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New Zealand has returned the focus to domestic games again after the attention on the Rio Olympic Games, and the Under 17 World Cup.
Coach Leon Birnie has named the squad set to participate in the forthcoming Under 20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea but the spotlight will be on the domestic scene this weekend at the National Women’s League.
The New Zealand under-20 team could only manage a draw against Solomon Islands in their final pool game.
However, the team is already qualified for the next round of matches, and the result will not have any impact on their ranking.
Veteran New Zealand player Annalie Longo is afraid of the repercussions of the poor performance at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympic Games as the team failed to proceed beyond the group stage.
She claimed the funding could be reduced in light of the results at the tourney.
The Football body of New Zealand have confirmed the friendly game set to hold against the Mexican national team in October as reported in the media.
They say the All Whites will fly to Tennessee to play against their opponents as the coach believes that the game will be a good training base ahead of the intercontinental playoff for the World Cup set to be hosted in Russia.
Hassett from New Zealand has a team ahead in Ajax from Netherlands.
Betty Hassett is a midfielder from Football Ferns club in New Zealand. She has worked with some giant clubs as well in football like Manchester City or Werder Bremen of Germany. With AFC Ajax is signing her up, she would be part of a successful club in the Netherlands. The player of 25 years of age is delighted that she would be heading over to Amsterdam. Hence, she would be donning a shirt in the likes of people like Dennis Bergkamp, Johan Cruyff and others.
New Zealand will be facing PNG team in the final of the OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby on Saturday, and the PNG coach believes that his team is good enough to get a result. Indeed, New Zealand are favorites in the game, and it will require a great performance from the local side if they want to win the game.
There were a lot of stunning results in the first round of the Chatham Cup took place around New Zealand this weekend.
In the Northern Region, Bucklands Beach caused a major upset in knocking out Lotto NRFL opposition Onehunga Mangere United 3-1 with Liam Thompson bagging a hat-trick. The defeat is the fourth defeat this season for Onehunga Mangere but it was their first against non-league opposition.
MLSCEO Don Garber says that international players are starting to get interested in the possibility of playing in this league after watching several stars speak highly of the competitiveness.
LA Galaxy star Steven Gerrard recently spoke about his delight at how the MLS exceeded his expectations as far as the competition is concerned
The FIFA World Cup qualifiers are scheduled to begin on May of 2016 and even though the New Zealand national football team has been struggling in the past few years to secure victories at a consistent level, the head coach, Anthony Hudson is certain that his team will be ready to compete against their opponents when the time arrives.