benes, Lucas Lovelock, Connor O’Brien, Benji Gabb, Connagh Webb, Bryn Dew, Spencer Cleland, Quinn Steiner, Oliver Campbell, Zain Ismail, Nathan Murray, Saurav Chand, Luke Costello, Albie Francis-Alles, Logan Noack, Maui Wano, Nathaniel Green, Arniv Naiker, Archie Heyward, Joe Knowles.


Ricki Herbert – RHFA Director
Joe Hinds – Coach
Shaun O’Brien – Coach
Shane Campbell – Tour Manager

The first Gothia Cup China was held in August 2016 in Shenyang, China.

This third edition of the Gothia Cup China will be hosted in the city of Qingdao, part of the Shandong province of China.

Tournament programme

August 10th –Saturday
Gothia Opening Ceremony (free ticket with Gothia Card)

August 11th – Sunday
First round of group games

August 12th –Monday
Second round of games
Leader’s Party

August 13th – Tuesday
Third round of games start

August 14th –Wednesday
Play-offs A &B start

August 15th – Thursday
Play-offs A & B continue
Gothia Finals

August 16th – Friday
Gothia Finals & Closing Ceremony

August 17th – Saturday

Main photo: Previous tournament ceremonies have been spectacular.