Canberra’s A-League bid is urging the national capital's Socceroos fans to replicate the crazy passion shown by visiting fans in the 2015 Asian Cup.
Matching that emotion on the terraces at the Socceroos’ October 10 World Cup qualifier in Canberra could be the winning showcase for the city’s A-League potential, says backer Michael Caggiano.
He says the time has “come and passed” to prove their worth as a bid and a sea of local noisy Socceroos fans can only help the area's A-League bid to be included in the competition.
“I don’t think we need to prove our credentials anymore, or our appetite for professional football, that time has come and passed,” Caggiano told FTBL.
“Let’s get behind the Socceroos and fill GIO Stadium with a sea of green and yellow on October 10.
“We know the venue can produce a great atmosphere full of football crazy Canberrans, just look at the last time the AFC was played there – packed houses, wonderful atmospheres, playing surface of the tournament – this will be a great event again.
“I urge all people from our region to once again go and enjoy professional football, an experience we’re still actively working on making a more common thing in Canberra in future A-League seasons”.
If Canberran Tom Rogic is fit and selected - the currently injured Celtic playmaker will be home in early September to recuperate - he’d make the connection between the bid and the Socceroos even more real.