Tim Cahill may have hung up his boots but that won’t stop him playing a key role for the Socceroos in another World Cup campaign.
As the players celebrated on the night after beating Peru in Monday’s intercontinental play-off in Doha, Football Australia staff turned their attention to preparations for November’s World Cup, including the finalization of warm-up matches , potential farewell matches, training bases and accommodation.
To speed up this process, FA sought the advice of Cahill, the Socceroos great who has spent the last few years living and working in Qatar. In 2020, Cahill was hired as an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup, before being hired as the sporting director of the Aspire Academy, a government-funded football school in Doha.
Having worked directly within Qatari football and for the local organizing committee in Doha, few people have gained a better understanding of the World Cup layout, facilities and challenges than Cahill. While his role has been criticized for the high death rate of migrant workers in Qatar, his insight became invaluable to the Socceroos.
“We didn’t want to count our chickens before they hatched but now we know we will be here in November this year, those talks will start today in Doha,” Football Australia chief James Johnson said. , about the Socceroos’ potential training base. World Cup.
“The good news for us is that we have one of our all-time greats, Timmy Cahill, we’re already in discussions with him about where we’re staying. He’s local, he cares. the team.
Throughout Australia’s preparations for the play-offs, Cahill has been a regular presence in the Socceroos camp. He spoke to the team in the days leading up to the victory over Peru and acted as a mentor to many players.
The small Gulf state does not pose many logistical problems with all venues a short distance from the capital Doha. Australia have been confirmed in Group D of the tournament, alongside France, Tunisia and Denmark and will play their matches in Doha and Al-Wakrah, south of the capital.