FFA Cup Watch: Who could earn a Hyundai A-League call-up with big performances tonight?

With the FFA Cup Round of 32 getting underway tonight, it gives a host of players from the Member Federation clubs to showcase their talent on the national stage.

Every year new stars emerge, with some catching the eye of Hyundai A-League clubs to earn a professional contract.

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We’ve picked out five players who could enhance their claims of a Hyundai A-League call-up with a big performance tonight.

Tasuku Sekiya (APIA Leichhardt)

APIA pulled off a major coup when they convinced Sekiya to join the club from Japan last year.

The 25-year-old is one of the most talented players in the NSW NPL and is a major reason why the Tigers have been so consistent over the last two years.

Striking up a great partnership with Jordan Murray in attack, Sekiya has found the net nine times from 19 games in the league this season but has created just as many goals for the league-leaders in NSW.

A genuine excitement machine and someone the Port Melbourne Sharks will need to stop if they are to win tonight!

Tasuku Sekiya
Tasuku Sekiya

Jez Lofthouse (Olympic FC)

There’s a real buzz about this teenager in Queensland, who has burst onto the scene with Olympic FC.

A skillful and pacy winger, Lofthouse also has an eye for goal with 11 for the campaign for the side currently sitting in second spot in the Queensland NPL.

And many of his goals have been spectacular, going viral on social media.

With teammates like Shane Stefanutto and Alex Smith, Lofthouse has plenty of experience he can draw from as he looks to propel Olympic FC past Lions FC and into the Round of 16.

Joey Katebian (Avondale)

The classy 22-year-old already has some Hyundai A-League experience at Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar and is pressing to get back there after starring for the Victorian NPL high-flyers.

Katebian has banged in seven goals in 15 games for Avondale this season but offers more to the side than just his goals, often providing a great link between midfield and attack.

While he has a thriving business on the side - Coffee Nerd – he hasn’t given up on a professional football career so a big performance against Marconi Stallions tonight is sure to help his cause.

Joey Katebian in action for Brisbane Roar.
Joey Katebian in action for Brisbane Roar.

Anthony Frangie (Hakoah Sydney City East)

The attacking midfielder is an exciting prospect, taking his game to a new level win the NSW NPL this season.

Frangie has scored 10 goals in just 15 games for Hakoah in the league this season, an impressive return for a player who is still just 21 years of age.

He’s already scored against Bonnyrigg this season and if he can inspire Hakoah into the last 16 with another big display, it’s sure to have him on the radar of the Hyundai A-League clubs.

Anthony Frangie in action during the 2017 FFA Cup.
Anthony Frangie in action during the 2017 FFA Cup.

Andreas Weins (Adelaide Comets)

The Comets have reached the FFA Cup Round of 32 for the first time in the club’s history, largely thanks to the goals of Weins.

The German-born striker has been prolific in the South Australian NPL in recent seasons and has 13 from just 18 games for the fourth-placed Comets in 2018.

With Hyundai A-League clubs always on the lookout for consistent goalscorers, Weins could put his case forward with a big game against Gwelup Croatia.