Isaka Cernak

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Isaka Čerňák
Isaka Cernak.jpg
Cernak playing for the Olyroos in 2011
Personal information
Full name Isaka Aongor Čerňák-Okanya
Date of birth (1989-04-09) 9 April 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Central Coast Mariners
Number 27
Youth career
Peninsula Power
Westside FC
Brisbane City
2004–2006 QAS
2007 AIS Football Program
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Brisbane Roar 15 (1)
2010–2011 North Queensland Fury 14 (1)
2011–2013 Melbourne Victory 21 (2)
2013 Wellington Phoenix 6 (0)
2013–2014 Perth Glory 4 (0)
2014– Central Coast Mariners 1 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Australia U-20 19 (5)
2010–2011 Australia U-23 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2011

Isaka Aongor Čerňák-Okanya (born 9 April 1989) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a attacking midfielder for Central Coast Mariners

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

In his youth football playing days, Cernak played for the Peninsula Power, Westside FC, Brisbane City, QAS and the AIS football teams.

Brisbane Roar[edit]

In 2008 Isaka Cernak joined A-League team Brisbane Roar (then called Queensland Roar), making 15 appearances and scoring a goal in his two seasons with the club. On 24 January 2009, Cernak made his senior debut as a substitute for Brisbane Roar against Perth Glory in a 4-2 win.[1] In 2010, he left the Roar to join state rivals the North Queensland Fury

North Queensland Fury[edit]

In June 2010, Isaka signed a deal with North Queensland Fury to become their 15th signed player for their upcoming season.[2] He made 14 appearances for the Fury, scoring one goal in his season with the Fury. Unfortunately for Cernak, the Fury were unable to extend his contract due to FFA ownership of the club.[3]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

During the 2010-11 season Melbourne Victory signed Cernak for the following season and Asian Champions League campaign as a replacement for departing striker Robbie Kruse to Bundesliga 2 club Fortuna Düsseldorf, with Fury unable to extend his contract due to FFA ownership of the club.[4]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

After being released by Melbourne during the January transfer window Cernak signed with Wellington Phoenix until the end of the season.[5]

Perth Glory[edit]

Just a few months after signing with Wellington Phoenix, Cernak signed with Perth Glory.

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

In February 2014 Isaka signed for reigning A-League champions Central Coast Mariners. Isaka stated upon signing: “Being able to have one-and-a-half years to learn as a footballer off ‘Mossy’ (Moss) and the players at Central Coast Mariners is really exciting for me."[6]

The Mariners became his 6th club in 6 years.

International career[edit]

Cernak has represented Australia at U-20 and U-23 level.He has 19 caps and five goals at U-20 level and he currently has 7 caps and zero goals at U-23 level. He has won the Weifang Cup U-18 competition for Australia in 2007 and the International Cor Groenewegen Tournament at U-20 level in 2009.

Personal life[edit]

Cernak was born in Brisbane, Queensland. His father is Ugandan, and his mother is Czech.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 19 March 2014)

Club League Season Cup Asia Total
Division Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Brisbane Roar A-League 2008–09 4 0 0 - - - - - - 4 0 0
2009–10 11 1 0 - - - - - - 11 1 0
Roar total 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1 0
North Queensland Fury A-League 2010–11 14 1 2 - - - - - - 14 1 0
Melbourne Victory 2010–11 0 0 0 - - - 4 0 0 4 0 0
2011–12 17 2 0 - - - - - - 17 2 0
2012–13 4 0 1 - - - - - - 4 0 1
Victory total 21 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 25 2 1
Wellington Phoenix A-League 2012–13 6 0 0 - - - - - - 6 0 0
Perth Glory 2013–14 4 0 0 - - - - - - 4 0 0
Central Coast Mariners 2013–14 1 0 0 - - - 2 0 1 3 0 1
Total 61 4 3 - - - 6 0 1 67 4 4

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

  • Weifang Cup (U-18): 2007
  • International Cor Groenewegen Tournament (U-20): 2009

References[edit]

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