Olyroos coach Vidmar determined to qualify for Rio

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U-23 national team boss admitted his team must qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic Games Football Tournament.

The 48 year-old expressed his happiness when Australia has been drawn in Group D alongside Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam in AFC U-23 tournament

Australia missed qualification for the 2012 London Olympics and Vidmar said the disappointment of that qualification campaign was a motivating factor this time around.

“I’m reasonably happy with that. You get to this stage and all the big teams are in there anyway so I’m pretty pleased with the draw,” Vidmar said.

“We’ve got a lot to make up for missing out last time. We had UAE in our final group four years ago so that’s also a nice one to hopefully get one back on them.

“We have to qualify, very simple.”

The Olyroos gathered in Europe last week in preparation for January’s tournament with the Aussies enjoying a 1-0 win over Turkey before suffering a 3-1 loss to FYR Macedonia just three days later.

Vidmar praised the efforts of his side’s performances and believes the clashes against quality opposition will ensure the team continues to develop as a group.

Olyroos will face UAE in the opening matchday of 2016 AFC Under-23 Championship.

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