Junior All Whites looking for World Cup spot

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 11 July 2024, 8:00PM

New Zealand, the defending champions of the Oceania U19 Men's Championship became the first team to book a semi-final spot and could be just two matches away from gaining a World Cup spot.

Coach Chris Greenacre said his team selection was not easy as he needed a balance in the style of play that his players bring. There were a lot of video analysis that contributed to his final decision.

"Selecting a squad that has attributes that cover all of our needs for us to be successful in this tournament," he said.

"Players who want to buy into our environment whether that's playing or supporting. Having good people is essential. 

"We do extensive analysis on the strengths and vulnerabilities of the opposition and try to come up with a game plan that suits the strengths and attributes we have at our disposal. We are trying to play a style that is true to New Zealand," he added.

Coach Greenacre is confident that his preparations are going well and the facilities and the accommodations are a plus for his team. He said the players and staff are blending nicely, the players are in good spirits, and are looking forward to the next game.

New Zealand beat Samoa 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon and had a comfortable 3-0 win over New Caledonia. 

Their team is made up players mainly residing in New Zealand with just two players playing in Australia and Dubai. New Zealand will face Papua New Guinea on Friday morning. 

The outcome of this game will bear no significant bearing on the Junior All Whites qualification to the semi-final.


Oceania Football Confederation
By Vaelei Von Dincklage 11 July 2024, 8:00PM
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