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Tim Kee happy with Warriors progress
New Zealand, which finished as the only unbeaten team at the 2010 World Cup Finals, is interested in playing Trinidad and Tobago next month and it is very likely the game will be played in Port of Spain. According to Trinidad and Tobago Football Association President Raymond Tim Kee, who was in Riyadh to witness this country’s 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Monday, discussions were held with officials of the New Zealand FA on Monday night and an agreement to stage the game in T&T is close to being finalized.
Tim Kee indicated that several team have expressed a desire to play T&T in coming months and he was heartened by the fact that captain Kenwyne Jones and his teammates have risen to the challenge, following up on their promising showing at the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup with two commendable performance at the OSN Cup 2013 in Riyadh. “Plans to play against New Zealand next month are almost completed. They are very excited and they plan to come to Trinidad,” said Tim Kee. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us to stage a match at home before the end of the year because while the population has been seeing the exploits of the team on television and following the progress, it is an entirely different experience to see your national team playing at home,” Tim Kee added.
New Zealand completed draws with Italy, Slovakia and Paraguay in 2010 but missed out on qualifying for the round of sixteen. Despite losing 2-0 to United Arab Emirates in the OSN Cup Final on Monday, they are fancying their chances of qualifying for Brazil 2014 and will be using the possible friendly with T&T as final part of their preparations for the qualifying playoffs in November. I have heard that they players have said not only will they play for the country but they will also play for him and that’s a huge achievement.
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