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Tuesday 24 September 2019

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SUVA, Fiji - A clutch of Auckland City FC players were in the thick of the action as New Zealand U-23 played in Fiji while head coach Jose Figueira also named his U-17 World Cup squad.

Conor Tracey kept a cleansheet in his first appearance of the tournament while skipper Logan Rogerson was on target alongside former Navy Blues favourite Clayton Lewis who grabbed a brace.

The star of the show, if there can be such a title in a one-sided encounter, was Myer Bevan.

GOAL! Logan Rogerson scores for the second international in a row

Bevan scored five second half goals off the bench adding to goals from Ollie Whyte, Ben Waine with two and Dylan De Jong.

The result gave Des Buckingham his second win of the campaign and ensured passage to the semi-finals alongside the Solomon Islands who overcame Samoa 5-0 in the day's early match.

HAT-TRICK! Myer Bevan completes a personal treble

New Zealand complete their group stage responsibilities on Friday when they take on Solomon Islands to decide which team finishes in top spot in the group.

Today's 12-0 win gives the New Zealanders the upper hand going into the last game where a draw would be enough to progress in first place.

Both American Samoa and Samoa are eliminated but will have local bragging rights to play for in their final match.

GOAL! - Myer Bevan slams home his fifth and New Zealand's 12th.

Match Result
OFC Men's Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers
Tuesday 24 September 2019
New Zealand 12 (Clayton LEWIS 4', 34', Logan ROGERSON 15', Ollie WHYTE 19', Myer BEVAN 51', 75',78', 83', 89', Ben WAINE 54', 59', Dylan DE JONG 56')
American Samoa 0
HT: 4-0.

NZL: 12. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Jordan SPAIN, 3. Dylan DE JONG, 4. Hunter ASHWORTH, 5. Robert TIPELU, 8. Jake PORTER, 9. Logan ROGERSON [c] (7. Myer BEVAN 46'), 10. Clayton LEWIS, 11. Ollie WHYTE, 14. Billy JONES (18. Ben WAINE 46'), 19. Noah BILLINGSLEY.

SUBS NOT USED: 1. Cameron BROWN (GK), 20. Alex PAULSEN (GK), 6. Dane SCHNELL, 13. Liberato CACACE, 15. Sean LIDDICOAT, 16. Gianni STENSNESS, 17. Callan ELLIOT.

COACH: Des BUCKINGHAM.

New Zealand U-17 World Cup squad announced

New Zealand U-17 Men’s Head Coach José Figueira is pleased with the squad he has named for the FIFA U-17 World Cup next month in Brazil.

The OFC Champions, who defeated the Solomon Islands in the OFC U-16 Championship Final on penalties in September last year to book their place in the World Cup, will take on the hosts Brazil, Canada and Angola in the tournament that will be staged from 26 October to 17 November.

Figueira, who is heading to his first FIFA World Cup with a national age group team, is excited about the challenge in Brazil with a talented group of young men.

“I’m really excited about this group of players,” said Figueira. “This squad is a culmination of a big 18 plus months where we have identified players in what is a really strong age group across the country.

“It is exciting for New Zealand Football that we have a great group of young players coming through, and assembling this 21-man squad to take on some of the best teams from around the world is an exciting challenge for us. Now the focus and the preparations go up another notch as we count down to us departing.” 

Figueira has selected 16 of the 20 players who earned the team qualification last year at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara. There are also 16 players from NZ team that travelled to China and claimed a bronze medal in the invitational Panda Cup, where they opened the tournament with an impressive 2-0 win over the Chinese People’s Republic U-18 side in Chengdu.  

“It is exciting for New Zealand Football that we have a great group of young players coming through, and assembling this 21-man squad to take on some of the best teams from around the world is an exciting challenge for us. Now the focus and the preparations go up another notch as we count down to us departing.”

Figueira has selected 16 of the 20 players who earned the team qualification last year at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara. There are also 16 players from NZ team that travelled to China and claimed a bronze medal in the invitational Panda Cup, where they opened the tournament with an impressive 2-0 win over the Chinese People’s Republic U-18 side in Chengdu.

“There is a core of the group who have been there since the beginning of the cycle and what you find in this age group is you get boys that pop up on the scene, develop at different times, but was is exciting is and all of those players are in a really good space in their football. It is good to have that core but I’m also excited about the ones who have come on the scene in the past five to six months. We have a great blend and balance to this squad.”

The squad includes nine players from the Wellington Phoenix Academy (Lower Hutt City) and five players from the Ole Academy (Western Suburbs). There are seven players from Scots College in Wellington. Figueira recently travelled Brasília for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Workshop. He said it was great to see the facilities and get familiar with their group stage home at Bezerrão Stadium.

“There is a core of the group who have been there since the beginning of the cycle and what you find in this age group is you get boys that pop up on the scene, develop at different times, but was is exciting is and all of those players are in a really good space in their football. It is good to have that core but I’m also excited about the ones who have come on the scene in the past five to six months. We have a great blend and balance to this squad.”

The squad includes nine players from the Wellington Phoenix Academy (Lower Hutt City) and five players from the Ole Academy (Western Suburbs). There are seven players from Scots College in Wellington.

Figueira recently travelled Brasília for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Workshop. He said it was great to see the facilities and get familiar with their group stage home at Bezerrão.

New Zealand squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup (Club / School) 
Alexander Paulsen (Lower Hutt City / Scots College) 
Finn O'Connor (Lower Hutt City / Scots College)
Harry Bark (Lower Hutt City / Scots College)
Campbell Strong (Eastern Suburbs / Sacred Heart College)
Jackson Simpkin (Brisbane City / Anglican Church Grammar School) 
Adam Hillis (Lower Hutt City / Scots College)
Keegan Jelacic (Queensland Lions / Kimberly College)
Henry Hamilton (Lower Hutt City / Wellington College)
Jesse Randall (North Wellington / Rongotai College)
Matthew Garbett (Western Suburbs / Wellington College)
Nathan Lobo (Birkenhead United / Liston College)
Kris Naicker (Lower Hutt City / Scots College)
Luca Taylor (Birkenhead United / Mount Albert Grammar)
Oskar van Hattum (Lower Hutt City / NZIS)
Bradley Wilson (Western Springs / St Peters College Auckland)
Max Drake (Lower Hutt City / Scots College)
Benjamin Old (Lower Hutt City / Scots College)
Sean Bright (Western Suburbs / Tawa College)
Marko Stamenic (Western Suburbs / St Patricks College, Silverstream) 
Otto Ingham (Western Suburbs / Tawa College)
Callum Kennett (Lower Hutt City / Palmerston North Boys) 

FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019
26 October 
New Zealand v Angola
Estádio Bezerrão, Gama
Kick-off: 8pm local time

29 October
Brazil v New Zealand
Estádio Bezerrão, Gama
Kick-off: 8pm local time

1 November 
Canada v New Zealand
Estádio Bezerrão, Gama
Kick-off: 8pm local time



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