Socceroos dismiss coach rift in lead-up to Ghana clash

Australian striker Harry Kewell has hit back at reports of a feud between Socceroo’s players and coach Pim Verbeek.

Kewell was upset at the media for not supporting the Australian side and felt they were making things up to bring the side down.

Football Federation Australia chief executive Ben Buckley also backed Kewell and the Australian coach by saying it was just speculation on a very ill-informed rumour.

Australian midfielders Mark Bresciano and Vince Grella were seen confronting Pim Verbeek after the loss to Germany last week which has led to reports of a rift in the Australian camp.

in other news, Australian midfielder Vince Grella has succumbed to a knee injury and his World Cup campaign appears finished with the injury expected to rule him out for up to three weeks.

Tim Cahill has been given a one-match ban by FIFA’s disciplinary committee and the Socceroo’s star will miss Australia’s vital clash against Ghana on Sunday in Rustenburg on Saturday.

Cahill will be free to play the Socceroo’s final group match against Serbia on June 24th in Nelspruit.

The Socceroos face a must win game on Sunday against Ghana in their Group D match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

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