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Jordan Lambi to star for Roar in National Youth League

A-LEAGUE prospect Jordan Lambi likes chemistry, rock music and admires French football great Zidane.

However, it's his dream to one day play for the Socceroos that has him most excited about his future.

The year 11 West Moreton Anglican College student is preparing to play his second match for Brisbane Roar in tomorrow's National Youth League.

Lambi, 16, is heading to Gosford with the Roar squad tackling the Central Coast Mariners. He played 40 minutes for the Roar in their 2-1 loss to Melbourne Heart in his debut youth game this month.

While many of his school mates are preparing for an end-of-year holiday, Lambi is gearing up for a hectic few months.

"I've only had a week off since February," Lambi said.

During the school holidays, he'll be training with the Roar up to five times a week as well as weekend games when selected.

Having come through the WestMAC Football of Excellence program since year 8, Lambi was spotted after outstanding form for the Queensland Academy of Sport.

"I've been playing for the QAS and in the state league this year," the former midfielder-turned- striker said.

"I got a trial at the end of the season and they (Roar) signed me up."

Karalee-based Lambi started his junior football at Colleges United before five years at Lions and securing a QAS spot.

However, signing a one-year contract to play for the Brisbane Roar youth squad is a massive boost as he also contemplates playing in next year's Australian Premier League state competition.

"It's pretty exciting. It's a pretty good opportunity," he said.

"I want to be a professional footballer and play in the A-League and maybe even for the Socceroos one day."

Lambi has benefited from WestMAC's Football of Excellence program where students gain extra training and improve their personal skills as part of their college curriculum.

"It's pretty good. It's been a small intimate class this year," he said.

Lambi modestly describes himself as "not particularly fast but I like to think I have a decent first touch and a good passer of the ball".

However, the teacher in charge of the WestMAC football program said Lambi offered much more.

"He's got great natural ability but his mental attitude is probably his strongest point," Cail Turp said.

As for why he loves football, Lambi said: "I just like the tactical awareness of the game. You have to think in this game."

Lambi hopes to play for the Brisbane Roar in the A-League and study at university when he completes his secondary studies at WestMAC next year.

Topics:  brisbane roar, west moreton anglican college



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