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All Whites here to test Warriors
New Zealand’s football team were scheduled to arrive in Port-of-Spain last night from Houston for tomorrow’s friendly international against T&T at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The All Whites drew their final training fixture, playing to a 0-0 draw with American MLS club Chivas USA on Saturday.
According to New Zealand press officer Seamus Marten, the visitors are highly anticipating the match and are also aware of the significance of the game with Akeem Adams’ unfortunate health condition.
“The match has a lot of significance, not just for us in preparing for the World Cup playoff but also for T&T and Akeem Adams. We were sorry to hear of his circumstances,” Marten said.
New Zealand head coach Ricki Herbert added: “We’ve got a lot of respect for T&T, we saw them in Saudi Arabia last month and they’re a very good side. More importantly, it’s CONCACAF opposition on their home soil and we’ll be able to see how we go travelling in a couple days before the match.”
The 0-0 draw with Chivas was witnessed by a huge Mexican contingent and there has been request for media accreditation from Mexican media correspondents for tomorrow’s match which kicks off at 7:15pm.
Herbert was also at the Azteca on Friday night to witness Mexico’s 2-1 victory over Panama.
“[Mexico] are obviously a quality side and you could argue, player for player, they are still the best team in Concacaf despite their recent run,” Herbert told the Herald on Sunday. “We already knew how hard it was going to be but coming here, you can see they take their support to another level. The volume of people, not just inside the ground - there were thousands more outside and all around the stadium — was incredible.”
As of 2010, the New Zealand national team's home kit is a white jersey with white shorts and white socks. The away kit is a black jersey with black shorts and black socks.
The team plays in an all-white strip rather than the traditional New Zealand sporting black due to a former FIFA regulation that reserved black for the international referee strip. The silver fern, a symbol of New Zealand, appears on the national team’s kit.
Meanwhile T&T will have its final training session at the Larry Gomes Stadium today.
Before that, head coach Stephen Hart will join New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert for a press conference at the Trotter’s Sports Bar in Port of Spain as both men will give their pre-match views.
Hart described Saturday’s training session at Malabar as extremely intense as players tried to stake a claim for a spot in the starting eleven.
“The session was very competitive and it’s great for us. You can see the intensity and the willingness to work hard throughout which is what we want from the players. Despite this being a friendly, the players realise it’s an important preparation game for us because again, we are building for the 2018 World Cup campaign,” Hart said.
Striker Willis Plaza, back home from a stint in Vietnam, is hoping to execute well again on Tuesday following his two lively performances against United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Riyadh last month. Plaza scored with his first touch after coming off the bench against the UAE, helping T&T to recover from a 3-0 deficit before losing on penalties.
“New Zealand will be a tough side because they want to win also but we have to do it for our fans. I am sure they want to see us play good football and win the game on Tuesday,” Plaza said.
The T&T team trained yesterday evening at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
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