FORMER Socceroo Craig Moore believes not enough money was invested into the 2012 London Olympics qualifying campaign after the Olyroos failed to reach the finals for the first time since 1984.
Compared to our Asian counterparts, we aren’t putting enough money into our future Socceroos according to Moore.
“They’re investing more money at the same level,” Moore told SEN.
“You have to invest and you have to have the right people involved to get to regular World Cups, to get to Asian Cups, regularly qualifying for Olympic games.
“I don’t believe enough time or unfortunately money was invested into this Olympic team.
“Unfortunately money is vital in regards to investing your team and by that I mean like, so the boys can prepare and get the best, the top medical team involved.”
Moore admits it’s a lot of money but “you can’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to preparation.”
“It is a lot of money but you need to put it into the game, to get to that next level things need to get done properly,” he said.
Captain of the Olyroos at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Moore also said it’s a “huge concern” our future Socceroos won’t be showcased in London.
“Well I mean these kids are meant to be the future of our national team," Moore said.
“Our national team will be going through a bit of a change over the next few years so to not be going to the Olympic games and to get that extra experience is a huge concern I believe.
“It’s certainly not a World Cup but to be able to represent your country at an Olympic games is such fantastic achievement.
“Just being involved in that whole environment, it is a massive event watched all over the world by millions of people. Unfortunately were not going to be able to showcase our talent.”
The Olyroos qualifying campaign will conclude when Iraq make the trip to Bluetongue Stadium on March 14.